The Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, is very pleased to announce the Japanese Film Festival. This year for the first time ever, New Plymouth will host the Japanese Film Festival.
The Japanese Film Festival is an annual event held to encourage the growth of Japanese culture and understanding in New Zealand. Each year, we try to give the people of New Zealand some insight into the culture, customs, and traditions of Japan, alongside what is popular with Japanese society today, through film.
All films will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
This year, Japanese Film Festival will feature six films from a variety of genres including drama, comedy, mystery and animation. The opening film “Born Bone Born” (Japanese title Senkotsu, “Bone-washing”) revolves around an almost-extinct funerary tradition in Okinawa, Japan. This award-winning drama weaves a heart-warming tale of a dysfunctional family brought back together through the funeral customs and rites of their late mother. Also of interest is the stunning visual rainbow of bold imagery and animation in the family-friendly feature film “Lu Over the Wall”, which took the Annecy International Animated Film Festival by storm.
Admission is free to all sessions, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No booking is required.
Film screening schedule in New Plymouth:
Saturday 2 November 12:30 pm: Born Bone Born (2019, Drama, 111 min, PG)
Saturday 2 November 3:00 pm: Room Laundering (2018, Comedy, Drama, 109 min, M)
Saturday 2 November 5:30 pm: Recall (2018, Drama, 120 min, M)
Sunday 3 November 10:00 am: Lu over the wall (2017, Animation, Children / Family, 112 min, PG)
Sunday 3 November 12:30 pm: The Crimes That Bind (2018, Mystery, drama, 119 min, M)
Sunday 3 November 3:00 pm: The 8-Year Engagement (2017, Drama, Romance, 119 min, PG)