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Happy Flight


Thu 23 Jun 2016, 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 2016!

Japanese films shown at the University of Waikato are usually screened on the second or third Thursday of the month from 19:00pm and are preceded by a documentary about Japanese culture from 18:45pm.

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.

June : Happy Flight
(Director: Shinobu Yaguchi, 2008, 103min. Rating:PG Cast: Haruka Ayase, Saburo Tokito, Seiichi Tanabe)

A hit maker Yaguchi Shinobu of Waterboys and Swing Girls unfolds his favorite entertaining group drama in this movie, featuring people with various occupations relating to the operating of airplanes. The end product is a movie which cannot be bundled in a usual category of aviation movies characterized as panic movies.

The story mainly takes place on board the flight No.1980 bound for Honolulu from Japan. For Suzuki Kazuhiro (Tanabe Seiichi), the co-pilot, this flight is the final test for his promotion to become captain. For Saito Etsuko (Ayase Haruka), a newly recruited cabin attendant, this is her memorable debut on an international flight. However, the aircraft hits a bird soon after takeoff and the aircraft is forced to turn back to Japan due to technical failures. Then they are faced with yet another challenge - difficult landing conditions due to an approaching typhoon.

They manage to overcome the challenge with the help of instructions issued by the operation control center on the ground. The young crew in aviation-related occupations grow in experience after this bittersweet but fulfilling flight.

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

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