Best of Japanese film comes to Limerick for festival

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THE fourth annual Japanese Film Festival, which showcases the best in Japanese cinema for Irish audiences, will come to Limerick in November as part of its multi-city tour around Ireland.

THE fourth annual Japanese Film Festival, which showcases the best in Japanese cinema for Irish audiences, will come to Limerick in November as part of its multi-city tour around Ireland.

The festival, which has expanded this year after being well attended last year will take place in the University of Limerick’s Jonathan Swift lecture theatre from November 14 – 15 and also on November 19.

The festival will this year feature nine films, six of which are Irish premieres, with the most acclaimed filmmakers from contemporary Japanese cinema.

Included in the packed programme, which feature a variety of themes, genres and topics to appeal to all audiences, Maeve Cooke, director of access>CINEMA, who run the festival, explained.

“We’re aware of the appetite around the country for world cinema through our day-to-day work with film clubs across the country,” said Ms Cooke.

“Given the nature of the highly acclaimed films that are being consistently produced in Japan, it’s great that we have the opportunity to organise a festival which can bring this quality international cinema to Irish audiences who have always been massively supportive of the Japanese Film Festival.

If you’re not familiar with Japanese cinema, we encourage you to experience some of the richly diverse films from this extraordinary country.”

Highlights in the programme include Colorful, the acclaimed and award winning animated feature from Keiichi Hara; Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, a mind-bending and surreal time-travel epic animation and the fascinating food documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Anyone interested in finding out more should go to www.accesscinema.ie for full details and tickets.