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JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL NEWS | 11 October 2016
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The JFF team has prepared a summary of the program by genre and program stream for this edition of the JFF e-newsletter. If you're still having a hard time deciding which movies to watch, then get your pen and paper ready to take down notes. If you're in Sydney and Melbourne, mark your calendars as we'll be welcoming some very special guests this year!

To see the full schedule, head over to the Film Schedule Page and click on +FILTER to browse screening sessions.

The trusty printed program booklet is now available for download as well! (Click here to choose your download.)

 
We're kickstarting the JFF Main Program at Canberra later this week! The first film on our list is the spine-tingling thriller Creepy screening on Friday night, 14 October at Capitol Cinemas Manuka.
 
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Director Hitomi Kuroki on set DESPERATE SUNFLOWERS

 

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Female Directors
At JFF 2016, we are showcasing works by four female directors: Miwa Nishikawa (Dear DoctorDreams for Sale), Yukiko Mishima (A Drop of the GrapevineBread of Happiness), Satoko Yokohama (Bare Essence of Life), and veteran actor Hitomi Kuroki in her directorial debut (Desperate Sunflowers).

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Auteurs
Browse our selection of films with arthouse appeal by auteurs ranging from award-winning directors like Hirokazu Kore-eda to indie director like Satoko Yokohama.
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Still from ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM: GRADUATION
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Idol Power
See your pop idols in a different light as they take on roles that showcase their acting talents! From k-pop idols to AKB-48, browse the Idol Power program stream.
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Culture Focus
Venture back in time to old Japan with period films like The Magnificent Nine or discover the beauty of traditions like rakugo and karuta in a modern setting.
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Twisted Minds
Grindhouse, noir, crime fiction… There’s no shortage of suspense and thrillers in Japanese cinema this year. Explore the underbelly of Japanese society with films like Twisted Justice or challenge yourself with daring titles like Hime-Anole.
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Manga Hits
Our manga hits selection prove that book-to-film adaptations can also be awesome. Reunite with your favourite characters on the big screen! These awesome adaptations range from rom-coms to sci-fi action that will take you from the corridors of a Japanese high school all the way to Mars.
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Family Friendly
Whether you’re up for a horror flick or a child-friendly title, we have a range of crowd-pleasers for date nights with the fam! Families with young kids will be particularly delighted with films like Chibi Maruko Chan -A Boy from Italy- or Rudolf the Black Cat.
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Poverty, tragedy, and class struggle:
The films of Imai and Shindo
Don't forget to catch the free JFF Classics Program at the Art Gallery of NSW this month (until 6 November). Featuring some of the most socially and politically controversial post-war films by independent directors Tadashi Imai and Kaneto Shindo, screening in 16mm and 35mm print format.

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THE INERASABLE

 

HORROR
Horror fans, don't miss out on this year's only horror title. THE INERASABLE is a refreshing take on horror, straddling the boundaries of logical and supernatural.
SANADA TEN BRAVES
ACTION & SUSPENSE
From family-friendly comedies like Assassination Classroom -Graduation- to serious detective action dramas like SIX FOUR, browse this year's range of action & suspense titles!

Image from period epic SANADA TEN BRAVES set during the Siege of Osaka in the Tokugawa Shogunate.
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CREEPY
CRIME & MYSTERY
2016 is the year of spine-tingling crime & mystery films for Japanese films. From arthouse productions like Night's Tightrope to unforgiving thrillers like Hime-Anole, find some of the most excellent films in our crime & mystery section.

Image from award-winning director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's psychological thriller CREEPY.
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RUDOLF THE BLACK CAT
ANIME
We bring you all the kawaii with the adorable 3D animation Rudolf the Black Cat and the nostalgic and fun Chibi Maruko Chan (back with a new adventure!).

Image from the heart-melting story of RUDOLF THE BLACK CAT and his other cat friends.
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SING MY LIFE
From superhero parodies to magical transformations, our comedy line-up is short but definitely filled with laughter! 

Image from SING MY LIFE, a Japanese adaptation of the popular Korean movie Miss Granny.
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KAMPAI! FOR THE LOV EOF SAKE
DOCUMENTARY
Check out JFF 2016's documentary films, featuring in-depth docos for foodies and sake enthusiasts. Don't forget to mark your calendars, we're also holding a sake tasting event on 20 Nov to celebrate our foodie docos.

Image from KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE.
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THE ACTOR
SLICE OF LIFE
Indulge in these slice of life films, from sharing moments with a professional movie extra to eavesdropping on the conversations of bored high school boys. 

Image from Satoko Yokohama's dramedy, THE ACTOR.
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A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE
DRAMAS WITH A DIFFERENCE
We've handpicked the best dramas of 2016, from the popular manga-to-film CHIHAYAFURU to movies with all the feels like A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE.

Image from Isao Yukisada's cleverly made drama PINK AND GRAY.
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ROMANCE & RELATIONSHIPS
Have a browse at our romance & relationship films, ranging from light-hearted and surprisingly poignant relationship dramas like DESPERATE SUNFLOWERS to multi-cultural love like in the film MY KOREAN TEACHER.

Image from WOLF GIRL AND BLACK PRINCE.
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Book Giveaway

SIX FOUR: the nightmare no parent could endure, the case no detective could solve, the twist no one could predict. Watch this two-part saga at JFF in Sydney and Melbourne. 

We're also extending the chance to win a copy of the original novel, in English, to all our JFF e-newsletter subscribers. Email competitions@jpf.org.au with the subject 'SIX FOUR' to enter the lucky draw. Deadline on 17 Oct. 

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