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For the last nine years, the Embassy of Japan has partnered with Access Cinema to bring the best of Japanese cinema to Irish shores. Many of these films never even get a full international release, but the Embassy and Access Cinema, with the support of the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation have been opening a cinematic window into Japanese life and culture, showing Japanese films at venues throughout the country. The 2017 Japanese Film Festival, which will be taking place in cinemas in Dundalk, Cork, Galway, Sligo, Maynooth, Limerick, Dublin and Waterdord throughout April, now has its full lineup of films announced. The festival programme was unveiled at the Light House Cinema on Sunday, marked by a screening of the film A Silent Voice.

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In  Movie Memories, the notable and quotable from all over Dublin reminisce about their formative film experiences. From date movie disasters to a first time with a classic, they recall it all.

Dr. Harvey O’Brien keeps a lot of plates spinning in the Irish film scene, teaching Film Studies at UCD, co-editing Film and Film Culture and serving as a member of the Irish Film Institute’s Board of Directors. He’s been a regular on RTÉ Radio One’s ‘Classic Movies’ slot and is the author of Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back (2012) and The Real Ireland (2004), and co-editor of Keeping it Real (2004). Harvey strives to keep the big and loud blockbusters in the conversation of Important Cinema and for the first Movie Memories, Film In Dublin spoke with him about the blockbusters of his youth, how modern movies measure up and the best approach to remakes and reboots.

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