10:19 - 19th September 2012, by David West

Way Out East at Raindance Film Festival

The Raindance Film Festival is an annual showcase for independent filmmakers from all across the world.

The festival runs from 26 September to 7 October. The line-up includes strands devoted to documentaries, Mexican films, American independent movies, and Homegrown UK productions.

Japanese cinema is covered in the Way Out East section. The line-up this year consists of:

About The Pink Sky - Keiichi Kobayashi's black and white movie about Izumi, a teenage girl who finds a wallet full of cash and decides to lend some of the money to a friend whose business is suffering. When the original owner of the wallet wants his money back, he strikes up an unusual bargain with Izumi so she can repay him.

After School Midnighters - a CGI anime feature by Hitoshi Takekiyo in which a life-sized anatomy model at an elementary school comes to life.

Sado Tempest - Shakespeare's The Tempest re-imagined as a Japanese rock musical. Writer and director John Williams will be giving a talk at the Japan Foundation to tie-in with the screenings.

Don't Dare To Stop Love - Shot on 8mm, Yoko Oguchi's movie about a single mother dealing with cancer gets its world premiere in London.

Olo, The Boy From Tibet - Hisaya Iwasa's documentary concerns Olo who lives at a boarding school in the Tibetan Children's Village in India operated by the Tibetan-Government-in-Exile.

A Road Stained Crimson - A motorbike mechanic finds he can not leave his violent past behind in Tetsuhiko Nono's slow-burning drama.

You can find details of dates and how to book tickets on the Raindance Way Out East page, check out the full schedule on the Raindance site.

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