Akira Kurosawa | Japan | 1961 | 1h 50m | Japanese/English subs | Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa, Daisuke Katô, Kyû Sazanka, Eijirô Tôno

Set in 16th century Japan, a crafty warrior drifts into a rural town divided by two criminal gangs. He offers his services to both gangs, playing them off against each other, in the hope they will destroy each other and free the village from a life of continual violence. Kurosawa’s exhilarating and darkly comic genre-twisting thriller went on to influence many Hollywood Westerns having been remade at least three times – most notably by Sergio Leone in A Fistful of Dollars.

If you buy a ticket for this screening of Yojimno as well as Throne of Blood (Sun 7 Nov, 13:30) and Seven Samurai (Sun 7 Nov, 16:30) in a single transaction, you will receive a 15% discount on the total cost. 


Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk

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Today (Tuesday 3rd October)


Once Upon a Time in Uganda 15
1h 34m
Playful documentary looking at the world of “Wakaliwood”, Uganda's own DIY action movie industry, and the creative endeavours of bricklayer-turned-filmmaker, Isaac Nabwana.

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Past Lives 12A
1h 46m | Korean w/ English subtitles
Celine Song's critically-acclaimed and deeply romantic feature debut about two childhood friends from South Korea who reunite for one week in New York after two decades spent apart.

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Tomorrow (Wednesday 4th October)


Love Life 12A
2h 3m | Japanese & Korean w/ English subtitles
An intricately plotted domestic drama following a Japanese couple whose marriage is thrown into question following a sequence of fateful events. Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Kôji Fukada.

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