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Japanese Film Festival


Tue 13 Oct 2015, 6:00pm–7:50pm
Wed 14 Oct 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Thu 15 Oct 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Fri 16 Oct 2015, 6:00pm–8:15pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Kindly sponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the Japanese Film Festival presents a vivid selection of recent Japanese Films.


- 6pm Tues 13 October: "Wood Job!" / "(Ujjobu) Kamisari nânâ nichijô"
(Japan, 2014, 116 min, PG)
After failing his university entrance examinations and being left by his girlfriend, Yuki Hirano decides to join a forestry training program only to discover that the job is much harder than he expected working under his high demanding boss.

- 6pm Wed 14 October: "Thermae Romae"
(Japan, 2012, 108 min, M - Violence and nudity)
Ancient Roman architect Lucius is too serious. His inability to keep up with the fast-moving times costs him his job. When a friend takes the dejected Lucius to the public bathhouse to cheer him up, Lucius accidentally slips through time and resurfaces in a modern-day public bath in Japan.

- 6pm, Thurs 15 October: "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness" / "Yume to kyôki no ôkoku"
(Japan, 2013, 118 min, PG - Coarse language)
Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s "The Wind Rises" and Takahata’s "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya."

- 6pm, Fri 16 October: "Lady Maiko" / "Maiko wa redî"
(Japan, 2014, 135 min, G)
Country bumpkin Haruko only ever wanted to become a geisha, like her now-deceased mother. Initially rebuffed for lack of references, Haruko's strong accent intrigues a linguistics professor, who undertakes to coach her.

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