Last Chance Melbourne!
What a week in Melbourne! We first started with an Opening Night Gala on Thursday, a Rurouni Kenshin
trilogy on Saturday with a special guest appearance by the director himself, Keishi Otomo (pictured on the left with cosplay fans
), and then a world premiere that involved zombies and samurais on Monday with director Kazushi Watanabe and lead actor Yuki Himura in a tux (pictured on the right with Melbourne zombies
(Photos by JollyCam Photography)
Thank you all for being a part of it. And a special thanks to Richard Haridy (film critic and currently the Chair of the Australian Film Critics Association) who facilitated our Q&A sessions. We hope you enjoyed the sessions as much as we did!
Missed Out on All the Fun and Action?
This week is your last chance! As we approach the end of the Festival, we have a couple more special events and guests coming your way...
with director Kiyoshi Sasabe and actor / producer Seishiro Nishida on Thursday, 4 December, 6:05pm at ACMI.
Travel to Kagoshima for the annual summer lantern festival known as 'Rokugatsudo' (also a part of the film's literal title in Japanese)
and step into the lives of a dysfunctional family, held together by three strong-willed sisters.
) with director Kiyoshi Sasabe and actor Seishiro Nishida (cameo appearance) on Friday, 5 December, 6:30pm at ACMI.
Take a walk along the back streets of Tokyo and discover the abandoned, forgotten and homeless youth roughing it out in the dark corners of a bustling city.
Highlights for the Weekend
Catch Sue, Mai & Sawa
on Friday, based on a popular manga 'Su-chan', a funny and thoughtful story about the support and refuge that true friends can bring.
On Saturday, make sure you don't miss Sion Sono's rap musical Tokyo Tribe (pictured) starring Ryohei Suzuki from HK: Forbidden Super Hero from last year's JFF or if that's too extreme, the controversial romance in My Man might be one to check out.
On Sunday, if you are familiar with last year's films and directors then Yuya Ishii's (The Great Passage) Our Family or Daihachi Yoshida's (The Kirishima Thing) Pale Moon
are worth looking into. Otherwise, catch the closing film for JFF 2014 even before it hits screens later this year in Japan, The Vancouver Asahi
, releasing in Japan on December 20.
World Movies presents LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Every night is a film festival on World Movies. Don’t miss the premiere of the critically acclaimed LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Tuesday 11 December at 9.30pm. This heartbreaking story follows a father who learns his son was switched with another child after birth, and must make a life-changing decision to choose between his biological son or the boy he raised as his own. Channel 430 only on Foxtel.
Audience Choice Awards
For the first time in JFF history, we are introducing the Audience Choice Award, entirely voted by you! Grab a copy of our survey form, let us know a few details and go into the draw for some awesome prizes
Stay Connected with JFF
With the JFF winding down, keep in touch by staying connected with us on facebook
. We will be announcing the Audience Choice Awards here, along with other film info, news and competitions to win tickets to similar events around Australia.