The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary with a huge national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture from October 14th to December 4th.
With each city’s program carefully curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2016 Festival will present exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedy, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance and much more.
Highlights of the 2016 Festival include Creepy, the latest film from Japan’s leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa about a former detective who investigates the case of a missing family all the while obvious of the dangers close to home, Chihayafuru Part I and II based on the popular manga series of the same name, and a fascinating documentary which captures the unique culture of the world’s largest seafood market, Tsukiji Wonderland.
The popular JFF Classics program will also return to Sydney this year, featuring social films from post-war independent directors Tadashi Imai and Kaneto Shindo. The free 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.
JFF Program Coordinator Margarett Cortez enthuses, “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.
The program is available here.