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Thu 18 Jul 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. 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.

July film - 'Nowhere Man ( Muno no Hito)'
(Director - Naoto Takenaka, 1991, 107min. Rating:PG, Cast: Naoto Takenaka, Jun Fubuki, Kotaro Santo)

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Venice Film Festival in 1991.

Best-known in the west for his scene-stealing performance as a obsessive cha-cha enthusiast in the 1996 hit film Shall We Dance, Naoto Takenaka is also a respected filmmaker in his own right, crafting such domestically praised works as 119 and Tokyo Biyori. Takenaka's directorial debut, Muno no Hito concerns a down-and-out cartoonist who turns to an unlikely vocation when his comic book gig goes sour.

The film focuses on manga artist Sukezo Sukegawa, who, after his chosen career tanks and successive business enterprises go south, turns to selling rocks -- polished rocks, rocks that look like Mount Fuji and the like. From a cost perspective, his new profession is literally dirt-cheap.

This film based on a cult manga by Yoshiharu Tsuge won the 1991 FIPRESCI prize in the 1991 Venice Film Festival.

Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers.)

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

Held in Lecture Theatre L3.

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