17th Japanese Film Festival 2013 Preview: ScreenAnarchy Rounds-Up The Lesser-known Gems

Contributing Writer; Melbourne, Australia (@Kwenton)
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JFF logo japan fest twitch.jpg Have you found recent festivals in Australia desperately lacking in the Asian cinema department? You are not alone!

Earlier this year the best of new Korean cinema boosted interest and excitement at the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA).
Now the Japan Film Festival is underway and hitting Melbourne next week. This is a strong diverse festival in its very impressive 17th year.

This year we 'watch Japan unfold' as the program unveils a sprawling list of genre-centric films; mainstream commercial fare, black and white classics and harder to define festival films. These are the films that feel so exciting to discover, the hidden gems.

To get you prepared and participating we have put together a roundup of these smaller but more interesting films from the festival.

Click through the gallery below. Check out the Melbourne schedule for the festival here.

The Devil's Path

A dark and violent true story crime drama, The Devil's Path is an intense film, with shocking confessions and disturbing twists.

When journalist Shuichi receives a letter from convicted killer Junji Sudo, he is shocked to learn of further crimes Sudo has not yet confessed to. Fuji also learns that the mastermind behind each of Sudo’s brutal murders is still roaming free. Fuji slowly begins to piece together the evidence surrounding Sudo’s claims… but will it be enough to bring this underworld figure to justice?

With an excellent cast (the humble Lily Franky plays the mastermind) and traumatic premise, The Devil's Path looks to shake the genre's foundations, cannot wait to bring you the review for this one.

Check out the trailer for the film here.

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