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Australia's Japanese Film Festival Director Konomi Masafumi Leaves The JFF

Konomi Masafumi, director of the Japanese Film Festival in Australia for the past 18 years, has announced that he will be leaving the Japan Foundation, Sydney (organizer of Australia's JFF) later this month. Mr Konomi directed the very first Japanese...

Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: TOKYO REFUGEES Clumsily Critiques Contemporary Japan

Director Kiyoshi Sasabe (My SO Has Depression) is no stranger to dark narratives, and his latest, Tokyo Refugees, could be his darkest yet. Based on the many seedy and sad things you may have heard about Tokyo, the film aims to...

Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS Caps An Explosive Trilogy

By this stage, the humble tale of the first film and the bombastic masterfully shot darkness of the second film should prepare you for what is in store in Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Namely, a lot of exposition, happenstance...

Japan Film Festival 2014 Interview: Director Keishi Otomo On The KENSHIN Trilogy

The Kenshin trilogy played in Melbourne at the Japan Film Festival on the weekend.These glorious action spectacles enamored a sold out crowd with back-to-back screenings. The fan power was in full force and all three films equally impressed.Here are...

Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: LADY MAIKO Is A Languidly Lyrical Linguistic Lark

A loose remake of the hit 1964 Broadway musical My Fair Lady, Lady Maiko (also a musical) takes the basic premise of genteel sensibility and applies it to the contemporary realm of traditional Kyoto geisha and maiko (those in...

Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: JUDGE! Scores No Points

Judge! is a satirical look into the Japanese advertising scene, which, anyone should know is a bizarre industry given the output of truly surreal commercials that are churned out daily. The film starts off promising with an over-the-top shoot...

Japanese Film Festival In Sydney Announces Suo Masayuki And Kamishiraishi Mone As Special Guests

Australia's Japanese Film Festival, now in its 18th year, has just announced its special guests for the Sydney leg of the program this year. They are Suo Masayuki, director of such Japanese classics as Sumo Do, Sumo Don't and Shall...

Hey Australia! Get Ready For The Best Ever Japanese Film Festival In Its 18-Year History

This year, Australia's Japanese Film Festival is not only massive in terms of number of screening locations (which include Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Christchurch, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Townsville and Wellington), but also the quantity and quality...