Oct 072014
 

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The Japanese Film Festival is back for 2014 with over 50 titles featuring in the varied programme.

JFF opens its 2014 program with the Australian Premiere of Lady Maiko, a musical comedy directed by Masayuki Suo (Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t; Shall We Dance?) based loosely on the Audrey Hepburn classic My Fair Lady.

Closing out the festival, Yuya Ishii, the director of last year’s award-winning opener The Great Passage, returns with his latest offering, The Vancouver Asahi, set pre-WWII when Japanese immigrants were migrating to Canada. Based on the true story of the Japanese-Canadian baseball team of the same name, this sporting tale of underdogs overcoming racial discrimination, shows that baseball and life are not about winning – it’s about how well you play the game.

Other festival highlights include:

The Light Only Shines There (Mipo O, 2014) – Japan’s entry for the foreign language Academy award, the film details the romance between an unemployed man and his friend’s sister.
Tokyo Tribe (Sion Sono, 2014) – the ultra-cool hip-hop musical Tokyo Tribe (pictured) takes you down to the underbelly of Tokyo for a surreal night of turf wars. JFF will also screen Sono’s Why Don’t You Play In Hell, a bizarre showcase of gangster violence taken to comic extremes.
The Snow White Murder Case (Yoshihiro Nakamura, 2014)- a compelling commentary on a media-obsessed world in an atypical who-dunnit mystery.

As well as new release films, the festival also runs an accomapnying programme of Japanese classic films, which include many must-see treasures. This year, JFF Classics 2014’s overarching theme pool the talents of critically acclaimed directors and actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa and Kenji Mizoguchi are amongst the current selection of internationally renowned directors, alongside leading actresses of the time, Hideko Takamine, Ayako Wakao and Machiko Kyo.

The Japanese Film Festival tours nationally October-December, as well as visiting Auckland during November. For information about dates for your city, tickets and the full programme, visit the official festival website.

Japanese Film Festival’s official channels

Website: japanesefilmfestival.net
Facebook: japanesefilmfest
Twitter: @japanfilmfest / #JFF2014AU

Aug 132014
 

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The 18th Japanese Film Festival (JFF) will begin its national tour starting mid-October in Adelaide, and continues to other major Australian cities until its final stop in Melbourne in December.

The JFF is growing both domestically and internationally this year! In Australia, the JFF expands to include new venues: Adelaide’s Mercury Cinema, Sydney’s Event Cinemas Parramatta, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Fremantle’s Hoyts Millennium. Internationally, the JFF debuts in Auckland from November 6 at Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket.

In each city, over 10 of the latest feature films will be screened. Flagship cities Sydney and Melbourne will enjoy an even greater program comprising of 45+ films. The full programme is yet to be announced but the festival has confirmed the live-action adaptation of popular manga series, Rurouni Kenshin will return to the Festival as a trilogy in 2014.

Japanese Film Festival Dates and Venues
The 18th JFF runs nationally between October – December 2014
Ticketing: Adult $18 / Concession $15/ 5-Film Pass $75

Adelaide 10 – 12 & 17 – 19 October @ Mercury Cinema
Canberra 15 – 19 October @ Capitol Cinema Manuka
Brisbane 22 – 26 October @ Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre
Perth 29 October – 2 November @ Hoyts Carousel & Hoyts Millennium
Auckland 6 – 12 November @ Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket
Sydney 13 – 23 November @ Event Cinemas, George Street & Event Cinemas, Parramatta
Art Gallery of New South Wales new! (JFF classics – Wed, Sat & Sun, 15 – 26 October)
Melbourne 27 November – 7 December @ Hoyts Melbourne Central & Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Follow the fest
Website: japanesefilmfestival.net
Facebook: japanesefilmfest
Twitter: @japanfilmfest / #JFF2014AU

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Nov 132013
 

What seemed like a simple telephone scam for some easy cash, quickly escalates to a surreal nightmare that Hitoshi Nagano is unable to escape from. My review of It’s Me, It’s Me (Ore Ore/俺俺) screening as part of the Japanese Film Festival after the jump.

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Nov 032013
 

Taishoken  is a name synonymous with tasty, quality ramen. What started as one tiny shop in an inconspicuous suburban Tokyo location, grew to be a powerful brand. The man responsible for the original creation is Kazuo Yamagishi – aka ‘The God of Ramen’. My review of the documentary showing as part of the Japanese Film Festival, is after the jump.

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Sep 042013
 

The 17th Japanese Film Festival programme has been announced and for the first time in the festival’s history, the programme is a national one. 12 of the latest box office hits plus 5 classics will tour all 5 cities: Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

The festival will open with The Great Passagea celebration of a vision to create the best Japanese dictionary starring two of Japan’s leading actors, Ryuhei Matsuda and Aoi Miyazaki. Closing the festival is the warm-hearted drama Fruits of Faith, a film which perfectly captures the Japanese spirit of dedication in the quest for the perfect and near impossible organic apple crop. The film is based on a true story and bestselling novel.

Other highlights include:

*The live-action adaptation of Tatsunoko’s classic anime Gatchaman (also known as Battle of the Planets/G-Force)

*Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods, featuring the legendary voice of Masakazu Morita (Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, One Piece).

*The Complex – the first horror film in almost a decade from director Hideo Nakata (The Ring)

*Kiyoshi Kurosawa blurs the line between subconscious and reality in spine-chiller Real. The film is screening at both TIFF & NYFF

*The God of Ramen tells the story of charismatic noodle shop owner Kazuo Yamagishi. See why customer’s queued regularly for over two hours a day for a bowl of ramen.

A free abridged program traveling to regional cities Broome (17 – 18 September), Townsville (26 October), Hobart (13, 14 & 16 October), Cairns (3 November) and Darwin (TBC) include titles from the 2012 major city line-up including Arrietty, A Ghost of a Chance and A Boy & His Samurai.

 

Major city festival dates and locations
BRISBANE: 16 – 20 October Events Cinema Brisbane Myer Centre
PERTH: 23 – 27 October Hoyts Westfield Carousel & State Library Theatre
CANBERRA: 30 October – 3 November Capital Cinema Manuka
SYDNEY: 14 – 24 November Event Cinemas George Street
MELBOURNE: 28 November – 8 December Hoyts Melbourne Central & ACMI Cinemas, Australian
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For more information visit the festival website: http://www.japanesefilmfestival.net/ and follow the festival goodness on Twitter: @japanfilmfest / #jff17

 

Nov 152012
 

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The 16th Japanese Film Festival opened in style in Sydney on Wednesday 14 November, with a sold-out screening of the Japanese domestic smash hit, Thermae Romae (テルマエ・ロマエ). This Japanese crowd-pleaser won over the Sydney audience also, with lots of laughs had by all. Congratulations to the Japan Film Festival for a great opening night. Review of the film after the jump.

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Nov 082012
 

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High school is very much like a delicate eco-system – everyone has their place in the system, and any disruption can have a “butterfly effect” throughout the whole system. When the most talked about boy in school removes himself from the eco-system, things quickly become unhinged. Review of The Kirishima Thing (桐島、部活やめるってよ) after the jump.

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