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If you’ve ever visited Japan, you’ve probably climbed to the top of one of Tokyo’s tall towers – Tokyo Tower, even – and tried to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji. You may have even made the trip to the active volcano yourself and have probably seen its shape splash into many memories. And you’ve probably spotted variations of Katsushika Hokusai’s artwork that feature her as well. His Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series, which includes The Great Wave off Kanagawais one of the things he is best known for.

In fact, seeing Mount Fuji for yourself might not be an option right now, but you can learn more about Hokusai and his work at the annual Japanese Film Festival in Australia. It is back for its 25th year in 2021, screened in Brisbane at Palace Barracks and Palace James Street from Thursday November 11 to Sunday November 21, with biopic Hokusai kick off the festival on opening night.

Also on the program for the 21 films: Oscar submission real motherswhich sees acclaimed filmmaker Naomi Kawase shoot a story about adoption; Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, a 2021 Berlinale Silver Bear for director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi; and The deer kingan animated film that enters a world plagued by disease – and follows two survivors who may have the cure.

Or, you can check Under the open sky, about an ex-yakuza starting over after 13 years in prison; hostage thriller Masked room, which comes to the screen from the pages of a medical mystery novel; and comedy not quite dead yetabout a singer who wishes her father dead.

A number of films by avant-garde directors Shūji Terayama are also part of the lineup, and from Monday 15 November to Sunday 21 November, JFF is screening a range of free titles online – so you can keep watching even when you are not in a cinema.

Want to transport yourself to Japan? Let the Japanese Film Festival take you from Monday November 15th to Sunday November 21st at Palace Barracks and Palace James Street. For more information and to book your tickets, visit the site.

Images: © 2021 NEOPA / Fictitious and Copyright © 2020 HOKUSAI FILM.

Marie A. Evans