• Shadow of Fire (15)

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

Amid the scorching aftermath of World War II, Tokyo lies in ruins, and its survivors grapple with unimaginable challenges. In this unforgiving reality, a young war orphan sneaks into a local tavern-turned-brothel, where a destitute woman (Shuri) sells her body to make a living. Soon, their interaction ignites a faint glimmer of hope.

They all need to survive, including the small child, by making ends meet. The woman begs the orphan boy not to steal or involve himself in dangerous business, but one day, he decides to follow a vendor with dark intentions…

Shadow of Fire transcends the war genre, exploring human principles and tragedy under extreme conditions. It marks Shinya Tsukamoto’s second feature war film, capturing human emotions with meticulous realism and tension. Acclaimed since his theatrical debut with Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Shinya Tsukamoto continues to influence creators worldwide. Shadow of Fire earned the Best Asian Film Award at the 2023 Venice Film Festival, demonstrating its edgy and cinematically stylish storytelling.

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (With English subtitles)

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


Shinya Tsukamoto


Oga Tsukao, Hiroki Kono

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