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6th Japanese Film Festival in Dublin


The Key of Life

The 6th Japanese Film Festival, co-organised by the Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA and the Ireland Japan Association launched its Dublin screenings last night with Kenji Uchida’s light-hearted comedy-drama The Key of Life, which follows a failed actor who steals a new identity and finds himself prey to the attentions of The Mob.

The Festival’s packed programme includes the Irish premieres of The Great Passage, Japan’s official submission to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category, the visually stunning Unforgiven, a remake of the classic Clint Eastwood western, and the Academy Award nominated The Wind Rises from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). As this is reported to be the master animator’s final film, it is not to be missed. The festival also remembers the animator Jimmy Murakami with a special screening of the documentary Jimmy Murakami: Non-Alien.

The festival continues in the Light House today with a screening of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s classic Woman of the Dunes and Ken Watanabe’s remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.

See the Japanese Film Festival 2014 Dublin Programme here

This year ‘s festival will host over 40 screenings at venues in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Click here for full details.