From a glitzy murder mystery with an ensemble cast of Japanese screen stars, to a sun-drenched romance from the animation genius behind cult hit Night is Short, Walk on Girl, the Japanese Film Festival (16 October – 1 December) returns with a brand new program jam-packed with the very best in Japanese cinema.

“We’re excited to bring you the best Japanese cinema of 2019! This year’s program brings new perspectives in Japanese film, reviving the old and giving lesser-known stories a chance in the spotlight,” Japanese Film Festival Programmer Simonne Goran said. “From sensitive portrayals of modern everyday life to wild and vibrant alternate worlds, JFF 2019 celebrates the multifaceted landscape of Japanese cinema.”

As always, this year’s program features enlightening documentaries, international award winners, adaptations of beloved manga stories, and also shines a light on up-and-coming Japanese filmmakers. Each city features carefully curated programming by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

2019 Japanese Film Festival Screening Dates

16 – 20 October @ Dendy, Canberra Centre
Early bird tickets available from September 19

23 – 27 October @ Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre
Early bird tickets available from September 26

30 October – 3 November @ Event Cinemas Innaloo
Early bird tickets available from September 26

8 – 10 November @ GU Film House Adelaide
FREE! Bookings available 1 hour prior to screenings from JFF info desk at venue

14 – 24 November @ Event Cinemas George Street
Early bird tickets available from September 26

21 November – 1 December @ the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Treasury Theatre & The Capitol Theatre
Early bird tickets available from October 10

Tickets will be available at or at venue box offices.

For further details, including the full festival program, make sure to visit the Japanese Film Festival’s Official Website. You can also keep up-to-date on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.