Film Screening and Talk: Rail Truck (2009)

Oriental Museum Elvet Hill Durham DH1 3TH


Saturday, 25 August 2018, 2 – 4.15pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham

A coming-of-age story about a Japanese-Taiwanese boy learning about his family’s history

Atsushi travels with his brother and mother from Tokyo to the Taiwan countryside to visit his grandfather. Atsushi, aware that he is ‘different’ as a Japanese-Taiwanese boy, learns more about his grandfather’s life under the Japanese Empire in the early 20th century. This imperial expansion is discussed in our new Emperor’s New Clothes exhibition.

This is a drama about family ties, growing up, and the search for identity. Beautiful cinematography by award-winning Mark Lee Ping-Bing, known for his work on In the Mood for Love (2000), as he vibrantly captures the Taiwanese scenery.

The film screening will start at 2pm, followed by a Q&A session with Professor Adam Bronson from Durham University’s Department of History at 16:00. A small reception of drinks and biscuits will be provided in the gallery.

Admission: free of charge. Thanks to the Embassy of Japan in London for their support of this event.

Suitable for ages 16 and over.

Directed by Hirofumi Kawaguchi


116min (Japanese language with English subtitles)

This event is part of our new exhibition The Emperor’s New Clothes: Transforming 19th Century Japan, on until 9 September 2018.

Image: Copyright © 2009 TOROCCO LLP



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