October brings the sights and sounds of Japan to Canberra as the Australian and Japanese communities come together to celebrate the sister city relationship between Nara, Japan and Canberra. The Canberra Nara Candle Festival will showcase familiar aspects of the Japanese culture including arts and crafts, live performances and food. To sweeten the October "mochi" in Canberra, the Japanese Film Festival will also take place this month.
The Japanese Film Festival was launched in 1997 by Japan Foundation Sydney, which is established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between both countries. This highly anticipated annual film event brings the best of Japanese movies, from classic to new releases, to some 25,000 fans and movie goers in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Fremantle. It also brings out special guests from Japan for events during the festival. Today, the Japanese Film Festival in Australia is the largest Japanese film festival outside of Japan.
Festival Director Masafumi Konomi has curated 12 of the best in contemporary Japanese cinema, from anime to internationally acclaimed drama, and everything in between, as part of this year's line up. From 15 to 19 October you can enjoy movies including 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; Thermae Romae' and its sequel 'Thermae Romae II' based on a smash-hit manga series, follows the adventures of a time-travelling Roman architect specialising in bath culture to modern day Japan; and 'A Tale of Samurai Cooking' is an award-winning film about traditional Japanese cuisine from recipes books dating back to the samurai age.
The Japanese Film Festival will screen in Capitol Cinemas Manuka 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 Japanese Film Festival in Canberra, check out the website. In support of Japanese Film Festival, IORI Japanese Restaurant and IORI Japanese Fine Dining is offering all Japanese Film Festival movie goers with a 5% discount off their dining bills in the restaurants between 15 to 19 October.