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Turning Japanese
Japanese culture is one of the most fascinating in the world. From its ancient traditions and rituals through to its passion for pop culture and innovation of technology, the culture of Japan is one of great contrasts.

The Japanese film industry has long celebrated Japanese culture and the films have become popular not only in Japan, but throughout the world.

From October 14th to December 4th 2016, the Japanese Film Festival returns to mark its 20th anniversary with a national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. Curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the Festival promises a special selection of films celebrating Japanese culture.

Whether you enjoy comedy, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance or other genres, the Japanese Film Festival promises something for everyone.

Highlights of the 2016 Festival include CREEPY, the latest film from Japan's leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) about a former detective who investigates the case of a missing family, all the while oblivious to the dangers closer to home. Also showing will be CHIHAYAFURU PART I and II, based on the popular manga series of the same name, as well as a fascinating documentary which captures the unique culture of the world's largest seafood market, TSUKIJI WONDERLAND.

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The popular Japanese Film Festival Classics program will also return to Sydney this year, featuring social films from post-war independent directors Tadashi Imai and Kaneto Shindo. The program will include Imai's BLUE MOUNTAINS, a two-part film where school teacher Yukiko, played by Setsuko Hara, attempts to introduce democracy into her classroom at a time when feudal ideologies still ran strong, and Shindo's 1952 docudrama CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA, a heartfelt film telling the stories of children affected by the bombing incident in World War II.

Japanese Film Festival Program Coordinator, Margarett Cortez, said, "We've scoured Japan for the best of both classic and modern Japanese cinema and we're thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary with such a diverse program. From special events and classic films from the fifties on, to works by female directors and rising indie filmmakers, there really is something for everyone in this program".

The Festival will also host a number of special event screenings, including pop culture days in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, foodie film screenings and special guest screenings.

For more information, the program is available on the Japanese Film Festival website.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience Japanese culture through its hugely popular films.

Where and when?

CANBERRA - 14 to 23 October 2016 at Capital Cinemas, Manuka
ADELAIDE - 21 to 30 October 2016 at at Mercury Cinema
BRISBANE - 26 to 30 October 2016 at Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre
PERTH - 2 to 6 November 2016 at Hoyts Carousel, Cannington
SYDNEY - 17 to 27 November 2016 at Event Cinemas George Street
MELBOURNE - 24 November to 4 December 2016 at Hoyts Melbourne Central & ACMI Cinemas
SYDNEY CLASSICS - 8 October to 6 November 2016 at Art Gallery of NSW
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Why? Because Japanese films are fun for all the family
When: 14 October 2016 to 4 December 2016
Where: See website for event venues nationally
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