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JFF Encore - Japan Academy Awards Edition

The Japanese Film Festival returns this July to Sydney with JFF Encore, bringing Japan's contemporary classics from past JFFs back to the big screen. This new addition to the JFF calendar debuts with JFF Encore - Japan Academy Award Edition, showcasing eight Japan Academy Award-winning titles.

It takes place at Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney on 9 - 13 July 2014. Tickets on sale 11 June via

This one week teaser is a prelude to the 18th JFF which is held nationally during October - November 2014. 

Here's a snapshot of the line-up:
  • Yojiro Takita’s Academy Award-winning Departures (2008), the closing film for the 12th JFF prior to its win for Best Foreign Film. (Tip: bring tissues)When the Last Sword is Drawn
  • Another of Takita’s work: When the Last Sword is Drawn (2003) - a samurai epic full of drama, suspense and swordplay. It also opened the 8th JFF (Trip down memory lane here... who was here for it?!)
  • Tetsuya Nakashima’s disturbing classroom drama, Confessions (2010). Meet an ice-cold teacher obsessed with seeking revenge for the murder of her four-year-old daughter (Definitely don't want to cross her path)
  • Izuru Narushima’s Rebirth (2011) - a woman is on trial for abducting and raising a six-month-old baby (Cue creepy music)
  • Takashi Yamazaki’s Always – Sunset on Third Street (2005) swept up more than half of the awards at the 29th Japan Academy Awards. Watch for a nostalgic journey back to Tokyo circa 1958 that also launched the Always phenomenon. 
  • In Tokyo Tower - Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007), Joji Matsuoka adapts onto the big screen Lily Franky’s (The Devil’s Path; Like Father, Like Son) best-selling autobiography about his profound love for his mother (JFF awards this with the Best Son Award)
  • Kenji Uchida’s comedy, 
  • Key of LifeKey of Life (2012), tells the story of a failed actor who unwittingly assumes the identity of a hitman. 
  • The multi-layered The Kirishima Thing (2012), directed by Daihachi Yoshida, explores the delicate ecosystem of high school, showing the butterfly effect of one student’s mysterious disappearance on the school’s precarious social fabric 
  Attention Sailor Moon Fans! 
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is proud to be sponsoring the appearance of Kotono Mitsuishi, prolific voice actress and guest at Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH) 2014!

Mitsuishi is best known for her roles in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Blue Seed, Darkside Blues, Mobile Suit Gundam, Gundam Seed Destiny, Dragon Half and of course, Sailor Moon. For a chance to meet her in person, be sure to secure your tickets. SMASH! 2014 is held at Rosehill Gardens, 9 - 10 August.

For more J-films servings on the side...

  • Studio Ghibli at Way out West Festival for Children | 9 – 12 July 
    Kids! Catch free screenings of Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro this July school holidays at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Registration is essential; bookings open 3 June.
  • Nagisa Oshima: Empire of Passion | 2 – 16 July 
    Melbourne Cinematheque is hosting a season of Oshima's most dynamic and crucial work from the 1960-70s on 35mm print. 
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REAL DVD Giveaway 

When the subconscious blurs with reality, who can tell what is REAL?

Thanks to Madman, we have five copies of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's REAL up for grabs. For a chance to win, email us at  your name, contact no. and postal address. Entries close Friday 13 June. Good luck! Note: only winners will be notified. 
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Win tix to see the Studio Ghibli doco 

Sydney Film Festival brings you a dose of Studio Ghibli from classics to the latest epic The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

Win a double pass to see behind the scenes film The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness thanks to Madman! Simply email us your name, postal address and your fave Studio Ghibli title to Entries close Friday 6 June. Note: only winners will be notified. 
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