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A fresh perspective on Japanese cinema
Japanese cinema has an unsurpassed reputation through multiple generations. Last century directors as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu broke new ground with films like Rashomon and Tokyo Story that defined and influenced modern cinema. If you're a film fan or want to have a fresh perspective on life, make a date on the 12 November for a trip through time and space.
Take the walk to another time on a small island village
The line-up starts with Tsukiji Wonderland at 11.15am. Set in the world's largest fish market (and one of the mystery box locations for MasterChef Japan Week 2017), this documentary offers different perspectives from traders to world-class chefs such as Jiro Ono and Noma's René Redzepi.
Fresh markets stretch the length and breadth of Japan
Metal-head Eikichi stars in the drama The Mohican Comes Home at 1.30 pm, about a struggling musician returning to his family in a sleepy island village off the coast of Shikoku. Set against the backdrop of quiet, island life, The Mohican Comes Home paces itself to the natural rhythms of day to day life, played out as a disjointed family comes together through a critical time.
The finale is Your Name at 350 pm, an award-winning animation with two strangers becoming connected in the most surprising way.
A cultural feast at the Japanese Film Festival
The film festival is brought to you by the Japan Foundation in partnership with the Australia - Japan Society Townsville. Tickets are available from an hour before each film. All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.