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JFF opens in Auckland

After its expansion into runs in Wellington and Christchurch last month, the Japanese Film Festival holds its Auckland leg this week, hosting free screenings at the University of Auckland.

There’s limited information available, as the festival’s official website doesn’t include any NZ information. Information on screenings is available from the Japanese Consulate.

Other than Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises (showing Wednesday), the titles playing in the festival this week haven’t screened in Auckland previously. The festival opens today (Monday) with Keisuke Yoshida’s comedy drama My Little Sweet Pea.

My Little Sweet Pea

The festival closes (Friday) with Isshin Inudo and Shinji Higuchi’s 2011 samurai-themed The Floating Castle. Also playing are a pair of dramas: Nao Kubota’s Berlinale-premiered Homeland and Seiji Aburatani’s Fly! Dakota, Fly!, pictured top.

All titles play in Japanese with English subtitles. Screenings are at 6.30pm at the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn Building.

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