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Japanese Film Festival 2018 - Yoko the Cherry Blossom


Sat 27 Oct 2018, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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: Yoko the Cherry Blossom
Director: Gen Takahashi
Released: 2015
Running Time: 114 minutes
Rated: PG

The inspiring true story of a rural Japanese high school teacher's lifelong quest to create the very first artificially pollinated hybrid cherry blossom, to fulfill a promise he made to his beloved students before they were sent off to the battlefields to fight in World War II.

Based on the inspiring true story, of the life of Masaaki Takaoka, a high school teacher in rural Japan. The time is World War II, and all Japanese are expected to collectively and faithfully support the war efforts of the military government. When Japan's defeat becomes imminent, Masaaki's beloved students get called upon to join the imperial forces' last-ditch efforts.

Masaaki has no choice but to send them off, with the promise that they would all meet again under the beautiful cherry blossoms on the school grounds upon their return, yet knowing the odds of their survival are slim to none, not to mention his very deep and personal anti-war sentiment.

Booking available from October 5.
The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand.

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