The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is back in 2021 and here’s what’s on – The Latch

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is back in 2021 and heading towards Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for its 25 historicale year from October 28 to December 5.

The 2021 Festival schedule will screen 15 films from the most popular recently released titles, covering a diverse selection of genres ranging from action and anime, drama, documentaries and more.

To kick off the festivities, Hokusai Hajime Hashimoto’s biopic on the wild life of legendary Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai – will be displayed. The star-studded cast includes Yūya Yagira (Nobody knows), Hiroshi Abe (The crimes that bind, JFF 2018) and Min Tanaka (Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, JFF 2018).

In the drama category, award-winning films such as Under the open sky, will take viewers on a journey on a hardened ex-yakuza who sets out to find his mother, lost for thirteen years behind bars.

Meanwhile, Japan’s submission for Best International Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards, Real mothers an emotional family drama directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Naomi Kawase – is not to be missed.

King of the deer, an epic fantasy story about a world plagued by a deadly “black wolf” disease and the two survivors believed to hold the cure for the pandemic; and Chimney Town Doll, the story of a young chimney sweep who embarks on an adventure in search of the stars beyond his grimy steampunk-esque town, are also on display. Both films were recently nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival.

Meanwhile, fans of the thriller genre will appreciate Masked room, a dizzyingly tense hostage thriller based on a popular detective story; Al Amok, a technological nightmare in which benevolent medical AI malfunctions with deadly consequences; and The night beyond the tricorn window, an occult mystery following a crime-solving duo who investigate gruesome murders both human and otherworldly.

In a press release, Japanese Film Festival Director Yurika Sugie said, “To celebrate the 25e year, we are delighted to return to theaters and share the best of Japanese cinema with audiences in Perth. This year, film connoisseurs can expect a stellar selection of contemporary works, favorites from international film festivals and winners, as well as an incredible online program.

The full program is available on

2Japanese Film Festival 021 screening dates:

CANBERRA: October 28 – November 2

Palace Electric Cinema & National Film and Sound Archives

PERTH: 4 – 7 November

Place du Palais Raine

BRISBANE: November 11 – 21

Palace Barracks and James Palace Street

MELBOURNE: November 18 – December 5

Kino Cinema and the Australian Moving Pictures Center

SYDNEY: November 25 – December 5

Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Chauvel, Central, Verona

IN LINE: November 15-21

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Marie A. Evans