Wood Job (2014) is one of five movies brought out to South Africa as part of this year’s Japanese Film Festival. Directed by Shinobu Yaguchi, this is a touching comedy about a student, Yuki Hirano (Shota Sometani), who fails matric and lands up studying forestry without having giving it any thought whatsoever. The movie is just under two hours long, but feels much shorter because one is totally engaged. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
There are four other movies in the film festival, Until the Break of Dawn, a drama; Tamako Love Story, an animated romance; The Kirishima Thing, a high school drama; and My Little Sweetpea, a human drama.
The Japanese Film Festival in South Africa is now in its 22nd year and it is held at the Cinema Nouveau in Pretoria (2-4 October), Cape Town (9-11 October) and Johannesburg (16-18 October).
Until the Break of Dawn is on Fridays at 20:00, with Tamako Love Story being screened on Saturday at 14:00 and The Kirishima Thing at 17:00 and Wood Job on Sunday at 12:00 with My Little Sweet Pea being screened at 14:30.
All films are in Japanese with English sub-titles.
Entrance is free. Collect tickets one hour before the starting time from the box-office.