Japanese Film Showings

Every year the University of Waikato in association with the Consulate-General of Japan and The Japan Foundation, hosts a series of free Japanese Films.

Time: 7pm
Venue: L3 (Lecture theatre 3 at the University)
Admission is free. English subtitles

2018 Films


Nobody to Watch Over Me

Director : Ryoichi Kimizuka
Cast: Koichi Sato, Mirai Shida, Ryuhei Matsuda
Suitable for Mature Audiences 16 years and over

The Media Gone Mad!!

Ryoichi Kimizuka's riveting exploration of the Japanese media's feeding frenzy focuses on a15-year-old girl forced into police protection to escape from the journalistic hordes after her brother is arrested for murder. It plays out like a propulsive edge-of-your-seat thriller that's sure to leave you breathless. This film also earned Kimizuka the ‘Best Screenplay’ award at the Montreal World Film Festival 2008.

  • Thursday 19th July



Director : Tori Kamei 
Cast: Jiro Sato, Yumi Adachi, Tetsu Watanabe
2009/106 Min

A touching story

A film adaptation of the TV series which depicts the journey of a middle-aged man with a two-month old puppy in search of his mother who has run away from home. One day Jiro, a 35-year old unemployed male who has never stepped out of his town, runs into Ichiro, a Mameshiba puppy with a red scarf around its neck. Ichiro turns out to be a puppy Jiro's runaway mother had sent for her family to come looking for her.

  • Thursday 21 June


A Tale of Samurai Cooking

Director : Yuzo Asahara
Cast: Aya Ueto, Kengo Kora, Kimiko Yo, Riko Narumi
Parental Guidance Recommended for Young Viewers

A True Love Story

Funaki Dennai laid the foundations for Kaga clan cuisine in the Edo Period as a "kitchen samurai" who prepared food for the nobility. This heartwarming drama depicts the internal affairs of the Kaga clan from the perspective of a woman who marries Funaki's son. It features meals made according to the Funaki family's recipe collection "Ryori Mugonsho" and recreates the workings of samurai family kitchens at the time

  • Thursday 10th May


Thermae Romae

Director: Hideki Takeuchi
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Kazuki Kitamura
2012/108 mins 
Suitable for Mature Audience 16 Year and over

Winner of Best Actor at Japan Academy Prize in 2013!

Lucius, an architect of spa baths for the Roman Empire, inadvertently travel through time and finds himself in a modern Japanese bathhouse. He takes elements of Japanese culture that he learns there back with him to Rome and is hugely successful, which leads the Emperor to command him to build a massive spa.

  • Thursday 12 April



Director: Hideaki Anno
Cast:  Hiroki Hasegawa,  Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
2016/119 Mins
Suitable for Mature Audiences

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay's Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named "Godzilla".

  • Thursday 15th March


Still Walking

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kirin Kiki
2008/114 Mins
Suitable for General Audiences

Life is always being just a little late

At the end of a summer, Ryota Yokoyama visits his parents with his wife and his step son. As Ryota had always been compared with his high-flying elder brother who died 15 years ago, he feels resentment towards his father and reluctant to spend a night at the family home. The house is full again. The family experience nostalgia, humour, sadness and tension as memories are shared and ceremonies performed.

  • Thursday 15th Feburary 2018

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Anthea Chambers
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