Event: Free Japanese film showing - Acacia Walk
Date: Thursday 09 August 2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
I have always wanted you to hold my hand
Editor Miwako Kijima hears from her aunt about her mother's illness. Her mother, Kanako worked as a teacher, and raised Miwako as a single parent. Life was hard for Kanako, and she was cruel to Miwako. Her mother became very ill, which surprise Miwako as she has not contacted her mother since starting university. Miwako is told that her mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease, and she reluctantly agrees to go back and live with her.
The film touches the core of how difficult it must be for an adult to see a parent mentally deteriorate to the level of a child. Acacia Walk is at turns harrowing and touching. Matsuoka, aided by the terrific performances of Natsukawa and Watanabe, refuses to let his characters become one-dimensional, creating a film which is incredibly poignant and which carries a great emotional richness.
No Booking Required!
90min | 2000 | PG
Director: Joji Matsuoka
Cast: Yui Natsukawa, Misako Watanage, Tetta Sugimoto
Presented by The Consulate-General of Japan, The University of Waikato, and The Japan Culture Centre, Sydney (The Japan Foundation).
Any inquiries? Please contact Diane Kenning at School of Arts at 838-4932.