Japanese Film Festival

23-25 October 2020
The Roxy Cinema

The Japanese Film Festival is held annually, in order to encourage the growth of Japanese culture and understanding in New Zealand. Each year, we try to give the people of New Zealand some insight into the culture, customs, and traditions of Japan, alongside what is popular with Japan’s society today, through film. 

All films will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles. 

Friday 23rd October, 6:30pm
Iwane: Sword of Serenity (居眠り磐音) - After the tragic death of his best friends from childhood in an incident at Iwane's homeland, he decides to leave his domain, parting with his fiancée Nao, and becomes a vagrant masterless samurai with nothing more to lose. In Edo, working as a bodyguard at night for Imazuya, he gradually wins the trust of the people around him because of his mellow nature, the chivalrous way he treats everyone with courtesy, and his skills with swords. One day, he learns that Imazuya is being targeted in a conspiracy to sabotage a new monetary system implemented by the government, and Iwane decides to protect the people who have given him support.

Saturday 24th October, 12:00pm
Almost a Miracle (町田くんの世界) - Machida is an ordinary-looking high school student who is academically and athletically inept but does like people and he is loved by those around him. One day, an encounter with a certain individual awakens feelings within Machida that he has never experienced before. On top of that, he comes to realize that being kind to everyone can also hurt a special someone, and Machida’s world turns upside down.

Saturday 24th October, 2:30pm - SOLD OUT
Samurai Cat (猫侍) - Kyutaro (Kazuki Kitamura) is a SAMURAI who was once feared. However, after losing his position, he runs out of money and is living alone away from his family. Kyutaro doesn't know how to earn money without using his sword. One day Kyutaro gets a job offer, which is to kill a cat. Though Kyutaro finds it quite silly, he decides to do it for money. When Kyutaro opens the door to where the target is, he sees the lovely white cat.

Saturday 24th October, 5:00pm
Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く) - Yuichi is a widower living in Nagasaki devoted to his elderly mother Mitsue, manga and music. When Mitsue develops dementia, he reluctantly places her in a nursing home. Being with idiosyncratic residents, her memories gradually lead her to retrace her past.

Sunday 25th October, 12:00pm
A Beautiful Star (美しい星) - Juichiro Osugi, a demotivated weather forecaster, suddenly comes to believe that he is from Mars after being mysteriously struck by blinding light. About the same time, his children also awake as aliens. They believe that they have different missions to accomplish on Earth and Juichiro believes his is to let people realize the immediate danger of environmental crisis...

Sunday 25th October, 2:30pm
A Banana? At This Time of Night? (こんな夜更けにバナナかよ) - A human drama depicting Yasuaki Shikano, who lived his dreams while struggling with muscular dystrophy. He was loved by everyone. Despite being unable to live without help, he leaves the hospital and begins an independent life. This is a moving drama based on a true story depicting the lives of people who meet and changed with Yasuaki, through their experiences with laughter and tears.

Ticket prices for Japanese Film Festival:

Free Admission
$1.51 Booking Fee applies to online, phone & in house sales

But what about if Wellington moves 'levels' again?

To easily accommodate the potential of a 'level' move all pre-sales with be limited to 100 tickets for Cinema 1. This cap will be in place until Monday 19th October and if Wellington is still in level-1 we will release the remaining seats for sale.

If we’re in Level-1, the cinemas will be available to seat to a sell-out.

If we’re in Level-2, ushers will direct you to a seat to ensure appropriate social distancing – starting at Row-F for Cinema 1, and then moving back & forward from there. Please be in your groups before heading into the cinema and sit where you are told to help the ushers correctly seat everyone safely.

If we’re Level-3 or 4 The Roxy will be closed, so we will look to postponing the festival to a later date. Refunds will be available if required.


Helpful booking tips when booking multiple films:

 - After you select get to 'Personal Details' page click 'CONTINUE SHOPPING' this will take you back to the main page, but will hold that current ticket in the basket.
- Go into next JFF film you want to buy tickets for and do the same.
 - Repeat until you have got tickets for each film then put in your personal details and click 'NEXT'. This should take you to a credit card form. Finish this and soon after you should receive details of your booking in your email.

Please note all JFF films are general admission seating (GA). 

Click on the posters below to be taken to booking pages

Iwane: Sword of Serenity (居眠り磐音)

Almost a Miracle (町田くんの世界)

Samurai Cat (猫侍) - SOLD OUT


Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く)

A Beautiful Star (美しい星)

A Banana? At This Time of Night? (こんな夜更けにバナナかよ)