Euskadi Japan 2023: the exhibition "Icons of Japanese fantasy films"

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

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    Sep 2023
    Nov 2023
    San Sebastian

Donostia Kultura the Japan Foundation and the Etxepare Basque Institute present, as part of the activities programme Euskadi Japan 2023  and in the framework of the Horror Film Festival, the exhibition ‘Icons of Japanese fantasy films. Aguilar-Haraguchi Collection’, to run at the Okendo Kultur Etxea.

Horror, science fiction and fantasy. Kaijus, yokais, ghosts, vampires and beings from outer space. Before the explosion of Japanese animated cinema, which ripped through the world like wildfire until arriving at its current situation, and of what is known today as J-Horror, a vast number of Japanese films were produced using real images. Tales of vengeful spirits born from kabuki, adventures with local supernatural entities known as yokai, giant monsters represented by the Godzilla who now enjoys worldwide stardom or movies adapting the fashions of western cinema, such as alien invasions or vampires.

All of this cinema rendered highly imaginative posters greatly appreciated today. The Aguilar-Haraguchi Collection (one of the biggest in the world) includes posters, press guides, photographs, pressbooks and all sorts of advertising material impossible to find today which can be seen at the Okendo Kultur Etxea, together with examples of Haraguchi’s work as a creator of fantasy creatures.

The exhibition includes the screening (October 16th, 19:30) at Okendo Kultur Etxea of the documentary ‘Kaidan. Strange Stories of Japanese Ghosts’ (Yves Montmayeur , 2023).


Etxepare Basque Institute and the programme

The initiative ´Euskadi Japan 2023´ endeavors to enhance the visibility of the already-existing relations between the Basque Country and Japan across various sectors. The aim of the project is to strengthen ties between the two regions and create new collaborations in different areas including culture, gastronomy, tourism, economics, sports. The Etxepare Basque Institute works to strengthen ties in terms of cultural relations and collaborations between the Basque Country and Japan.

In the course of 2023, a bilateral program will be implemented in Japan and the Basque Country, focusing on fostering multi-sectoral activities in both regions.

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