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BFI Player launches Japan 2020 in May

Japan 2020, a six month event showcasing over 100 years of Japanese cinema, is live now on BFI Player.

Collections on Akira Kurosawa and classic Japanese movies are available to watch, with more to follow in June through October.

The Tokyo Olympics are postponed until 2021, and possibly beyond. The chances of travelling to and from the Isle of Wight let alone Japan this year are wobbly. So, the fact the BFI are going ahead with the season is great news in a miserable time.

Safely escape lockdown for £4.99 a month (and two weeks free trial) by journeying through over one hundred years of Japanese cinema from the comfort of your living room.

Classics of Japan’s Golden Age and films that rocked the studio system...

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When the Lights Went Out

WTLWO QUAD@50%_Artwork.inddDirector: Pat Holden

Cast: Kate Ashfield, Steven Waddington, Natasha Connor, Hannah Clifford, Martin Compston

Cert: 15

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2012


The lowdown: England, 1974, and one Yorkshire family has more to worry about than the energy crisis, rising unemployment and Noel Edmonds hosting Top of the Pops. Their new council house home is host to a violent poltergeist known as “The Black Monk” and none of them are safe, particularly not the teenage daughter. This modest, but unnerving British horror, reportedly based on a true story, is a natural born chiller.

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The full verdict: We Brits are good at ghost stories, probably to do with a history written in blood and our dramatically bleak landscapes.

When The Lights Went Out is a solid addition to our ghostly gallery, drawing u...

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