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 Passage, a 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
Centre for the Moving Image
For more information visit the festival website: http://www.japanesefilmfestival.net/ and follow the festival goodness on Twitter: @japanfilmfest / #jff17