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I dropped by the BFI today because my festival tickets never did arrive in the post (so not impressed!). While there, I browsed the website a bit and noticed another Japanese film on the programme for the festival (which started today!): 「ジャパン イン ア デイ」 (Japan in a Dei/Japan in a Day, UK/Japan, 2012).

It’s presumably a late addition, because I did read that catalogue rather carefully, small print and all. Though it’s not Sono Sion’s latest (wouldn’t we all wish!), it is a one-of-a-kind project that will be shown at an early hour to coincide with its screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival – making it a double-world premiere synchronised over time-zones and continents. Kind of awesome if you think about it, but rather suitable for what it pays tribute to:

Sunday 11 March 2012 marked the first anniversary of the catastrophic Great East Japan Earthquake. The most powerful earthquake ever to strike Japan caused immeasurable damage not only to the stricken areas, but also to the nation as a whole. To commemorate the tragedy, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Fuji TV collaborated on a project inspired by Kevin McDonald’s Life in a Day, asking people across Japan to pick up a camera and capture something about their day. What shines through are the thoughts, feelings and hopes that the remembrance of this terrible event inspired. Japanese director Gaku Narita, along with British director Philip Martin and editor Kristina Hetherington, fashioned this moving, eloquent testament from more than 8000 films shot by contributors from 12 different countries and uploaded onto YouTube. (From the BFI website)

The film will screen on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. and will also include a broadcast of the live Q&A with some of the contributors at the Tokyo screening.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube.
Screens at the BFI Southbank. Ticket booking here. (I have to say I’m a bit bummed that I will be working that particular Saturday morning.)

Random irrelevant tidbit: Dorama lovers, while searching for the project’s title in Japanese script via Narita’s name, I discovered that he was one of the directors of the lovely 「ラッキーセブン」 (Rakkīsebun/Lucky Seven, Japan, 2012) starring the lovely Matsujun 🙂 and our weird-hair Eita. (Actually, the BFI website mentions that – the dorama, not Matsujun and Eita – too, but I didn’t read that far.)