feature: The Japanese Film Festival 2015 Highlights

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feature: The Japanese Film Festival 2015 Highlights

The Japanese Film Festival Ireland is back for a 7th year and it’s even bigger than before, taking in Sligo and Dundalk as well as Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Cork and Dublin. The festival started in Limerick on 8th April but the Dublin programme kicks off tonight so if you’re in Dublin make sure to head on down to the Light House Cinema this weekend to get your fix of both classic and new Japanese film!

Congratulations to the crew of access>CINEMA who, in conjunction with the Embassy of Japan and with the support of the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation bring us a fantastic selection of Japanese film every year.

You can check out the full schedule by day on Japanese Film Festival website but for those of you who are looking for a few suggestions… here are mine.

Nicola’s picks for the Japanese Film Festival 2015

A Letter To Momo


A Letter to Momo is screening in all JFF venues.

08 April 2015 | 18:00 – University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School, Limerick
09 April 2015 | 12:30 – Sligo Institute of Technology
13 April 2015 | 18:15 – Dublin City University, Henry Grattan Building, Dublin 9
16 April 2015 | 19:00 – EYE Cinema, Wellpark Retail Park, Galway
16 April 2015 | 19:30 – Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Co. Waterford
18 April 2015 | 15:30 – Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
18 April 2015 | 18:00 – An Táin Arts Centre, An Táin Arts Centre, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co Louth
19 April 2015 | 18:00 – Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St., Cork City

When Momo and her mother move to her old family home on a faraway island, Momo has trouble fitting in and the death of her father weighs heavily on her mind. Soon though, a chance find in the attic leads to an unusual distraction…

I’ve actually already seen this film and I highly recommend it. Go.

Thermae Romae II


Thermae Romae II is screening in Cork Dublin and Galway.

12 April 2015 | 19:00 – EYE Cinema, Wellpark Retail Park, Galway
13 April 2015 | 18:45 – Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork
15 April 2015 | 21:15 – Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Follow up to the 2012 surprise time travelling box office smash Thermae Romae! Commissioned to build a thermae for gladiators in the Colosseum, Lucius struggles for inspiration and so slips once again into modern-day Japan through the bath portal.

Look, I loved Thermae Romae and I loved Hot Tub Time Machine. I have no reason to think this will not be fun 😉

Wood Job!


Wood Job! is screening in Cork Dublin and Galway.

13 April 2015 | 19:00 – EYE Cinema, Wellpark Retail Park, Galway
18 April 2015 | 11:00 – Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
20 April 2015 | 18:00 – Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St., Cork City

Based on the novel by Shion Miura – Having flunked his university entrance exams, 18-year-old Yuki abruptly decides to leave the city behind to take part in a one-year forestry programme, swayed not by a passion for all things lumberjack-related but simply the attractive girl on the programme’s brochure.

I particularly like the title of this one. Wood Job!

Tokyo Tribe


Tokyo Tribe is screening in Cork and Dublin.

16 April 2015 | 20:30 – UCD Student Cinema, Belfield, Dublin 4
17 April 2015 | 22:50 – Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
17 April 2015 | 23:30 – Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork

A futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youth rule the streets

I’m a big fan of Sion Sono and apparently this is a “yakuza/street-gang/hip-hop musical epic”. How can you not want to see that?

The Japanese Film Festival runs from 08 Apr – 23 Apr 2015

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