Japanese Film Festival

Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival (17 Oct. – 2 Dec.) returns to Brisbane for another year, screening 16 fantastic feature films at Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre from 24 – 28 October.

The Festival kicks off in Brisbane with romantic detective mystery DESTINY: The Tale of Kamakura, touted as the live-action version of the Ghibli classic Spirited Away. An adaptation of Ryohei Saigan’s popular Kamakura Monogatari manga series by Takashi Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street), this modern fairy tale follows a writer into a netherworld of supernatural creatures to save his wife.

Programmed by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the Brisbane line-up includes: Japanese box office smash hits Color Me True and Mixed Doubles; tear-jerking true story The 8 Year Engagement; viral microbudget genre-bender One Cut of the Dead; stylish cop thriller The Blood of Wolves, set in 1980s Hiroshima at the brink of a bloody yakuza turf war; and We Make Antiques!, starring Kiichi Nakai (47 Ronin).

Also screening will be Yakiniku Dragon, featuring a star-studded cast including Jeong-eun Lee (Okja), Yoko Maki (The Grudge), and Yo Oizumi (Bread of Happiness); My Friend ‘A’, following a disillusioned journalist uncovering his colleague’s murderous past; Rainbow Days, a coming-of-age drama about four carefree teenage boys enjoying their youth; and popular Singaporean director Eric Khoo’s Ramen Shop.

Film adaptations of much-loved novels and manga series are: the last instalment of the popular Detective Kaga films, The Crimes That Bind starring soap opera royalty Nanako Matsuhima; Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter, the latest animated film from the best-selling Detective Conanmanga series; and Chihayafuru Musubi, the final film in the Chihayafuru live action trilogy.

Not to be missed is a delectable 4K restoration of iconic 1985 foodie classic Tampopo featuring the breakthrough role of Oscar-nominated actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai). Dubbed a “ramen Western,” the comedy explores the relationship between love and food through a truck driver who helps save a family’s run-down noodle shop.

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