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Filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto in Conversation

The Japan Foundation

Saturday, 26 September 2015 from 14:30 to 16:00 (BST)

Filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto in Conversation

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Iconoclastic auteur Shinya Tsukamoto is considered to be one of the most important filmmakers to emerge from Japan in recent decades. Achieving cult status from the release of his low-budget cyberpunk masterpiece Tetsuo: The Iron Man in 1989, Tsukamoto’s films have since, regardless of setting or theme, retained his trademark experimental and brutal style, capturing nightmarish visions of human existence. Often compared to Hollywood directors David Lynch and David Cronenberg, Tsukamoto has influenced many more (including Quentin Tarantino and David Fincher) and helped pave the way for many other contemporary Japanese filmmakers exhibiting their films overseas.

In this special talk, Tsukamoto will journey through his filmmaking career, looking at his ground-breaking body of work up until his most recent film, the anti-war epic Fires on the Plain, to be screened at this year’s Raindance Film Festival. Reflecting on the current state of the Japanese film industry, he will also reveal his decision to remain independent as a director, and his creative aspirations in taking multiple roles in his films; directing, writing, producing and often acting in his own productions.

This talk will explore Tsukamoto’s unique cinematic vision and offer an insight into the mind of Japan’s most exciting and uncompromising director.

Date: 26 September 2015, from 2:30pm
Venue: Impact Hub Westminster
1st Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
Nearest tube stations: Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus


Shinya Tsukamoto's Fires on the Plain will be screened on 25 and 27 September as part of this year's Raindance Film Festival. For details and the full line-up, please visit

This event is organised in association with Raindance Film Festival. This year's Way Out East strand at Raindance Film Festival is supported by the Japan Foundation.

 Special thanks to Kiyomi Nakazaki

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Impact Hub Westminster
1st Floor New Zealand House
80 Haymarket
SW1Y 4TE London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 26 September 2015 from 14:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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