28 April 2016
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Winter is coming

Winter only gives us more reason to stay indoors and binge watch our favourite films - with a range of options on paid services, such as Netflix, and free platforms, such as SBS On Demand. In this issue of the JFF e-newsletter we bring you fresh J-film trailers in our radar, film news, and some suggestions for movie nights at home or in cinema!

Make sure to read all the way through for some exclusive giveaways in Sydney and Melbourne.
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《夢の花嫁》(A Bride For Rip Van Winkle) 正式預告片 3月17日上映

Fresh trailer alert
A Bride For Rip Van Wrinkle

This mysteriously titled new movie by director Shunji Iwai has caught our attention. Lonely protagonist Nanami marries a man she met through social media, and turns to an odd-jobs handyman Masayuki to find pretend friends and relatives to come to her wedding. Not long after getting wed, her marriage falls apart and she ends up working part time jobs for Masayuki.

See the rest of our trailer round-up in the blog. Continue Reading >>

Click the image above to watch the trailer.
Hiroshi Abe in AFTER THE STORM

Japanese films

The historical film Persona Non Grata debuted earlier this year in the US at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Taking a leaf out of forgotten history, the multilingual film tells the story of Chiune "Sempo" Sugihara who helped 6,000 people flee Poland in 1939 during the holocaust. The film was directed by Cellin Gluck, who also directed the Japanese version of Sideways and has been assistant director to various Japanese and Hollywood productions. Watch the trailer here.

Two new titles will be premiering at Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. The much awaited Ghibli animated film The Red Turtle by Dutch-British animator Michael Dudok de Wit will be a breath of fresh air, heralding what could be a new chapter in the animation studio's history.

Hirokazu Kore-eda is back with a new film, After The Storm, starring favourites Kirin Kiki, Hiroshi Abe and Maki Yoko. Kiki has mentioned in an interview that she would consider After The Storm as an unofficial sequel to Still Walking (2008)
Naomi Kawase Copyright RR

Naomi Kawase
New Cinefondation President

Naomi Kawase is the new president of Cinefondation and the Short Film Jury in Cannes this 2016. Kawase has previously served as part of the jury back in 2013 when it was presided by Steven Spielberg. It is definitely a new milestone in her career as a filmmaker, especially with the Cinefondation and Short Film Jury being previously presided over by Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion and Hou Hsiao Hsien.

Read more abou tthe news on Variety.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Message to fans in AUSTRALIA – KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Wants to hear from you!

One look at Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu's official Youtube channel will confirm that she's the queen of everything kooky - including strange, colourful and imaginative music videos. Well that very same Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be holding a concert in Sydney (24 June) and Melbourne (25 June). Visit her tour page online for more information.

Get a chance to win a double pass to her 5th year anniversary concert in Sydney or Melbourne! Email us a question for Kyary and the city of your choice (Syd or Mel) to competitions@jpf.org.au with the subject 'Hey KPP'. Deadline is on 10 May at 12:00pm. 

We'll pick 5 questions which Kyary will answer in a video message which will go out in the next e-newsletter. Click the animated image above to watch her greeting video.
Poster for I WISH by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Movie Night Recommendation:
I Wish


With Hirokazu Kore-eda's newest film After The Storm to debut at Cannes Film Festival yet again, now is a good time to catch up Kore-eda films.

I Wish (2011) is an unassuming, classic feel-good tale which follows the story of two brothers, Koichi and Ryu, who live separately because of their divorced parents. One day, Koichi, who lives with their mother, hears a rumour that the new bullet train line can magically grant wishes—could this be the answer to his wish of reuniting their family? 

Watch the trailer here or better yet, make it a movie night in by watching the film for free online at SBS On Demand.

The actors who play Koichi and Ryu are real life brothers!

Poster for ONLY YESTERDAY by Isao Takahata
In Cinemas
Near You:
Only Yesterday


The Isao Takahata-directed Ghibli Film Only Yesterday is celebrating its 25th anniversary! The film will be screened in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand in the new English dubbed version which features a new soundtrack. Check Madman's website for dates and locations, to start booking your tickets!

Screenings in the original Japanese language version are also available in select cinemas, please enquire with your local cinema.

About the film:

Only Yesterday tells the story of Taeko, a single woman working a desk job in Tokyo, who has reached a point in her life where she needs to get away from her job, her family and most of all, big city life. A much needed vacation to the countryside stirs childhood memories, recalling her time as a schoolgirl in 1966. 

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