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Thu 14 Mar 2013, 7:00pm

Where: University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: JapaneseConsulate

Join us for the Japanese Film Evenings for 2013!

All films have English subtitles.
Admission is free and booking is not necessary.
Films, dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances so please contact us to confirm details.

We hope that you will enjoy the films and gain a deeper insight into various aspects of Japanese society.

March film "Pom Poko"
(Director: Isao Takahata, 1994, 114min. Rating:PG, Studio Ghibli Animation)

From the creators of the Academy Award winning film “Spirited Away “

Tanuki are little raccoon-like creatures that appear in classical Japanese literature and possess legendary powers, such as the ability to transform themselves into statues or other beings.

‘Pom Poko’ presents a new Tanuki legend, telling of their attempts to stop humans over-developing their forest home in Tama Hills. Celebrating the history of Japanese storytelling, this film pays homage to many old tales and adopts a traditional style of music throughout.

In depicting the desperate and at time tragic plight of the lovable Tanuki, as their forest home is literally paved over and new housing built, director Isao Takahata offers a reminder of what is at stake as a result of over-crowding in present-day Japan.

Presented by the Consulate-General of Japan, The University of Auckland, The University of Waikato, The Japan Foundation.

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