Japanese Film Festival – IF Magazine

The 26th Japanese Film Festival, the biggest celebration of Japanese cinema in the country, bringing new and old films to local audiences, returns in November and December.

Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the festival travels through five major cities starting in Canberra (November 5-20) before moving to Perth (November 21-27), Brisbane (November 11-27) and Melbourne (November 30 to December 4) and ending in Sydney (December 7 to 14).

The opening of the festival this year in all cities is the historical drama Dreaming of the meridian arc, a witty retelling of Japanese history by director Kenji Nakanishi. Set in both present-day Japan and the Edo period, this comedy reveals the true story of the man who made the very first map of Japan.

Other movies include Intolerance, And so the baton passed, Blue, In the wake, Baby Assassins, ANIME SUPREMACY!, Thermal Blue, murder lesson and The pursuit of perfection.

Along with the latest box office hits, this year’s JFF special will air in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. This free series proudly features rare 35mm film screenings of the works of master filmmaker Mikio Naruse.

Audiences in Sydney will also be treated to a special post-film discussion event. The conference will take place at the Chauvel on Wednesday 14 December, where after a screening of Floating Clouds, Dr Mats Karlsson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, will discuss the film in the context of director Mikio Naruse’s filmography, which s extends from 1930 to 1967.

The schedule of events in the five major cities is as follows:

Opening: November 16 at the Palace Electric
Latest outings: November 16-20 at Palace Electric
Special Series: November 5-6 at NFSA

Opening: November 21 at Palace Raine Square
Latest outings: November 21-27 at Palace Raine Square

Opening: November 23 at the Palace Barracks
Latest outings: November 23-27 at Palace Barracks
Special Series: November 11-20 at QAGOMA

Opening: November 30 at the Kino
Last outings: from November 30 to December 4 at the Kino
Special Series: December 2-4 at ACMI

Opening: December 7 at the Palace Norton Street
Last outings: December 7-11 at Palace Central, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona
Special Series: December 12-14 at La Chauvel

Marie A. Evans