Kaho Indo in Shape of Red (Image credit: Japan Foundation)

A selection of brand-new Japanese films will be made available online for free this February – here’s how to watch them and which ones to look out for.

18 feature films will be shown as part of the virtual ‘This is My Place’ collection, organised by the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

The touring festival was scheduled to take place at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema in March 2020, but was cancelled just days before due to mounting concerns about Covid-19.

This year’s screenings will take place online from February 19 to March 10.

How to watch the films

Tickets will be available to book for free from 9 February, and each film will be available for either 48 or 72 hours from their specified starting date and time.

Viewers are urged to watch them with as few pauses as possible, as the tickets will expire four hours after you press play. 

The movies are not compatible with Google Chrome, but they can be accessed via Apple’s Safari Browser or Microsoft Edge.

A scene from Labyrinth of Cinema (Image credit: Japan Foundation)

What to watch

Screening on the first day of the festival from 6pm is Shape of Red, in which a successful woman named Toko risks losing her idyllic family life when she pursues a love affair with an old flame.

The Japan Foundation has also shown at least one animated feature annually in recent years, with this year’s being the time-travel drama HELLO WORLD, available on February 20 from 10am.

Perhaps the most highly-anticipated film of this year’s selection, however, is the late director Nobuhiko Obayashi’s final film, Labyrinth of Cinema.

Obayashi, who is known for the 1977 cult-classic horror movie House, shot and edited this three-hour psychedelic epic whilst receiving cancer treatment. It will be shown on February 27 from 10am.

Tickets for all films will be available via jpf-film.org.uk from February 9

By Jamie Morris