THE JAPANESE Film Festival is coming to Canberra, with an impressive programme of 18 films, beginning at 8pm tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30, with director Yuya Ishii’s comedy, “The Great Passage,” selected as Japan’s official Oscar selection in the foreign-language film category.Based on a best-selling novel of the same name, the film takes us into the world of nerdy, socially inept Majime, the new editor of what is to become Japan’s newest dictionary.
The festival started in 1997 with just three free film screenings and last year celebrated its 16th year with an estimated attendance of approximately 20,000, making it one of the largest Japanese film festivals outside Japan.
This year, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth have been added to Sydney and Melbourne.
The Japanese Film Festival is presented by the Japan Foundation in Sydney, with the assistance of the Embassy of Japan and the consulates-general of Japan.
Wednesday October 30: “The Great Passage”
Thursday October 31: “Lightning,” “Hospitality Department,” “The Grandmaster,” and “Library Wars.”
Friday November 1: “The Life and Times of Ichi The Masseur,” “Thermae Romae,” “Elegant Beat,” “The Complex,”.
Saturday, November 2: “Reunion,” “Children Hand in Hand,” “A Boy Called H,” “Blindly in Love,” “Gatchaman,” “Real.”
Sunday, November 3: “The Great Passage,” “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,” “The God of Ramen,” and “Fruits of Faith.”
The Japanese Film Festival, Capitol Cinema Manuka, 6 Franklin Street, Manuka, October 30–November 3. For all program details, visit japanesefilmfestival.net Tickets are available prior to each session until sold out, or bookings to eventcinemas.com.au