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Free Japanese Anime films to watch

Every year the Japan Information & Cultural Centre (JICC) at the Consulate-General of Japan in Bourke Street holds free Japanese film screenings. These are great for anyone learning Japanese or for the many people fascinated by Japanese screen culture.

All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.

On Thursday July the 30th they are showing Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, a 2009 Japanese animated mystery film directed by Masakazu Hashimoto, from 2.30pm to 4.10pm. This will be followed by an animated sci-fi feature The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, directed by Mamru Hosada, from 5.30pm -7.10pm. Both films are PG.

Find the kids a sushi train restaurant and you should have a fun cultural night out.

Image from Wikipedia of the movie poster

On Wednesday July 31st they are showing Howl's Moving Castle, an animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. For anyone who loves sensitive anime this a must. It is sometimes put on school syllabuses for years 5-9 as it is a complex and multi-layered film. A great chance to see an anime classic in the making (from 2.30pm to 4.25pm).

[ADVERT]This will be followed by Departures, which is M rated. This 2008 Japanese drama by Yōjirō Takita won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. Culturally it is interesting as it concerns the historic Japanese "encoffining" ceremony (nōkan) in which professional morticians dress and prepare bodies. From 5.30pm to 7.45pm.

You can download the flyer for the films here here.

For more information click here.

Admission is free but seating is limited so bookings are essential. Please RSVP by sending your contact details to
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Why? To enjoy Japanese film culture
When: July the 30th and 31st
Phone: While sessions are free you should RSVP:
Where: JICC, Consulate-General of Japan, Level 8, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free Admission
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These are some of my favorite movies! Will definitely be going. Thanks Nadine.
by Kezia Lubanszky (score: 1|89) 2280 days ago
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