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24 hours of family drama

© 2008 Still Walking Production Committee.

The Yokoyama family come together each year to commemorate the death of their eldest son Junpei, who drowned 15 years earlier while saving the life of a young boy. His father Kyohei, a retired doctor, and mother Toshiko are joined by their surviving son Ryota, who has recently married a widow with a young son, and their daughter Chinami, her husband and their children.

Still Walking is a drama which unfolds over one summer day, with the family experiencing nostalgia, humour, sadness and tension as memories are shared.

The 2008 film, edited, written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows), was widely praised by critics and won the Golden Astor for Best Film at the 2008 Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

Still Walking will screen at Massey University’s Auckland campus at Albany on Wednesday, January 31. 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, which starts at 6pm. Unless specified, the films are screened in the Atrium Round Room on the ground floor of the Atrium Building. There is free parking available on campus.

Still Walking is rated G – suitable for general audiences

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Running time: 114 minutes

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

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