Program of the Japanese Film Festival 2021

From epic fantasies to dizzying thrillers and avant-garde feature films, the 25th annual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) will return across the country from October through December.

The program will screen 15 recently released feature films, spanning a diverse selection of genres ranging from action and anime, drama, documentaries and more.

“To celebrate JFF’s 25th anniversary, we are delighted to return to theaters and share the best of Japanese cinema with audiences in Perth,” said Japanese Film Festival Director Yurika Sugie. “This year, film connoisseurs can expect an exceptional selection of contemporary works, international film festival favorites and award winners, as well as an incredible online program.”

Hajime Hashimoto’s “Hokusai” will open the festival, with a cast including Yuya Yagira, Hiroshi Abe and Min Tanaka.

Award-winning dramas include “Under The Open Sky“, winner of the Best International Audience Choice award at the Chicago International Film Festival, about a hardened ex-yakuza who goes in search of his missing mother after 13 years behind. les bars, and Best International Feature Film Oscar Submission “Real Mothers”.

‘The King of the Deer’

“The Deer King” is an epic fantasy story about a world plagued by a deadly black wolf disease; ‘Poupelle Of Chimney Town’ is the story of a young chimney sweep who sets out on an adventure.

Thriller lovers will appreciate it. . . “Masked Ward,” a giddy hostage thriller based on a popular medical novel; “Al Amok”, a technological nightmare where benevolent medical AI malfunctions; and “The Night Beyond The Tricornered Window”, following a crime-solving duo investigating grisly murders.

Alternatively, the sumo documentary ‘Sumodo ~ The Successors Of Samurai ~’, the action-packed ‘The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn’t Kill’ and the offbeat comedy ‘Not Quite Dead Yet’ are other highlights to wait throughout the festival.

JFF will also offer a free special series of films by influential Japanese director Shūji Terayama, as well as an online seven-day film program: “Little Nights,” “Little Love,” “Dance With Me,” “Tora- san in Goto ‘,’ Le Grand Passage ‘and’ Gon, Le Petit Renard ‘.

Japanese Film Festival 2021 Dates

October 28-November 2 – Palace Electric Cinema, National Film & Sound Archives (Canberra)
November 4-7 – Palace Raine Square (Perth)
November 11-21 – Palace Barracks, Palace James Street (Brisbane)
November 18-December 5 – The Kino Cinema, Australian Center For The Moving Image (Melbourne)
November 25-December 5 – Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Chauvel, Central, Verona (Sydney)
November 15-21 – Online

Marie A. Evans