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About Japan Foundation Touring Programme: Shadow Of Fire

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 (TSUKAO Oga) 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 (MORIYAMA Mirai) with dark intentions…

Shadow of Fire transcends the war genre, exploring human principles and tragedy under extreme conditions. It marks TSUKAMOTO Shinya’s second feature war film, capturing human emotions with meticulous realism and tension. Acclaimed since his theatrical debut with Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), TSUKAMOTO Shinya 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.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

The theme of this year's programme is Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 is co-presented by the Japan Foundation supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and with sponsorships in kind from SUQQU, Atheltia, Clearspring and Pentel.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers and adverts. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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