November, 2020

2020Sun29Nov3:30 pm5:00 pmJapanese Film Festival 2020 - Not Quite Dead YetFree Japanese Film Festival Movie3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010Type:Culture,Festival,Free,MoviesWhere:Central AucklandAges:Teens (13 to 18 years),Tweens (10 to 12 years)

Event Details

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

This closing movie Not Quite Dead Yet is recommended for children and teens aged 8 and up as the movie is in Japanese with English subtitles

Angst-ridden college student, Nanase Nobata, lives with her father, Hakaru, president of the Nobata Pharmaceutical Company, resentful of his constant nagging about her life, and for being so absorbed in his work that he failed to be at her mother’s deathbed.

Exhorting him daily to “Drop dead (once)!”, Hakaru finally does drop dead one day while developing a revolutionary “reverse aging” drug. Hakaru’s team had accidentally discovered a drug that causes temporary death, followed by full recovery in 2 days. Hakaru had been persuaded to take the drug in an attempt to expose a corporate spy planted in his company by a rival firm looking to merge with Nobata and capitalize on the anti-aging formula. When Hakaru drops dead, it sets the company in an uproar as his will names Nanase as the new president.

A bewildered and distraught Nanase had no inkling of her father’s death, but can see his ghost hanging around watching.  She soon learns the truth about her father’s condition and the spy from Matsuoka, a young employee so unremarkably invisible to others that he’s nicknamed “Ghost.” Together with “Ghost Matsuoka” and the actual ghost of Hakaru, Nanase endeavors to prevent her father’s enemies from prematurely cremating his body before the drug can wear off and allow him to revive.

2020 / 93 min. Censors rating: PG

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 Admission.

Bookings free apply if you purchase your movie ticket online.


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