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JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL NEWS | 11 November 2016
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Japanese Film Festival
10 days, 40 films, 63 screenings
The Sydney and Melbourne legs of the festival are coming up soon with 40 fresh releases lined up, with an additional 6 classic film titles for Melbourne as part of JFF Classic.
THE LONG EXCUSE
Sydney's special guest screening for The Long Excuse has already sold out while there are still tickets left for Melbourne. Best to book early to avoid disappointment! We've included a list below of the fast selling sessions in Sydney, if you're planning to watch a few, check the list to better plan your viewing experience.
 
A scene from NIGHT'S TIGHTROPE
Focus on Tadashi Imai and Kaneto Shindo
JFF Classics in Melbourne will screen six films from two independent directors active in the post-Second World War period. Visceral, tragic, and raw, witness the works of Tadashi Imai and Kaneto Shindo in 35mm and 16mm. JFF recommends Tadashi Imai's Bushido: Samurai Saga, winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale 1963, and Shindo's Mother, a lesser-known film by the director which captures the struggles of the lower class in post-war Japan.

All JFF Classics screenings are free.
Plan Your Festival
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Sydney Key Dates
Image: Nathan Tam, pianist

THURSDAY 17 NOV
If you have tickets to After the Storm, join us for opening night celebrations at Sydney Lower Town Hall from 6pm. Simply present your movie ticket at the door. More details

FRIDAY 18 NOV
Female director Yukiko Mishima will talk about her film and answer audience's questions at the post-film Q&A session for Night's Tightrope. Film details

SATURDAY 19 NOV
JFF will transform Event Cinemas George Street into a flurry of music and colours for Cosplay Day!

Catch the Online Cosplay Competition winner announcement at the 11:30am Assassination Classroom -Graduation- screening session, and enjoy live music by Nathan Tam and Unikon outside Cinema 5 from 2pm-4pm. More details

SUNDAY 20 NOV
Off-site sake tasting for our foodie event with Ginkgo Leaf and Sakenet. More details


SUNDAY 27 NOV
The Long Excuse special guest event at Event Cinemas George St with a post-film Q&A to with director Miwa Nishikawa and lead actor Masahiro Motoki. More details

 

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Melbourne Key Dates
Image: Brandon Lee, koto performer

THURSDAY 24 NOV
The festival opens with After the Storm at ACMI Cinemas. Starting the following day, we will also be screening films at Hoyts Melbourne Central.

SATURDAY 26 NOV
Hang out at the ACMI Cafe & Bar which is giving a 10% discount on all menu items for the duration of JFF. Koto (Japanese string instrument) musician Brandon Lee will be performing beautiful zen music in between JFF Classics screenings. Performance from 4pm-4:20pm; 4:30-4:50pm

Catch the Online Cosplay Competition winner announcement at the 1:45pm screening of Assassination Classroom -Graduation- at Hoyts Melbourne Central. Book film tickets

MONDAY 28 NOV
The Long Excuse special guest event at ACMI Cinemas with a post-film Q&A to with director Miwa Nishikawa and lead actor Masahiro Motoki. More details

FRIDAY 2 DEC
Off-site sake tasting for our foodie event with Sakenet at Mr Kitly. (Sold out) More details
Sydney sessions selling fast
Book in advance to secure good seats!

Friday 18/11
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Haha to Kuraseba)
The Top Secret: Murder in Mind
Tsukiji Wonderland

Saturday 19/11
Assassination Classroom -Graduation-
Chihayafuru Part 1 (Vmax session)
Chihayafuru Part 2 (Vmax session)

Sunday 20/11

Kampai! For the Love of Sake
Pink and Gray

Tuesday 22/11

HK2: The Abnormal Crisis (Hentai Kamen 2)

Friday 25/11
Erased

Saturday 26/11
Six Four: Part 1
Six Four: Part 2
FilmInk Reviews
Media partner FilmInk reviews some of the darkest titles in the JFF program this year.
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The Top Secret:
Murder in Mind
"This is an incredibly dark film, with murder, sex, and the occasional broken taboo."
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Hime-Anole
"..a bold and frightening piece of cinema that truly gets under your skin."
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Destruction Babies
"Destruction Babies is an amoral and cynical film where no one is truly shown to be without sin."
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Brisbane & Perth Photo Re-cap
JFF Brisbane witnessed some brilliant cosplay artistry on Cosplay Day! Pictured below are Theatre of Thunder and their awesome butoh performance; No Face and Kiki dancing to lovely music by Konoha Collective. Cosplayers in Perth braved the 30-degree heat to come to the cinema, with the winner announced by our host Eugene!

Photography by Jefferson and Raito Photography.
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