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Now in its 20th year, the annual Japanese Film Festival returns to the local circuit.
Organised by the Embassy of Japan in South Africa and the Japan Foundation, the film festival promotes an understanding of various aspects of Japanese life and culture among our local audience.
All films are in Japanese with English subtitles, and tickets are available at the various cinema box offices one hour before each screening starts.
This year’s films are:
Hankyu Densha (Hankyu Railway – a 15 Minute Miracle): Based on the novel by Hiro Arikawa and directed by Yoshishige Miyake, this film tells the story of the people who use the Imazu Line, the railway which connects the cities of Nishinomiya and Takarazuka in the Hyogo prefecture. (2011)
Swing Girls: A group of scheming girls try to get out of summer maths class by delivering lunches left behind by the school’s brass band, when a bout of food poisoning prompts them to join the band. What to do then, when the original band members return, because the girls are not musically inclined at all? (2004)
Nobô no shiro (The Floating Castle): (PG16) Set in feudal Japan, the historical drama is based on the Siege of Hachigata and depicts the struggle of the villagers to defend their fortress against Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s campaign against the Hojo clan. Against insurmountable odds, Narita Nagachika, the fortress’s castellan, leads a group of 500 men against Hideyoshi’s army of 20 000. (2012)
Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days): The animated film opens with an alternate ending to WWII, in which Japan is divided after losing the war and three children make a promise to build an aircraft to unravel the sercret of a mysterious tower. (2004)
Wanko: The Story of Me, my Family and my Dog: Based on a true story of residents of the island of Miyakejima who had to be evacuated in 2000 when the volcano erupted. Though dispersed across Tokyo, the family are bound by their belief that they will be able to return to their home one day. (2011)
• The Japanese Film Festival takes place at Brooklyn Nouveau from October 5 to 6.