The 6th annual Japanese Film Festival kicks off in Ireland this week, with dates in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Dublin

Back for their sixth year! This year’s Festival is a continuation of the highly successful collaboration between the Embassy of Japan and access>CINEMA, with support from the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation.

Having relocated to April last year, the 2014 Festival features a diverse and packed programme of 20 films, which includes work of the most acclaimed filmmakers from contemporary Japanese cinema, and covers a variety of themes, genres and topics.

This year the Japanese Film Festival will host over 40 screenings at venues in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Films in the festival include Lee Sang-Il’s UNFORGIVEN, Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar nominated film THE WIND RISES and GHOST IN THE SHELLl ARISE Parts 1 & 2.

For more information, venue locations, the full list of films screening and the dates the Japanese Film Festival is coming to a town near you, check out jff.ie