The Japanese Film Festival is celebrating its 23rd year, touring 15 cities and 19 venues across Australia. From age-old ghost stories to chilling tales from the spirit realm, JFF also presents a FREE Classics program and landmark films from Japanese horror pioneers. Highlights include Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi; an anthology of 4 separate, chilling tragedies. The Classics Program is a bone-chilling celebration of the horror genre. Look deeper and you'll discover a fascinating glimpse into traditional Japanese folklore and the spirit world that spans across many eras.
Firstly if you're in Brisbane (23-27 Oct) Harajuku Gyoza Brisbane CBD and Harajuku Gyoza South Bank are offering all JFF moviegoers a free sweet treat before or after your movie. Just show your movie ticket to claim your free serve of dessert gyoza or the famous raindrop cake.
Do note that all the JFF program booklets contain a stamp rally. The more films you see, the more prizes you get. Just present your JFF cinema ticket at the Festival Info Desk on the day of the screening session to collect a stamp. The stamp rally is located on the outside back cover of Sydney and Melbourne programs, and the inside back cover of Brisbane, and Perth programs. Get your tickets via the Buy Now Links on the JFF website or at the Box Office. Save money with a 5 Film Pass which is only available via the box office except for ACMI where it's available online.
Yuko Hakota - a female director carving out a space in a largely male dominated industry started out by directing Japanese and international tv commercials. Her film Blue Hour is a sensitive and artistic debut feature film filled with complex nuances of intimacy across relationships and the passing of time.
Dr Emerald L King - learn about the manga behind Fly Me to the Saitama at this post-film Talk and Q&A of 80s manga and forgotten classics.
Shinzo Katayama - Siblings of the Cape has been 10 years in the making and reflects Katayama's approach to film. Cast and crew were kept on their toes, just like the director, not knowing where the film would lead. Every element of the script was written with each season.
Some of the events have been and gone, however Regional events can still be looked forward to in Cairns, Adelaide, Townsville, and Newcastle with 4 films on offer. Dad's Lunch Box is a warm story of the growing bond between a newly-divorced father and daughter and reinforces the age-old sentiment that family connections are best built through food. Every Day A Good Day is an elegant and moving tale that brings the world of tea ceremony to life with lessons to connect deeply with ourselves and the natural world around you.
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable is about high schooler Josuke taking a stand for love and justice. Supernatural abilities and conjurings abound in this great intro to the stylish, wild world of JoJo's.
Mirai - a gorgeous film told through the eyes of a 4 year old whose life has been turned upside down when he meets his new baby sister Mirai (meaning 'future). He's no longer the center of attention and travels through a mysterious magical time-travelling gateway where he meets people from the past and future, including a teenage Marai. From the ghost and spirit filled CLASSICS to the MAIN Program of drama, crime & suspense, comedy, anime, coming of age and more, there's much to discover at the Festival. Check the Staff Picks if you're looking for recommendations. The Facebook page is also a good site for more information.