Japanese Film Festival 2024

expired Tue 9th Apr - Fri 12th Apr
7:30pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre
€9 (€7.50 concessions)

Here’s this year’s line-up for the Japanese Film Festival 2024

The Japanese Film Festival Ireland returns for its 15th edition this April, with a line-up of films that will bring the best of Japanese cinema to Waterford.
The festival is Ireland’s only truly national film festival, and currently takes place across several locations every year in April.
A collaboration between the Embassy of Japan in Ireland and access>CINEMA, the aim of the festival is to bring a diverse and eclectic programme of Japanese cinema to Irish audiences.
The festival will showcase three films in Waterford this year.

Perfect Days – Tues 9th April

Perfect Days is a 2023 Japanese drama film by Wim Wenders. It follows Hirayama, a Tokyo man content with his simple life cleaning public toilets. He finds joy in his routines, his love of music and books, and capturing the beauty of trees in photographs. Unexpected encounters disrupt his tranquillity, but also prompt him to reflect on his past and find meaning in the everyday. The film explores themes of finding happiness in simplicity and appreciating the beauty in unexpected places.


Lonely Castle In The Mirror – Thurs 11th April

Trapped by bullying and isolation, Kokoro and six other withdrawn teens discover a fantastical world through their mirrors. Inside a wondrous castle, a mysterious figure offers them a chance to fulfil a wish, but only if they can confront their hidden pain and forge connections with each other. As they explore the castle and share their struggles, they find the courage to face their real lives and rediscover the strength of friendship.


Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus – Fri 12th April

Facing his own mortality while dealing with a terminal illness, the legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto creates a final farewell for his fans. Filmed in late 2022, Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus features a hauntingly beautiful performance by Sakamoto himself, playing his most significant compositions on a grand piano.

 


“Having started with just 4 films in 3 cities in 2008, this event is now in its 15th edition with 19 films in 9 locations around Ireland. Its continued success is thanks to the dedication of all the organisers, but above all to the enthusiasm of Irish audiences.
I am delighted to see so much interest in Japanese cinema in Ireland, and hope that everyone will enjoy this year’s exciting selection of films from Japan.”

Mr. Norio Maruyama, the Ambassador of Japan to Ireland

expired Tue 9th Apr - Fri 12th Apr
7:30pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre
€9 (€7.50 concessions)
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