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School Holidays Film Program

Free, limited capacity

April 18 – 20, 2017

This April, The Japan Foundation, Sydney will host a free film program to coincide with the Easter school holidays. Explore the magical world of Ponyo, meet goblins in the countryside, run across fields with wolf children or travel back in time with Crayon Shin Chan!

Daytime screenings are only open to children and their parents or guardians, while evening screenings are open to all ages—including kids and the young at heart!

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A Letter to Momo

Dir Hiroyuki Okiura / 2012 / 120 mins / English dubbed & Japanese w/ English subtitles will be screened / Classified PG, mild themes
April 18, 2pm (English dubbed)
April 20, 6:30pm (Japanese w/ English subtitles)

The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight – and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter that he had started to write her, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo” but nothing more. Moving with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio, she soon discovers three goblins living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures who have been assigned to watch over her and that only she can see.

The goblins are also perpetually famished and they begin to wreak havoc on the formerly tranquil island, ransacking pantries and ravaging orchards – acts for which Momo often has to take the blame. But these funny monsters also have a serious side, and may hold the key to helping Momo understand what her father had been trying to tell her.

Crayon Shin Chan: Bravo! Samurai Battle

Dir Keiichi Hara / 2002 / 95 mins / Japanese w/ English subtitles / Classified G
April 18, 11am (Japanese w/ English subtitles)

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?


Dir Hayao Miyazaki / 2008 / 100 mins / English dubbed / Classified G
April 19, 11am (English dubbed)

In a small town by the sea lives five year old Sosuke, high on a cliff overlooking the Inland Sea. One morning while playing on the rocky beach below his house, he discovers a goldfish he names Ponyo, her head stuck in a jam jar. Sosuke rescues Ponyo and keeps her in a green plastic bucket.

Both Ponyo and Sosuke are fascinated by each other and promise to stay firm friends until Ponyo’s father, a sorcerer who lives deep under the sea, forces her to return with him to the ocean depths. What follows is an amazing underwater adventure for all ages.

Wolf Children

Dir Mamoru Hosoda / 2012 / 117 mins / English dubbed / Classified PG, mild themes and violence
April 19, 2pm (English dubbed)

Wolf Children is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars). This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half human, half wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself – and her children.

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Tue, April 18

11am – 12:45pm

Crayon Shin Chan: Bravo! Samurai Battle (J)

2pm – 4pm

A Letter to Momo (E)

Wed, April 19

11am – 12:34pm

Ponyo (E)

2pm – 3:57pm

Wolf Children (E)

Thu, April 20

6:30pm – 8:30pm

A Letter to Momo (J)

* Doors open 30 minutes before event start
(J) Japanese with English subtitles
(E) English dubbed (no subtitles)


The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park (Access via lifts)
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

Free, limited capacity
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(02) 8239 0055

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