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The Voice of Distant Star + The Garden of Words

When:

Mon 3 Aug 2015, 6:30pm

Where: Massey University Albany Campus, State Highway 17, Albany, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: JapaneseConsulate

Join us for the Japanese Film Evenings for 2015!

Japanese films shown at Massey University are usually screened on the first Monday the month from 6:30pm and are preceded by a documentary about Japanese culture from 6:15pm.

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.

August : Director Makoto Shinkai Special Double Feature "The Voice of Distant Star " + " The Garden of Words"

"The Voice of Distant Star "
(Director: Masahiro Kobayashi, 2011, 25min. Rating:PG Animation)

Middle school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao are close friends and members of the same club activities. But in the summer of 2046, Mikako tells Noboru that she has been chosen as a Select Member of the United Nations Space Army. Mikako leaves Earth in the winter of 2047, while Noboru goes on to high school in Japan. Separated by space, the two try to stay in touch by mobile mail. However, as Mikako goes farther out in the solar system on board the Lysithea spaceship, it takes increasingly longer for each to receive the other's mail. Noboru stays on Earth, frustrated by his situation and resigned to the fact that he can only wait for Mikako's emails. As time goes by, the Lysithea fleet approaches a time warp, a situation that make both Mikako and Noboru acutely aware of the time gap separating them.

"The Garden of Wores"
(Director: Masahiro Kobayashi, 2013, 46min. Rating:M Animation)

When Takao, a high school student dreaming of becoming a shoemaker, skips school one day in favor of sketching shoes in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters the mysterious Yukino. Older, but perhaps not much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. The two strike up an unusual relationship through chance meetings in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, leaving many things left unshared between them…

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

(c) Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films

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