MUMON: The Land of Stealth

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018

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

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MUMON: The Land of Stealth
(Shinobi no Kuni 忍びの国)

Certificate: 12A
Length: 125 min
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Cast: Satoshi Ono, Satomi Isihihara, Ryohei Suzuki, Yuri Chinen, Makita Sports, Yuna Taira, Denden
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.

Mumon (Satoshi Ono) is an invincible shinobi of the Iga ninja clan. Despite his lazy nature he is eager to seek money to keep his wife Okuni (Satomi Ishihara) happy. In the deadly war against the imperious warlords, the Nobunaga clan, Mumon leads the Iga family to battle with a secret plan and some of the most cunning and unimaginable tactics.

A popular and versatile director known for his offbeat dramas, Yoshihiro Nakamura takes on the jidaigeki (period drama) epic, uncovering the untold nature of the ninja and featuring a host of fantastical action sequences.

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

Image: © 2017 MUMON Film Partners, © 2008 Ryo Wada/Shinchosha