Australia's Japanese Film Festival (JFF), the largest Japanese film festival outside of Japan, has become bigger than ever.
Now in its 18th year, the JFF will begin in mid-October in Adelaide and continue in other major Australian cities until its final stop in Melbourne in December. There will be a number of new venues, including Adelaide's Mercury Cinema, Sydney's Event Cinemas Parramatta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Fremantle's Hoyts Millennium. Especially exciting is that for the very first time, the festival will also be running in Auckland, New Zealand.
Adelaide: Mercury Cinema October 10 - 12 & 17 - 19
Canberra: Capitol Cinema, Manuka October 15 - 19
Brisbane: Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre October 22 - 26
Perth: Hoyts Carousel & Hoyts Millennium October 29 - November 2
Auckland: Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket November 6 - 12
Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales (free screenings of classic films from the Japan Foundation's 35mm collection) October 15-26 and Event Cinemas, George Street and Parramatta (main program) November 13 - 23
Melbourne: Hoyts Melbourne Central & Australian Centre for the Moving Image November 27 November - December 7
Flagship cities Sydney and Melbourne will enjoy a program comprising of over 45 films, while other cities will see screenings of over 10 of the latest feature films. In addition, the JFF will be travelling to Townsville, Cairns, Hobart and Darwin with an abridged program consisting of three films, all of which will be screened free of charge. There will also be screenings in Broome for a nominal charge.
The first films announced are Rurouni Kenshin (back by popular demand following its sold out screenings in 2012) and its hotly anticipated sequels Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends. Kyoto Inferno is already setting the Japanese box office on fire with a massive opening that marks 2014's highest so far for a domestic live-action film in Japan.
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