Japanese Film Festival 2017 - What a Wonderful Family!

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Proudly presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Film Festival is coming to Wellington once again! Due to the festival’s popularity, it will again take place at Paramount Cinema, with plenty of space for the whole family!

In order to attend, please print out or download your free tickets from Eventfinda, and bring them along for entry to the theatre from 1:30 pm. All movies are preceded by a short documentary about Japanese culture, starting 10 minutes prior to the film’s screening. Seating is not allocated, so come early to secure your favourite spot!

Tickets will be available until 2 hours before the start of the film. After this, you will not be able to register online, but door entry will be available from 1:50 pm if there is space in the theatre.

The Japanese Film Festival 2017 offers entertainment with a mixture of drama, action and comedy that will inspire and engage those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. All movies are free admission, so spread the word and bring along your friends and family! Please register and print or download your free tickets by using Eventfinda’s registration system!

Title: What a Wonderful Family!
Director: Yoji Yamada
Released: 2016
Running Time: 108 Min
Rated: PG

A heartwarming comedy from director Yoji Yamada known for his "Tora – san" (Otoko wa Tsuraiyo) series and The Yellow Handkerchief. This film portrays the awkward and often ridiculous interactions among family stumbling through their everyday lives.

An old couple Shuzo (Isao Hashizume) and Tomiko (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) live with eldest son’s family. On the birthday of Tomiko, her husband, Shuzo, asks her what she wants as a memorial gift. She answers, “A divorce.” Their children are much thrown into a state of panic to hear this news of separation. Amid the sudden tumult of life, each member of the family begins to publicise respective grievances.

The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand

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