Eiga Nights – From Small Page to Big Screen
Free Film Screening Program
April – May 2018
The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s free film screenings are back as Eiga Nights. From Japanese Film Festival (JFF) favourites to obscure retro titles, join us for our themed free film screenings.
For the autumn months, we will feature films that were originally popular manga (comic books) before they made it to the big screen. Enjoy a nostalgic film from the popular manga and anime Crayon Shin Chan, the ‘culturally introspective’ comedy Thermae Romae, and box-office hit Assassination Classroom The Movie.
All films are in Japanese audio with English subtitles.
Header image from Assassination Classroom The Movie © 2015 Fuji Television Network, Shueisha, J Storm, Toho, Robot © Yusei Matsui / Shueisha.
Crayon Shin Chan: Bravo! Samurai Battle
Dir Keiichi Hara / 2002 / 95 mins / Japanese w/ English subtitles / Classified PG
April 24, 6:30pm – 8:05pm
One morning Shinnosuke and his parents have the exact same dream. Shinnosuke becomes entranced with the “pretty lady” from that dream, his dog Shiro also seems to have had the same dream and begins digging a hole in the yard. Inside the hole, the two buddies discover a wooden box written by Shinnosuke—however, the letter says it was written in the second year of the Tensho era (1574)!
The whole Nohara family, including Shiro the dog, are mysteriously transported to the Tensho era, in the middle of the Warring States period. Will they manage to find their way back to the present day while helping their new-found samurai friends?
Directed by Miss Hokusai director Keiichi Hara.
Thermae Romae (テルマエ・ロマエ)
Dir Hideki Takeuchi / 2012 / 108 mins / Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Masachika Ichimura / PG, contains mild nudity, sexual references, mild violence and coarse language
May 9 (Wednesday), 6:30pm – 8:18pm
When Roman architect Lucius’ bathhouse plans are rejected because they’re not modern enough, he faces a crisis of confidence. But with his discovery of a time-travel portal between ancient Rome and present-day Japan (veritably overflowing with modern bathhouses), it seems that Lucius’ luck might just turn around. Get your toga on and prepare for a hilarious comedy that will have you in stitches! Based on a smash-hit manga series of the same title.
Assassination Classroom The Movie (暗殺教室)
Dir Eichiro Hasumi / 2015 / 115 mins / Cast: Ryosuke Yamada, Masaki Suda, Maika Yamamoto, Kang Ji-Young / Children below the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
May 22, 6:30pm-8:25pm
School dunces, Class 3-E, get a new teacher—an enigmatic yellow tentacled monster who reveals that he will destroy the earth if they do not assassinate him before graduation. The rather charismatic monster turns out to be the best teacher they’ve ever had, yet the mission remains—kill the teacher or face eradication.
Between the charm of the enigmatic yellow teacher and the impressive ensemble of seasoned actors, young actors, and pop idols from groups Hey!Say!JUMP and KARA, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this entertaining action and comedy spectacular.
All films start at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Apr 24 (Tuesday)
Crayon Shin Chan: Bravo! Samurai Battle (PG)
6:30pm – 8:05pm
May 9 (Wednesday)
Thermae Romae (PG)
6:30pm – 8:18pm
May 22 (Tuesday)
Assassination Classroom The Movie (Suitable for ages 12+)
6:30pm – 8:25pm
Screening will be held in a seminar room type event space, not a movie theatre. Bean bags and chairs are available as seating.
Please feel free to bring bottled non-alcoholic drinks and snacks (no hot food please).
Free, limited capacity. Walk-in only, bookings not necessary.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Do you have queries about the film? Planning to attend but coming from far away? Please contact reception at (02) 8239 0055 or