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Japanese Film Festival at UL Wednesday (next week) 6th April

Japanese Film Festival at UL Wednesday (next week) 6th April
The Japanese Film Festival is visiting here for just one night on Wednesday the 6th of April (next week). There is a showing in the Belltable in O’ Connell St on the 5th of April (Yukinori Makabe’s I am a Monk). All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.
At 1800 is The Case of Hana and Alice
When Alice (Yu Aoi) moves to a new
town, she discovers her classmates
are obsessed with a bizarre mystery.
The ‘Judas murder’ apparently
saw one boy disappear, with the
other students believing there
was a supernatural cause behind
everything. Unable to get straight
answers, Alice finds herself drawn
towards her reclusive neighbour
Hana (Anne Suzuki) who has
refused to return to school since the
incident. Together, Hana and Alice
start to uncover the truth behind
the mystery while forming a strong
friendship in the process.
Using rotoscoped animation to
allow the cast to play younger
versions of themselves, director
Shunji Iwai here revisits the main
characters from his cult 2004
hit Hana & Alice. This charming
prequel recaptures the sense of fun
and energy of the original, with Aoi
and Suzuki’s chemistry as strong
as ever. The Case of Hana & Alice is
a welcome opportunity for fans to
spend time with these two lovable
characters again, while also proving
to be a perfect introduction for
newcomers.
 
At 20:15 is Miss Hokusai
Set in the 1980s, Initiation Love
The new film by the director of
Colorful (which screened in the
2011 Festival) focuses on the
untold story of O-Ei, daughter of
the renowned Edo period Japanese
artist Katsushika Hokusai. O-Ei
is an independent, headstrong
young woman and a talented
painter who assists her father in
his work but never steps out from
beneath his shadow. Told from
O-Ei’s point of view, Miss Hokusai
portrays a complex father-daughter
relationship that involves her
finishing his paintings but also
participating in frank discussions
with him about how she can
improve her own erotic art.
An adaptation of Hinako Sugiura's
manga Sarusuberi, Hara stays true
to the episodic nature of the source
material, using this technique
to explore a range of interesting
subjects and themes, whilst
holding the narrative-arc together
with O-Ei’s presence throughout.
The animation is rich yet delicate,
and shows exceptional attention
to detail. It’s no surprise that it
scooped three awards at the 2015
Fantasia International Film Festival
in Montreal, including the Gold
Audience Award for best animated
feature film.rom-com ending.

Brochure here