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Urban, Natural, Human - exploring Japan on screen

Ascent + short

Sat 11 December 2021

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English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

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The peak of Mount Fuji covered in snow and surrounded by clouds.


Urban, Natural, Human is a touring programme curated by Day for Night, exploring Japanese architecture, design and landscape.

With its core themes of the built and natural environments in contemporary Japan, the programme reflects on regeneration, recovery and creativity, framed through historical, current and future contexts. The project also takes on a fresh relevance in light of the pandemic, as we adapt and rethink our relationship to space, collective gathering and the built environment around us, pointing to broader discourses concerning our place as humans in an ever-changing world.


dir. Fiona Tan, Japan/Netherlands 2016, 81 mins, docufiction

Fragments of letters between a writer and her deceased partner, Hiroshi, recounting a journey up Mount Fuji, are interspersed with ruminations on war-time and post-war Japanese society and culture. Comprising 150 still images of Mount Fuji – from archival material to amateur photos – acclaimed artist, Fiona Tan, crafts an extraordinary portrait of Japan's most revered mountain. Balanced delicately between documentary and fiction, Ascent is at once an ode to Japan’s great icon, a reflection on the social history of 20th century Japan, a study of grief and a meditation on the nature of photography and film.

Short: Cine Nouveau 20th Anniversary Project

dir. Kaori Oda, 4 mins

For the 20th anniversary of an arthouse film theatre in Osaka, three photographers record its history and four days of restoration work.

Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. /

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6:00pm — 7:30pm




Tickets: £6 / £4

Booking fee: 10 percent booking fee


English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

Tickets no longer available