A series of Japanese films that represent women producers of the 21st century is showing in Cinema 1 at the Barbican, London.
While clearing a relative?s apartment following her death, a teenager unravels the heart-breaking story of his Aunt Matsuko?s life; a tale of recurring mistreatment at the hands of several unsuitable boyfriends.
Billed as the Japanese Amélie, Memories of Matsuko is a beguiling yet tragic fairytale blending human drama with offbeat comedy and some energetic production numbers.
Tomorrow (Sunday), the film is Sakuran. Here, photographer Mika Ninagawa provides luscious colour against a traditionally styled background.
A lavish period drama, it features lots of costumed ?eye-candy? and is an adaptation from Moyoco Anno?s manga series.
Sakuran stars multi-talented model, actress and singer Anna Tsuchiya as a spirited, rebellious young girl Kiyoha on her journey to become an oiran courtesan of the house of Tamakiku.
On Monday 15 November, you can see Dolls, a set of three narratives about love and death by multi-talented filmmaker, Takeshi Kitano.
Highly stylised, with exquisite costumes from Yamamoto, the film moves through the four seasons as it weaves together three narratives of spurned love.
It opens with a scene from Banraku – Japanese puppet theatre – and goes on to meditate on the nature of the doll, of death, and the mistake of overlooking love.