25 March 2015
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With every new year comes a new JFF

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JFF 2014 was the most exciting edition of the Japanese Film Festival so far and we couldn't have done it without your continued support! From festival attendance to social media engagement, we've certainly been feeling the love and we're gearing up to bring you another awesome line up of movies for this year's JFF 2015

As a sign of our appreciation and to welcome new subscribers this year, we have some prizes to give away in this newsletter including signed movie posters, DVDs, and movie tickets.
Above photography by Jollycam


Kinema Junpo, Japan's longest running film magazine, has released its verdict on 2014's top 10 films. Mipo Oh's The Light Shines Only There (Soko nomi ni te hikari ga kagayaku) received top awards including best film, best director and best actor.

Check out the other movies that made it as reported by the Japan TimesYou may have seen a number of them at JFF 2014!

The perfect film

Kingdom of Dreams and Madness takes us into the world of Studio Ghibli, as we follow Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata in the lead up to the release of The Wind Rises and Princess Kaguya.

Thanks to the jolly folks at Madman, we have three DVDs to give away. To enter the draw for one of three original DVDs, send an email to japanesefilmfestival@jpf.org.au by 1 April with 'Ghibli' as the subject line and tell us what your favourite Ghibli movie is.

And so the legend ends

Some of us have been left empty since the last screening of Rurouni Kenshin. The Kyoto Inferno DVD is now out in Australia to help you relive the movie but we can further help keep JFF 2014 memories alive for three lucky people: we are giving away three Kyoto Inferno movie posters signed by director Keishi Otomo!
To enter the draw for one of three posters, email japanesefilmfestival@jpf.org.au by 1 April with 'Kenshin' as the subject line and tell us who your favourite character in the movie was.

Win tickets to:

In cinemas around Australia 23rd April

Screened at film festivals around the world last year, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (PG) will be making its way back to Australian shores this April! 

We are giving away 10 in-season double passes from Palace Cinemas so you can watch the film at a Palace venue near you. 

For a chance to win tickets, email
Japanesefilmfestival@jpf.org.au with the subject 'Kumiko' by 6 April include your name and postal address and let us know which Japanese film you are most obsessed with and why?

"Stuck in a dead-end job, shy Kumiko (Oscar nominee Rinko KikuchiBabel) lives in a cramped apartment with her beloved pet rabbit Bunzo, and spends her free time compulsively watching the Coen brothers’ classic Fargo. Convinced that the treasure in the movie is real, she sets on a journey to Minnesota where the movie takes place.." 

To view the trailer and learn more about the movie visit  the official site here
Mark your calendars, Madman is releasing The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on 15 April - a beautiful boxed set with all your Miyazaki favourites and more! 
See the complete list of films on the Madman website and pre-order your copy now.
You will definitely be one of the first ones to receive updates on the upcoming JFF 2015 but don't be surprised if we grow quiet over the next few weeks!
For the latest news on Japanese films keep checking our Facebook page.
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