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Wanko - The Story of Me, My Family and My Dog


Thu 12 Jun 2014, 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 2014!

Japanese films shown at the University of Waikato are usually screened on the second or third Thursday of the month from 7:00pm.

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.

June film "Wanko - The Story of Me, My Family and My Dog"
(Director: Isamu Nakae, 2011, 123min. Rating:PG, Cast:Ryuta Sato Kumiko Aso Mieko Harada )

The touching drama is based on a true story.

The story is based on a real story of the residents of the island of Miyakejima, which erupted in 2000 and had to be evacuated.

A family, Matsuo, Takako, Matsuo's mother Fusako, and Matsuo and Takako's young son Shin live on the island of Miyakejima, 200 km south of Tokyo. Together, they run a small bed and breakfast for tourists and have two pet golden retrievers, Hana and her son Rock.

Shin is in charge of taking care of Rock every day, and despite some typical rambunctiousness from Rock (including peeing on Takako on multiple occasions), they lead a happy life. However, Hana becomes ill, consuming Fusako's attention, and the island starts to be hit by multiple earthquakes, causing visitors to cancel their reservations at the inn.

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

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