Japanese Film Festival returns to Galway

THE GREAT Passage, Japan’s official submission to the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, will receive its Irish premiere at The Japanese Film Festival.

The Japanese Film Festival is coming to The Eye Cinema, Wellpark, from Sunday April 6 to Thursday 10, organised by the Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA, and the Ireland Japan Association, with the support of The Japan Foundation.

As well as The Great Passage, other films to be screened include Unforgiven, a remake of the classic Clint Eastwood western, and starring the Oscar nominated Ken Watanabe. Anime fans can also look forward to Patema Inverted, a beautifully animated tale which sees gravity obstructing the course of true love as boy meets girl from another world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Byc4LkKtOw

Hit Japanese film Library Wars, set in the near future where libraries have become battlegrounds, will be shown, as will The Story of Yonosuke, a comedy about an unassuming student who changes the lives of those around him.

“This year’s festival will offer expanded screenings of a total of 20 films covering a wide range of themes and genres,” said the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, Chihiro Atsumi. “Through our experience of watching films, we can gain an insight into the culture and history of other countries, and also share other people’s emotions.”

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