The 16th Japanese Film Festival will bring an array of cinema from Japan to cinemas in main Australian centers in November and December. Opening in Sydney from 14 – 25 November at Event Cinemas George Street and Melbourne from 29 November – 9 December in two locations (Hoyts Melbourne Central and ACMI Cinemas), the festival features the largest line-up yet, including a number of films direct from cinemas in Japan.
Comedy Thermae Romae (テルマエ・ロマエ), Japan’s biggest box office hit (thus far) in 2012 will open the festival; while The Floating Castle (のぼうの城), and epic saga based on true events in 16th century feudal Japan will close the festival. Sydney audiences will be this at the same time as Japanese audiences, as the release of this film was pushed back (from September 2011) due to the natural disasters which occurred in Japan in 2011.
Other highlights include:
Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心), grossing over 555 million yen ($7 million) in its first five days, is a must-see for all samurai lovers.
Helter Skelter ( ヘルタースケルター) gives you a glimpse of the ugly side of beauty – when plastic surgery gets out of hand.
Tug of War! (綱引いちゃった) a comedy about an all-female tug of war team will be seen by Sydney audiences even before it’s release in Japan on November 23. Be the first in the world to see this flick!
Sydney audiences can also look forward to the following special guests:
Actress Tamiyo Kusakari (Shall We Dance?) and director Masayuki Suo (Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t, Shall We Dance?) will make a guest appearance and take part in special Q&A session at the screening of A Terminal Trust, a film on the ethics of euthanasia.
Director Miwa Nishikawa (Dear Doctor) will join us in conversation at the screening of Dreams for Sale, a couple caught in their own web of deception in pursue of their dreams.
For information about Melbourne special guests, and other special events, please be sure to visit the official website.
Tickets go on sale on Monday 22 October. Please visit the official website for information about tickets and venues.