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Japanese Film Festival 2014 - Adelaide

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Japanese Film Festival Director Masafumi Konomi
Festival Director Masafumi Konomi / Photo courtesy of Japanese Film Festival

Fans of the Japanese culture in South Australia will be thrilled this October. In addition to celebrating all things Japan each year with the Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival and having the largest percentage of people in Australia studying Japanese, Adelaide will also debut the 18th Japanese Film Film Festival (JFF). South Australians will be the first to enjoy the largest Japanese film festival outside of Japan.

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.
LADY MAIKO / Photo courtesy of

Anime fans should check out SHORT PEACE consisting of 4 shorts including the 86th Academy Award nominated Best Animated Short Film, Possessions. Kids are not left out with KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE adapted from a children's novel.
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE / Photo courtesy of

JFF will screen in Adelaide from 10 to 12 October and 17 to 19 October, and all films are in Japanese with English subtitles. For more details on the movie schedule and to grab tickets to your favourite Japanese movie at this year's JFF, check out the website.

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