Sing My Life

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

(Un)true Colours – Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema

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£7 concessions, £6.50 members

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Sing My Life
(Ayashii kanojo あやしい彼女)

Certificate: 12A
Length: 125 min
Director: Nobuo Mizuta
Cast: Mitsuko Baisho, Mikako Tabe
Language: Japanese with English subtitles

Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.

With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.

Katsu (Mitsuko Baisho) is an eccentric and sharp-tongued grandmother who has worked hard throughout her life in order to make ends meet. Now 73, Katsu regrets being unable to live life to the fullest and not being able to pursue her dreams. One day, while taking a short walk seeking respite from her hectic family life, Katsu stumbles upon a mysterious photography studio – one which magically transforms her back into her 20-year-old self (Mikako Tabe). With newfound freedom and youthful energy, Katsu joins her oblivious grandson’s pop band as a singer and embarks on a journey to stardom.

A heart-warming tale with plenty of laughs and toe-tapping tunes, this cross-generational comedy is based on the blockbuster Korean movie Miss Granny, an Asia-wide hit which has inspired numerous remakes.

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Major Supporters The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, JAL Japan Airlines, Yakult Cultural Partners Modern Culture Sponsors in Kind IGA UENO

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