The Japanese Film Festival returns to Ireland in 2015. Now in its seventh year, the festival is all about bringing the best of Japanese cinema to Irish audiences, and this year will be presenting 18 films at venues in seven cities around the country.
It's a collaboration between the Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA and the Ireland Japan Association and kicks off in Limerick on the 8th of April before touring to Sligo, Galway, Cock, Dublin, Waterford and Dundalk. Most of the films are Irish premieres and there's a mix of live-action and animation which become a hallmark of the festival. There are classics and brand new films, and you can see the full list on the JFF site.
A few highlights include The Light Shines Only There (which was Japan's official submission to the Oscars for 2015), futuristic anime Time of Eve and Tokyo Tribe - which is a rap musical set in a zany stylised Tokyo.
“There is a huge appetite for international film in Ireland - we know this from our work with film clubs across the country,” commentedMaeve Cooke, Director of access>CINEMA. “Japan has a rich cinematic heritage, and directors such as Kurosawa and Ozu have given ussome of the greatest films ever made. The JFF has proven that the films currently being made in Japan are every bit as vibrant andexciting. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to once again organise a festival which can bring this quality world cinema to Irishaudiences. If you’re not familiar with Japanese cinema, we encourage you to experience some of the unique and diverse films from thisextraordinary country.”
It's not always easy to see Asian movies in the cinema in Ireland, so the Japanese film festival is the perfect opportunity, and its coming to a venue near you. Here's the full list of locations.
Limerick – University of Limerick: April 8
Sligo - Institute of Technology April 9
Galway - EYE Cinema: April 12-16
Cork - Gate Multiplex and Triskel Christchurch: April 13-22
Dublin - Light House Cinema: April 15-23
Dublin - Dublin City University April 13
Dublin - University College Dublin April 16
Waterford - Garter Lane Arts Centre: April 16-18
Dundalk - An Tain Arts Centre April 18
For more information and to book your tickets, head to the official site.
The Japanese Film Festival 2015 runs from the 8th to the 23d of April 2015.