The Japanese Film Festival has revealed its 2018 program, beginning on October 17 and wrapping up on December 2. The festival will be showcasing 30 features and one documentary.

Each city will be exposed to a variety of genres. “With sophisticated thrillers, captivating romance, and sexuality in the censorship era, the Festival is proud to present this handpicked selection of diverse Japanese cinematic gems,” said Japanese Film Festival Programmer Alison Groves.

Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth will be kicking the festival off with romantic detective mystery ‘Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura’ whilst Sydney and Melbourne will open with action packed, viral micro-budget gender bender ‘One Cut of the Dead’.

The first two guests have also been announced. Shioli Kutsuna, who stars alongside Golden Globe nominated actress Megan Mullaly (Will and Grace) and Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour) in new film ‘Oh Lucy!’, will be attending the festival to introduce the new film and engage in audience Q and A’s. Renowned Japanese auteur Isao Yukisada will also be in attendance ahead of his latest film release, a turbulent coming-of-age drama, ‘Rivers Edge’.

Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra fans will also be treated to a free program running between September 29 and December 2 featuring works by cinematic masters from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave.

2018 Japanese Film Festival screening dates:

CANBERRA: 17 – 21 October at Dendy, Canberra Centre
Early bird tickets available now

BRISBANE: 24 – 28 October at Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre
Early bird tickets available from September 27

PERTH: 31 October – 4 November at Event Cinemas Innaloo
Early bird tickets available from September 27

ADELAIDE: 9 – 11 November at GU Film House Adelaide
Early bird tickets available from September 27

SYDNEY: 15 – 25 November at Event Cinemas George Street
Early bird tickets available from September 27

MELBOURNE: 22 November – 2 December at Melbourne Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) & Hoyts Melbourne Central
Early bird tickets available from October 11

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