Manga series ‘Chihayafuru’ and horror film ‘Creepy’ highlight Japanese Film Festival 2016 announcement

JFF 2016 - Chihayafuru Part I

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary with a huge national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

As per previous years, JFF shines a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture. JFF starts October 14th in Sydney and concludes in Melbourne on 4th December.

Highlights of the 2016 Festival include CREEPY, the latest film from Japan’s leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) about a former detective who investigates the case of a missing family all the while obvious of the dangers close to home, CHIHAYAFURU PART I and II based on the popular manga series of the same name, and a fascinating documentary which captures the unique culture of the world’s largest seafood market, TSUKIJI WONDERLAND.

The popular JFF Classics program will also return to Sydney this year, featuring social films from post-war independent directors Tadashi Imai and Kaneto Shindo. The free program will include Imai’s BLUE MOUNTAINS, a two-part film where school teacher Yukiko, played by Setsuko Hara, attempts to introduce democracy into her classroom at a time when feudal ideologies still ran strong, and Shindo’s 1952 docudrama CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA, a heartfelt film telling the stories of children affected by the bombing incident in World War II.

JFF Program Coordinator, Margarett Cortez, said “We’ve scoured Japan for the best of both classic and modern Japanese cinema and we’re thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary with such a diverse program. From special events and classic films from the fifties on, to works by female directors and rising indie filmmakers, there really is something for everyone in this program”.

The Festival will also host a number of special event screenings, including pop culture days in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, foodie film screenings and special guest screenings.

The program is available via www.japanesefilmfestival.net

  • CANBERRA – 14 to 23 October 2016 at Capital Cinemas, Manuka
  • ADELAIDE – 21 to 30 October 2016 at at Mercury Cinema
  • BRISBANE – 26 to 30 October 2016 at Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre
  • PERTH – 2 to 6 November 2016 at Hoyts Carousel, Cannington
  • SYDNEY – 17 to 27 November 2016 at Event Cinemas George Street
  • MELBOURNE – 24 November to 4 December 2016 at Hoyts Melbourne Central & ACMI Cinemas
  • SYDNEY CLASSICS – 8 October to 6 November 2016 at Art Gallery of NSW. Free admission. Tickets are issued at the Domain Theatre one hour before.