Japanese comedy anything but robotic

© 2012 Fuji Television, Toho, Dentsu, Altamira Pictures.

Three engineers, tasked with creating a working autonomous robot for their company, fail miserably. With an important robotics expo just around the corner, they hatch a plan to hire someone to play the robot in a suit, hoping that a few minutes on stage will be enough to buy them time to finish the real product. Unfortunately, their only choice turns out to be a grumpy 73-year-old man. Escapades ensue.

From Shinobu Yaguchi, the Japanese film director and screenwriter famous for his feel-good “zero to hero” movies, comes 2012 comedy Robo-G. The film follows Shinobu’s themes from Wood Job and Happy Flight, with a group of people taking up an unlikely activity, facing a number of challenges, but eventually succeeding.

Robo-G will screen at Massey University’s Auckland campus at Albany on Wednesday April 5. The monthly Japanese films play on the first Wednesday of the month, at 6.15pm. Preceding the main feature is a short documentary on life and culture in Japan that starts at 6pm. Unless specified, the films will screen in the Atrium Round Room on the ground floor of the Atrium Building. There is free parking available on campus.

Robo-G is rated PG – Parental Guidance recommended for younger viewers.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi

Running time: 111 minutes

For more information on the Japanese films visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland website here.

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