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Japanese Film Festival 2018 - Where I Belong


Sun 28 Oct 2018, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: PG

Proudly presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Film Festival is coming to Wellington once again! All films will be screened at the lovely Hannah Playhouse, with plenty of space for the whole family!

In order to attend, please book tickets through Hannah Playhouse. 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!

The Japanese Film Festival 2018 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!

Title: Where I Belong
Director: Shinji Azuma
Released: 2017
Running Time: 108 minutes
Rated: PG

Abandoned by his parents as a child, Shoto Izumi survives as a street urchin, stealing and purse-snatching. He has grown up a thief and mugger preying upon defenseless women and the elderly.

After inadvertently stabbing a victim, he flees into the remote hills of Miyazaki Prefecture where he assists an injured elderly woman, Suma. She takes him into his home and he initially plans to rob her, but is embraced by the warmth of the townspeople who mistake him for Suma’s grandson.

Shoto somehow gets recruited into helping with mountain foraging work and festival preparations, and gradually, finds his hardened heart undergoing a change. He encounters Michi, a local girl who has returned home after 10 years who seems to stoke in him further remorse of his criminal past. Seeking redemption and a “do over” in life, Shoto finds himself facing a critical decision.

Booking available from October 5.

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