Started in 1997, JFF is now a highly anticipated annual film event which brings the best of Japanese movies, from classic to new releases, to some 25,000 fans and movie goers in Australia. It also brings out special guests from Japan for events during the festival. JFF is organised by Japan Foundation Sydney, which is established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and Australia.
This year's line up curated by Festival Director Masafumi Konomi include 12 of the best in contemporary Japanese cinema, from anime to internationally acclaimed drama, and everything in between.
Some of the highlights include the Australian premiere of LADY MAIKO, a musical comedy revolving around a country bumpkin who wants to become a geisha and finds help from a linguistics specialist; an award-winning film about traditional Japanese cuisine from recipes books dating back to the samurai age. A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING is based on the real-life story of a renowned family of samurai chefs, the Funaki household.