Last chance Sydney! The JFF 2014 International tour continues; next stop, Melbourne!
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Sydney underway!
We are halfway there and cannot believe that this Sunday is our last day before we pack up and head for Melbourne!

(pictured: Sydney Opening Night and Lady Maiko Special Guests Event in Sydney) 
Going, going...
Sydneysiders, this is your last chance to catch the latest contemporary films now showing in Japan. Many will sadly not get an Australian release so don't be a monkey and miss out!

Highlights for the weekend include Friday night's Tokyo Tribe, the latest from Sion Sono (all done in rap!), Saturday's Pecoross' Mother and Her Days (Kinema Junpo #1 film on their Top Ten list from last year), the repeat screening of the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy and Tokyo Refugees, on homelessness in Tokyo. 

Introducing the Director's Picks! 
Unsure of what to see with so many films on offer? Here are Festival Director Masafumi Konomi's picks for this year. Catch the Tokyo International Film Festival audience award-winning crime drama Pale Moon (pictured on the left), the dark and moody romance-drama The Light Shines Only There, and the coming-of-age comedy drama Wood Job! (pictured below). Don't miss these gems on the big screen! :) 

Spotlight on Shota Sometani
Shota Sometani won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 68th Venice Film Festival for his role in Himizu. At JFF2014 alone, he appears in seven of our films! 

You will recognise him for his lead role in Wood Job! (pictured)  as a fresh grad in a forestry apprenticeship, a narrator who raps in Tokyo Tribe, a colleague in Snow White Murder Case, a younger brother in A Drop of a Grapevine (pictured), a fighter pilot in The Eternal Zero and other minor roles in The Kiyosu Conference and Sue, Mai and Sawa.

With a portfolio of films like these, he is definitely one talented and versatile rising actor to keep an eye on!
More film information available via the JFF website, touring to a local city near you.


Unofficial Festival blogger Samson, has started his own
unofficial JFF blog,  reviewing and posting all things JFF! Check it out for independent films reviews and other interesting tidbits in #JFF2014AU!


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