[Beyond the walls] Japanese cinema cycle

From May to August, alongside the “Samurai. Myths, cult and culture” exhibition, the Concorde cinema venue of Pont-à-Mousson programs a wide range of Japanese full-length features as well as animated movies aimed at everyone. Including classics, children’s films and new releases, the programme is a unique opportunity to (re)discover the richness and diversity of Japanese cinema in the original, subtitled version. Activities may be organized for some of the screenings. 

Information and box office directly to Concorde Cinema : 03 83 82 93 15 /

Seven Samurais by Akira Kurosawa

(1954, adventure, 3h26)
One of the great classics of worldwide cinema

In medieval Japan, the tranquility of a small village is troubled by the repeated attacks of a bandits. Seven masterless samurais accept to defend the powerless villagers.

Screenings : May 21st at 5 P.M. / May 23 at 8:30 P.M.

Wife of a Spy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

(2021, historical drama, 1h55)
An espionnage story in trompe-l’œil.

Kobe, 1941. Yusaku and his wife Satoko live happily together, far away from the growing tension between Japan and the West. But after a trip to Manchuria, Yusaku starts to act strangely, to the point where he attracts the suspicions of both his wife and the authorities.

Screenings : May 28th at 7 P.M. / May 30th at 8:45 P.M.

Every Day a Good Day by Tatsushi Omori

(2020, comedy drama, 1h40)
An introduction to tea ceremony.

In a traditional house of Yokohama, Noriko and her cousin Michiko learn about the tea ceremony. Under the conduct of Madam Takeda, a demanding professor, they discover the ancestral gestures of this art which will slowly change their outlook on life.

Screenings : June 4th at 7 P.M. / June 6th at 8:45 P.M.

Aristocrats by Yukiko Sode

(2022, drame, 2h05)
A vision of women in today's Japanese society

At almost 30, Hanako is still single, which displeases her rich and traditional family. When she finally thinks she has found the love of her life, she realizes that he already has an ambiguous relationship with a woman named Miki. Despite the gap between their worlds, the two women will have to get to know one another.

Screenings : June 11th at 6:45 P.M. / June 13th at 8:45 P.M.

The real thing (Part 1) by Kôji Fukada

(2020, romance, 1h49)
A subtle lovers’ utopy

Tsuji’s heart sways between his two colleagues. That is, until the night he meets Ukiyo, whose life he saves at a railroad crossing. Despite the warning of those close to him, he is irremediably attracted to this young lady…who keeps on disappearing.

Screenings : June 18th at 7 P.M. / June 20th at 8:45 P.M.

The real thing (Part 2) by Kôji Fukada

(2022, romance, 1h49)
The second part of The Real Thing

Tsuji has decided to completely forget about Ukiyo and gets engaged with his office colleague. Ukiyo, however, can’t seem to forget the memory of Tsuji…but this time, he is the one who has disappeared.

Screenings : June 25th at 7 P.M. / June 27th at 8:45 P.M.

Tempura by Akiko Ohku

(2020, comedy, 2h13)
A movie that will delight your taste buds

At 31, Mitsuko still has some difficulties with human relations. Lost in a Tokyo she finds way too big for her, she finds solace in cooking classes whose recipes she refines in her small apartment, until the day she meets a man younger than her at the office.

Screenings : July 2nd at 6:30 P.M. / July 4th at 9 P.M.

Sweet Bean by Naomi Kawase

(2015, comedy drama, 1h53)
A rare emotion.

Tokue, a 70-year-old lady, tries to convince Sentaro, who runs a traditional dorayaki shop, to hire her. Tokue can make an exquisite bean paste and people start flocking to the shop…

Screenings : July 9th at 7 P.M. / July 11th at 9 P.M.

The housewife by Yukiko Mishima

(2020, thriller, romance, 2h03)
A tale of feminine emancipation

When she runs into her former college lover, Toko, who has been a housewife for a long time, feels the desire to get back to work as an architect. But can we ever really reinvent our life?

Screenings : July 16th at 6:45 / July 18th at 9 P.M.

Akira by Katsuhiro Ôtomo

(1988, science-fiction, 2h04)
A masterpiece of cyberpunk animation.

July, 1988. A mysterious explosion destroys Tokyo, triggering the third World War. 31 years later, in 2019, Neo Tokyo has regained its former prosperity. In the shadow, however, things are less than joyful. Unemployment and gang violence are on the rise.

Screening : July 17th at 10 A.M.

Ramen shop by d’Eric Khoo

(2018, drama, 1h30)

Masato, a young Japanese ramen chef, has always dreamt of going to Singapore to rediscover the taste of his mother’s dishes, the ones she used to make when he was a child. As he undertakes this culinary trip of a lifetime, he discovers family secrets buried deep beneath the surface.

Screenings : July 23rd at 7 P.M. / July 25th at 9 P.M.

The Asadas by Ryôta Nakano

(2020, drame, 2h07)
A true ode to family

Ever since he was 12, photography has been the only thing that matters for Masashi. When he realizes that both his parents and his brother gave up on their dreams, he decides he will stage them: firefighter, yakuza’s wife, Formula 1 pilot…
When Japan is hit by the tsunami of 2011, Masashi’s photographs take on a new dimension.

Screenings : July 30th at 6:45 P.M. / August 1st at 9 P.M.