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FESTIVAL NEWS

 
13th December 2010
14th Japanese Film Festival wraps up in style

The Japanese Film Festival wrapped up its 14th year with more movies, more tickets, more admissions, more special events, more guests and more prizes to giveaway.

The festival attracted more than 11,500 cinephiles entering the festival doors. This is by far, the best results in festival history. Don't miss the final days in Hobart, ending this Thursday.

On behalf of the Japan Foundation, Sydney, we’d like to say a huge thankyou to all our supporters, sponsors and staff who contributed to its success. For those who have filled in surveys, winners will be announced in January. Watch this space!
 
6th December 2010
JFF14 Rolls on!

Melbourne opened with a bang last Thursday night with the sold out screening of “About Her Brother”. Yoji Yamada’s latest offering sold out all around the country and is proving to be a great festival opener. Tomorrow marks the final day of JFF14 in Melbourne, so make sure you get out and catch the festival before it’s too late.

Tonight’s screening of “Box!” marks the 60th session of JFF14, and after Tuesday the festival moves on to its final destination, Hobart. A reminder of our BUY 1 GET 1 FREE deal for “Box!”, so take advantage of this offer and introduce a friend to the wonders of Japanese cinema! You can check out what all the fuss is about for this fun film on the festival blog, or check out pieces on “Villon’s Wife” and “A Lone Scalpel”, to help you choose from the festival line-up.

As the festival starts to move to a close, we are after your valuable feedback. Remember to facebook, tweet or comment on our blog with your thoughts and experiences. Tell us what your favourite films of the festival where, what you liked or wanted more of. Let us know how we can improve your festival outing. More prizes? More guests? Different genres? Hopefully we can take all this on board and make JFF15 even bigger and better!

 
Submit your reviews and experiences on our Facebook fan page
Reply to @japanfilmfest or tag #JFF14 and we will find your tweet
Simply post a comment on our blog.
 
2nd December 2010
Sydney’s leg of the festival has ended with a bang! with record audiences of 7,700 in Sydney alone. The week-long festival screened 20 sessions all up, with four sessions selling out, and another two almost reaching full capacity.

And now finally, Melbourne, IT’S YOUR TURN. Yes Melbournians, we are here, ready and pumped for another whirlwind of celebrations and film festivity. The question is, are you ready for us?

Tickets to the opening film About Her Brother are selling fast; in fact, if you haven’t purchased your tickets already, you are highly in danger of missing out. Oh, and while we are at it, make sure you purchase tickets now to the closing film A Lone Scalpel, a must for lovers of high tension hospital dramas, starring seasoned-actor Shinichi Tsutsumi. 

You may find that you are asking yourself, “But there are so many films! Where should I begin?” As a subscriber to the Japanese Film Festival e-news, we’ll make it easier for you, ‘cos we have plenty of free tickets to giveaway.

 
Offer Details:
Box!Session: “Box!”
Date: Monday 6 December 2010
Time: 6:30pm
Offer: Buy 1 Get 1 Free

The 14th Japanese Film Festival is ON NOW for six short days only.
Don’t miss out!
 
29th November 2010

Sydney wraps up!

Sunday, 28th November saw the closing for this year’s 14th Japanese Film Festival at Events cinema, George St with a medical drama, A Lone Scalpel.
We’d like to thank all our sponsors, festival partners, event partners, media partners, friends of the festival, special guests from Japan, staff and especially to our wonderful team of volunteers who without you, our festival wouldn’t be possible.
With a record attendance of over 7,700 we were pleased to see sell out sessions of Hanamizuki, Confessions, Shodo Girls and The Summit.
Congratulations to all prize winners during the festival! We are still to draw the winners from the completed surveys, thank you for your invaluable feedback, so keep an eye on our website and social pages this announcement.

Monday 22nd November, 6pm - The red carpet was rolled out at Regent Place, Sydney, venue of the 14th Japanese Film Festival's Opening Night Gala. Lanterns, beautiful girls in yukatas, festive guests and scrumptious canapés from Azuma adorned the event, creating a perfect beginning to the festival season.
From Japan, we welcomed our special guests Tsutomu Abe (Director, Kyoto Story and Happy Family Plan), Tadao Sato (Japan's leading film critic) and Shigeki Chiba (Documentary Director and Vice President of Japan Academy of Moving Images). We also welcomed The Hon. Virginia Judge MP, NSW's Minister for the Arts and Minister for Fair Trading, and Dr Masahiro Kohara, Consul-General of Japan, who began the night with opening speeches.
To read the director of the Japan Foundation, Tokiko Kiyota’s opening speech, click here.

VIPs
Image (from left to right): Tokiko Kiyota (Director, Japan Foundation Sydney), Tadao Sato, Tsutomu Abe, Shigeki Chiba, Masafumi Konomi (Japanese Film Festival Director).
 
VIPs
(from left to right): Masafumi Konomi (Japanese Film Festival Director), The Hon. Virginia Judge MP (NSW's Minister for the Arts and Minister for Fair Trading), Wakao Koike (Deputy Director, Japan Foundation).
 
Make sure you don't miss the Japanese Film Festival in Melbourne from 2 - 7 December at ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square.
 
Tickets are on sale now, click here.
 
23rd November
Kyoto Story
Wish You Were Here
The 14th Japanese Film Festival opened with a bang last night with the

SOLD OUT screening of About Her Brother. We had the pleasure of hosting special guests Tsutomu Abe, Tadao Sato and Shigeki Chiba, all of whom will be attending the festival again tonight for the Special Double Screening and Panel Discussion of “Wish You Were Here”, “Kyoto Story”. Be a part of this interesting forum on Japanese Cinema tonight at 6:30pm!

Congratulations to all of our prize winners from last night, some chosen by lucky draw, others by a mystery hidden prize in the theatre! Share in the excitement at future sessions throughout the week, where we will have more goodies to give away. Tonight’s double screening will have a prize pool of over $250 to win, so get your tickets now!!!

Are you taking part in the fun over on the JFF Blog? It has just hit 1500 views with everything from reviews (we have covered 8 films in the line-up so far, with the latest entry from Richard Gray and his thoughts on “Feel the wind”) to fun cultural pieces (the most read page so far is by festival volunteer Ivan Tongue with “What I Like About Japan”). Post your thoughts in the blog comment section or you can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-date with all the festival happenings!

  • Facebook: Submit your reviews and experiences on our Facebook fan page
  • Twitter: Reply to @japanfilmfest or tag #JFF14

The festival is here, don’t miss out on the fun!

 
11th November 2010

The 14th Japanese Film Festival opened last night in Canberra, with the opening screening of About Her Brother SOLD OUT. Taking place at the Arc Cinema, part of the National Film and Sound Archive, this leg of the tour features some exclusive films such as Golden Slumber, Millennium Actress and Live Tape!

Sydney sales are doing extremely well also and we recommend you pre-book tickets now to avoid disappointment. Hanamizuki (Flowering Dogwood), following on from its tremendous box office performance in Japan, is nearly sold out already so get in quick to catch this romance for the ages!

Feel the Wind, which screens in 5 cities around Australia, was a crowd favourite for our Brisbane audience and comes highly recommended. Its director, Sumio Omori, became the youngest ever winner of the Kuniko Mukoda Award for screenwriting in 2000. His work on Feel the Wind has won him multiple awards for Best New Director in what is his directorial debut.

COMPETITION

For the chance to win a great Onitsuka Tiger Prize Pack, including a limited edition Onitsuka Tiger Japanese Film Festival T-Shirt, Onitsuka Tiger badge, Onitsuka Tiger lanyard, Onitsuka Tiger coaster and a double pass to either Feel the Wind (Sydney) or Box! (Melbourne), be one of the first 5 people to correctly solve the following question:

Q. Who Am I?
Hint 1: I starred in a sport themed movie in last years festival
Hint 2: I lent my voice to an animated character in this years festival
Hint 3: I once played a Cyborg that the lead actor from Feel the Wind fell in love with

If you think you know who the above refers to, please email the answer along with your name, email and contact details to [email protected].

This Competition is now closed. Look out for more giveaways in the near future!

Sydney winners: Meng Chan, Nathan Wong, Debra Tye, Dittman Shum and Susan Van
Melbourne winners: Mark Morrison, Ramon Sho, Julien Lodge, Kevin Desa and Caitlin Keating

 
26th October 2010

Sydney school screening Sold Out!

Fantastic news! We are delighted to announce that the special school screening of Shodo Girls, which takes place on Friday 26th November at the early time of 10:30am, is now SOLD OUT!!!

In what will be a tremendously fun event full of schools from around the state, this screening can unfortunately not accept any more bookings. If you are still interested in seeing this fascinating film based off a real event, then don’t fret as it repeats on Saturday 27th November at 1:00pm. Tickets for this and all other sessions at Event Cinemas go on sale this Friday 29th October so get in quick!

This sends out a warning for our Melbourne viewers to book your tickets while you can. The school screening of Shodo Girls at ACMI on Monday 6th December still has tickets available, at the low low price of $7, but is selling fast!

Finally our Brisbane fans should remember the 14th JFF heads your way this Wednesday with 3 days of FREE films, including a special screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic Ponyo, so reserve your seat today!

 
20th October 2010

The nominations are in!

Following on from Oblivion Island’s success at the Digital Content Grand Prix awards, it has just been acknowledged as one of the Best Animations of the year by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards!

The awards take place in Australia each year, at the beautiful setting of the sunny Gold Coast. This year Japanese films hold 3 of the 5 nomination positions for Best Animated Feature, proving nobody does Anime better than Japan. Don’t miss Oblivion Island, which is part of our Anime Matsuri taking place in Sydney, which will also feature the Animation Director Naoyoshi Shiotani in attendance and should be a great night out.

The nominated films from Japan are:

  • King of Thorn (Ibara no Ou)
  • Mai Mai Miracle (Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Maho)
  • Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (Hottarake no Shima - Haruka to Maho no Kagami), Screening at the 14th Japanese Film Festival in 2010.

More good news for the festival line-up, as “Wish You Were Here” has been selected as Japan’s official submission for the KODAK Worldwide Student Film competition. Produced by students from JAMI, the Japanese Academy of Moving Images, it will screen as part of our special double screening and panel discussion alongside “Kyoto Story”.  This has become a not to miss event, with the likes of Tsutomu Abe and Tadao Sato to take part in it, so keep an eye out!

Finally our Perth fans should also take note that the 14th Japanese Film Festival has kicked off in your territory and runs until the end of October. You have the chance to see Tsutomu Abe’s classic comedy “Happy Family Plan”, as well as the Oscar winning “Departures” and the Japanese Academy Award winner “Always 2”.
Entry is FREE so check out our schedule page for details. The 14th JFF is here!

 
14th October 2010

Shinsuke Sato's CGI animated feature film Oblivion Island:Haruka and the Magic Mirror has been awarded with the DCAJ Chairman Prize at the 25th Digital Content Grand Prix. The award ceremony will be held in Tokyo on October 15, 2010.

The 25th Digital Content Grand Prix, cosponsored by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ) praises those people or companies who brought such technologies, service systems, and hit digital content that helped the Japanese digital content industry grow in 2010.

Comments from the Jury: The mainstream of made-in-Hollywood American animation has consolidated around three-dimensional computer-generated images. In this context, Oblivion Island aims to establish a Japanese way to CG animation, in achallenging effort where both three- and two-dimensional expressive renderings are harmonically implemented.This effort demonstrates spirit of trial and innovation that should be regarded as an essential driving force in the evolution process of the animation industry.

Production I.G’s first 3D CGI feature film, Oblivion Island has received several recognitions so far, such as Animation of the Year at the Japan Academy Prizes, Jury Prize - Special Mention at Fantasia 2010, Special Jury Prize at SICAF 2010 (Republic of Korea), Nippon Cinema Award at the Nippon Connection Film Festival (Germany), Jury Recommended Work in the Animation Division of the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival (2009), and Visual Technology Award for the animation section of the 9th annual Video Technology Awards, sponsored by the Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan. After its international premiere in competition at Sitges 09, the movie had its North American premiere at the New York International Children Film Festival 2010. It will have its Australian Premiere at the 14th Japanese Film Festival in Sydney on November 27th as part of our Anime Matsuri special event.
 
12th October 2010

Films revealed!

The full festival line-up for the 14th Japanese Film Festival is now available to see in our films list. Tonnes of Australian Premieres still piping hot after their trip from Japan will heat up this year’s festival like never before. 

Opening the festival in both Sydney and Melbourne will be the ‘Out of Competition’ film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, “About Her Brother”. From internationally acclaimed director Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai), and starring Japan’s top comedian Tsurube Shofukutei, “About Her Brother” is an emotionally moving film about sibling bonds that is immediately identifiable. 

This year’s epic motion picture, based on a true story, is “Castle Under Fiery Skies, taking us on a behind-the-scenes tour to the blueprint of building the greatest castle of all time, Azuchi Castle. Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of writer Seicho Matsumoto, this captivating remake of “Zero Focus, an Alfred Hitchcock-esque film, sees three heroines caught in a serial murder case.

Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Osamu Dazai, “Villon’s Wifeis a period melodrama exploring a long-suffering woman’s relationship with her talented but self-destructive writer husband in post-war Tokyo. Director Kichitaro Negishi won Best Director for this film in the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival.

SPECIAL EVENT

We’ve gone all out for this highly anticipated special event that will not disappoint. In what will be a mammoth 4 hour marathon dedicated to animation, its:

ANIME MATSURI
Tokyo Marble Chocolate Oblivion Island Time of Eve Precious
 

Matsuri is Japanese for festival and will see Event Cinemas clothed in cosplayers galore! Held in cooperation with SMASH, Sydney Manga and Anime Show, the matsuri will include a feature-length anime premiere “Time of Eve”, Naoyoshi Shiotani double feature with Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirrorand Tokyo Marble Chocolate and more!

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27 September 2010

Welcome to the 14th Japanese Film Festival!

Exciting news – our festival has been recognised as one of Sydney’s top ten film festivals according to Dorling Kindersley’s Eyewitness Travel Guide. Currently sitting in sixth place, we are glad to continue our euphoric presence in Sydney’s scene for its 14th year. Thank you!

So, summer is just around the corner and we would like to invite YOU to celebrate it with us. Feast yourself on multiple shots of cultural cocktails, this season’s serve of cinematic screenings.

Bringing to you an abundance of Australian premieres, special guests and fantastic prizes to be won, the 14th Japanese Film Festival promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

Plan ahead! 2010’s Japanese Film Festival dates are:

SYDNEY
22 – 28 November Event Cinemas, George Street

MELBOURNE
2 – 7 December ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square

 
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