Touching the Skin of Eeriness (2013) +
Heaven Is Still Far Away (2016)

  • October 10, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Touching the Skin of Eeriness (不気味なものの肌に触れる / Bukimi na Mono no Hada ni Sawaru) (2013)
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Runtime: 54 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG13 (Some Violence)


Full Synopsis

After the death of his father, Chihiro lives with his older half-brother Togo. Although Togo and his girlfriend Satomi warmly welcome him, Chihiro’s loneliness lingers, and he becomes engrossed in practicing a strange improvisational dance with his classmate, Naoya. When Naoya’s girlfriend breaks up with him, a series of events are set in motion, leading to tragic consequences.

A prequel to an as-yet-unreleased project known as Floods, Touching the Skin of Eeriness is a haunting mystery dominated by enigmatic dialogue and captivating movement.


Heaven Is Still Far Away (天国はまだ遠い /
Tengoku wa mada tôi) (2016)

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Runtime: 35 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)
Rating: NC16 (Sexual Scene)

Full Synopsis

Yuzo, a censorship mosaic editor for pornography videos, lives in an apartment with high schooler Mitsuki with whom he shares a peculiar companionship. When Satsuki, a documentarian, reaches out to Yuzo regarding a film she intends to make about the death of her sister, the true nature of Yuzo and Mitsuki’s relationship is revealed.

A short piece originally made as a reward for those who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign for Happy Hour (2015), Hamaguchi describes Heaven Is Still Far Away as “[his] first ghost story”.

Oldham Theatre’s opening hours

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, 23 September 2021.

4 Films by Ryusuke Hamaguchi screens at Oldham Theatre from 9 – 16 October 2021. Full programme here

Friends of AFA members may select the “Friends of AFA” option and enter your membership number if you wish to redeem your remaining complimentary tickets.

For further assistance, please contact us at ticketing@asianfilmarchive.org 

Important Notice:
Do note that Oldham Theatre does not play ads and screenings will start promptly. Arrive early so as not to disrupt the screenings. All patrons are encouraged to purchase your tickets online to be able to secure a seat. Seats are limited due to social distancing regulations. If you choose to purchase tickets or merchandise at Oldham Theatre’s box office, cashless payment is preferred.
Measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all patrons at Oldham Theatre. This includes wearing a mask at all times for both staff and patrons, TraceTogether logging and observance of social distancing around the theatre. Doors will open 20 minutes before showtime, so arrive early to register and find a seat.

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