November, 2020

2020Sat28Nov6:00 pm8:00 pmJapanese Film Festival 2020 - Iwane Sword of Serenity6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010Type:Culture,Festival,MoviesWhere:Central AucklandAges:Teens (13 to 18 years)

Event Details

The ever-popular FREE Japan Film Festival returns in New Zealand to serve up premiere screenings of a wide range of films!

Iwane : Sword of Serenity ( 2019 / 121min / Censors rating : M)

This movie is recommended for teens aged 15 and up as the censors rating is M ( Suitable for mature audiences 15years and over). All films are FREE admission and in Japanese with English Subtitles.

Witness his strength, his grace, and his pain. A live-action adaptation of a popular period novel series by an author with over 65 million copies in print!  A tour de force of Japanese period drama entertainment. This samurai has virtues that many of us have forgotten.

Iwane Sakazaki returns to his homeland and gets caught in the middle of an incident that results in the tragic death of two of his best friends from childhood. He decides to leave his domain, parting with his fiancée Nao, and becomes a vagrant masterless samurai with nothing more to lose.

Iwane drifts to Edo, filleting eels during the day and working as a bodyguard at night for Imazuya, a reputable money exchanger. He gradually wins the trust of the people around him because of his mellow nature, the chivalrous way he treats everyone with courtesy, and his skills of swords.

One day, he learns that Imazuya is being targeted in a conspiracy to sabotage a new monetary system implemented by the government, and Iwane decides to protect the people who have given him support.

The Japanese Film Festival will run in Auckland  from the 27 to 29 November and is presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland, the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch and the Japan Foundation.


FREE event

Tickets can be booked either through the Academy Cinema’s website here ($1.50 booking fee applies) or purchased at the Academy Cinemas counter (no booking fee applies). 


Consultate General of Japan in AucklandPhone: 09-303 4106 AIG Building 15/41 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010