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Osaka Hamlet

Osaka Hamlet

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  • Thu 27 Jul ’17, 7:00pm


University of Auckland Library, 5 Alfred St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Join us for the Japanese Film Evenings for 2017!

Japanese films shown at the University of Auckland are usually screened on the last Thursday of the month from 7pm and are preceded by a documentary about Japanese culture from 6:45pm.

All films have English subtitles. Booking is not necessary. Films, dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances so please contact us to confirm details.

We hope that you will enjoy the films and gain a deeper insight into various aspects of Japanese society.

July film "Osaka Hamlet "
(Director: Fujiro Mitsuishi, 2009, 107min. Rating: PG, Cast: Keiko Matsuzaka, Ittoku Kishibe).

Award-winning stories about Osaka dwellers.

A collection of stories by the popular manga artist Morishita Hiromi, known for her ‘Shonen Ashibe’ and other strips, has been transformed into an affecting live-action human comedy.

After the father’s sudden death, the cheerful, hard-working Fusako is holding together the Kubo family of three growing sons. Then a mysterious man appears, claiming to be the dead father’s younger brother, and the easygoing Fusako lets him move in.

The sons are perplexed by this unexpected development, but Masaji, the eldest, a very mature 9th-grader, falls in love with a college student, while the semi-tough second son, Yukio, begins to have doubts about his biological parents. Meanwhile, the youngest, the grade-schooler Koki tells his classmates he wants to become a girl and earns their ridicule. It is clear the boys have troubles enough to fill their days.

Presented by the Consulate-General of Japan, The University of Auckland, The University of Waikato, Massey University, The Japan Foundation.

(c) "Osaka Hamlet" Production Committee.

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