Nov 152012
 

Thermae Romae

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
 

kirishima

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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Oct 182012
 

japanff

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.

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Sep 172012
 

poppyhill

The highest grossing Japanese film of 2011, From Up On Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から) was written by the master of animation Hayao Miyazaki (with Keiko Niwa, and based on the comics written by Tetsuro Sayama), directed by Goro Miyazaki, and was produced by animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli – What a pedigree! Thankfully the film lives up to the reputation of the names behind it. It’s a heartfelt and charming story, anchored by historical facts and the strong female characters which Ghibli films are known for. Review after the jump!

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Aug 102012
 

from up on poppy hill

Madman Entertainment is again bringing some of the freshest and most exciting animation direct from Japan to centres around Australia in September.

Four fantastic animated films wills screen in the show case held September 13-26. Details about the films (courtesy of Madman Entertainment)  and the official showcase trailer can be found after the jump.

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