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Haru's Journey


Thu 16 Jul 2015, 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 2015!

Japanese films shown at the University of Waikato are usually screened on the second or third Thursday of the month from 7:00pm and are preceded by a documentary about Japanese culture from 6:45pm.

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.

July "Haru's Journey "
(Director: Masahiro Kobayashi, 2010, 134min. Rating:M, Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Eri Tokunaga, Hideji Otaki )

- Introduction -
The film is written and directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, who directed “the Rebirth (Ai No Yokan)”, which won Golden Leopard, as well as three additional awards at the same time, at Locarno International Film Festival 2007.

Kobayashi's films have been shown four times at Cannes International Film Festival (“Bootleg Film” (1999) in Un Certain Regard, "Film Noir (Koroshi)” (2000) in Director’s Fortnight, “Man Walking On Snow (Aruku Hito)” (2001) in Un Certain Regard, and“Bashing” (2005) in official competition), he is one of the most talented Japanese auteurs and highly regarded internationally.

As an experienced writer, Kobayashi put plenty of homages to earlier Japanese films that provide a universal look at life and death, and the break up and reunion of families into the screenplay for this film. Considering the increasing aging of populations in advanced countries, the movie’s compelling theme of the problems of aging can certainly be called sympathetic.

The lead in the film is played by Tatsuya Nakadai, who worked with Akira Kurosawa in “Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)”, “Yojimbo”, and “Ran” and also with Masaki Kobayashi in “Harakiri” and “The Human Condition” etc..
The film sketches the main character’s tough way of life both severely, and at times, fantastically.

- Synopsis -
April 2009, the old man Tadao and his granddaughter Haru [Spring] go on a trip.
Tadao, who lives in a lonely fishing village Mashike in Hokkaido, is a man who spent his life fishing the Pacific herring. He retired after injuring his leg, and lives alone with his granddaughter Haru after his only daughter killed herself. Haru was working as an elementary school nutritionist while taking care of her grandfather, but she lost her job when the school closed down.

One day, Haru tells Tadao that she wants to move to the city to find a new job and that one of his siblings should look after him. Tadao is angry but has no choice. So, they set off on a journey to visit his estranged siblings in Tohoku (North-east part of Japan).

Their journey develops around a theme of family reconciliation. Both understand the harshness of life and find the preciousness of human relations through their trip. It is a journey where Tadao looks back on his life and where Haru finds a new future.

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

(c)2010 Haru's Journey Film Partners / Laterna / Monkey Town Productions. All Rights Reserved.

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