• Lonely Castle in the Mirror (PG)

  • Cinema


  • £6.50 Full Price
  • £5.50 Concessions
  • £4.50 Student Members


  • 116

Screening as part of: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024: "Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema"

A brand new Japanese animation from the director of Miss Hokusai, and based on the best-selling novel. A group of students become mysteriously transported to an enchanting castle, where they must play a game to find a hidden key in return for any wish they desire, a game that is ultimately one of life and death.

Kokoro is a middle school student who confines herself to her room after losing her place at school due to bullying. One day, she notices her room’s mirror start to glow, transporting her to a mysterious castle. There, she encounters six other children of a similar age, all facing struggles in their lives. In the castle, a mysterious girl wearing a wolf mask known as Okami-sama offers them a task: locate a hidden key within the castle, and she will grant any wish. Will the children succeed? What secrets lie hidden in their hearts? As the mysteries unravel, they are in for a miraculous revelation.

An adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same title by Tsujimura Mizuki.

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (With English subtitles)

©2022 “Lonely Castle in the Mirror” Film Partners

Talking Pictures

Join us in the bar after the Wednesday evening screening for a relaxed discussion about the film

Talking Pictures is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network. 

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

Experience Japan Through Cinema

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (JFTFP24), returns with its biggest showcase ever

Memories play a powerful role in the mind. Shaped fluidly by individuals or time, they have been a source of inspiration for many filmmakers, fuelling their creativity to craft colourful stories. The JFTFP24 delves into Japanese cinema to explore how memories are employed in the cinematic voices of Japanese filmmakers, from films where memories are a focal point to works where they play a subliminal role in driving or affecting people’s minds and behaviour.

With an incredibly diverse range of films all based on memories, time, and reflections, this year’s programme is set to provide UK audiences with memorable stories and unforgettable moments.

Screening at The Dukes

The Zen Diary - Sunday 18 February
Mondays: See You ‘This’ Week! - Sunday 25 February
Lonely Castle in the Mirror - Wednesday 6 March
Shadow of Fire - Tuesday 12 March


Keiichi Hara


Toma Ami

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