From 09.10. To 13.10.2017.

New Japanese Films ©ABRAXAS partners

New Japanese Films

"The authors of films from this program, whether they adapted literary or comic book originals, seem to have followed the words of Slavko Mihalić who wrote that music was the art that helped him find himself throughout his whole life, calmed him down and renewed the sense of what he believed in and what he worked on." (Josip Grozdanić)

Films in cycle

Have a song on your lips

(Kuchibiru ni uta wo, Japan, 2015)

Directed by: Takahiro Miki
PHOTOGRAPHY: Koichi Nakayama

Yuri Kashiwaga is a talented musician who leaves Tokyo and returns to her hometown on the Goto islands. Her friend and a teacher in the local school goes on maternity leave and Yuri substitutes for her. She is also in charge of the school choir, which is preparing for a competition. Yuri gives her students a task to write a letter to themselves as if they were 15 years older. Thus, fifteen-year-olds reveal their current secrets and worries to the thirty-year-old versions of themselves.

color, digital, 132 min
Wednesday 11.10.2017 AT 19:00
Monday 09.10.2017 AT 21:00


(Maesutoro!, Japan, 2015)

Directed by: Shôtarô Kobayashi
PHOTOGRAPHY: Motonobu Kiyoku

Due to lack of finances a musical orchestra stopped working but there is rumor about its revival. Some of its former members gather and try to start playing. However, they have not practiced in a long time and sound terrible. Then a new conductor Tetsusaburo Tendou appears. They don’t know anything about him and are quite skeptical. However, they decide to give him a chance. Slowly the musicians renew their musical skills and regain their self-esteem.

color, digital, 129 min
Friday 13.10.2017 AT 21:00
Tuesday 10.10.2017 AT 19:30

A Band Rabbit and the Boy

(Gakutai no usagi, Japan, 2013)

Directed by: Suzuki Takuji
PHOTOGRAPHY: Yoshihisa Toda

Shy and introverted Katsuhisa spends as much time as it is necessary in school, and afterwards hurries home. One day he runs into a mysterious rabbit and decides to follow him to the part of the school where a musical band has its practice. Enthralled with all the instruments that he saw, Katsuhisa decides to join the band and from then on stays in school every day to practice. The actors in the film are partly local children and non-professional actors who passed the audition and spent the ent...

color, digital, 97 min
Thursday 12.10.2017 AT 19:00
Wednesday 11.10.2017 AT 21:15


(Aburakurasu no matsuri, Japan, 2010)

Directed by: Naoki Katô

The protagonist of the film is a Buddhist priest who in his youth used to be a singer and a guitarist in the punk rock band in Tokyo. Now, as an older man he tries to cope with depression and care for his wife and son. One day in the temple, he has an outburst of anger in front of a group of visiting students and decides to face his past and try to play music again. Thee head priest in the temple thinks it is a good idea, but his wife is worried…

color, digital, 113 min
Friday 13.10.2017 AT 19:00
Thursday 12.10.2017 AT 21:00
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