Japanese Film Festival 2017, Starring Regional Japan

Japanese Film Festival 2017, Starring Regional Japan

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is one of the largest celebrations of Japanese cinema in the world, and it’s coming to Australia from October 6 to December 3 across all states.

Audiences will be treated to a full gamut of storytelling from drama, comedy, mystery to anime. Cinephiles rejoice, the festival will also feature a ‘Classics Program’ bringing some of Japan’s most iconic films to the big screen in 35mm glory.

Many of this year’s films have been set in spectacular locations in regional Japan. These distinct regions are characters themselves, each possessing a unique blend of charm, flavour and personality.

Here are 5 must-see films at this year’s ‘Main Program’ and the regions that play backdrop to them.

Mumon: The Land of Stealth

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© 2017 “MUMON” Film Partners

Location: Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
Screenings and bookings: Website

This year’s festival opener is full of explosive action and razor sharp comedy. Dive head first into the battle between Iga’s deadliest ninja and rival samurai forces. Director Yoshihiro Nakamura delivers a period flick that oozes with style and pop aesthetics, featuring a star-studded cast including Satoshi Ohno (of J-pop group Arashi).

Located in Mie Prefecture, Iga city is a haven for ninja fans. It is the home of ninjutsu (art of ninja) and even has its own dedicated Ninja Museum.

Discover Iga: Website

 

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Life and Death on the Shore

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Life and Death on the Shore

© 2017 Miho Shimao / Toshio Shimao / humanité Co. Ltd.

Location: Melbourne and Sydney
Screenings and bookings: Website

Who can resist a tale of forbidden romance? Life and Death on the Shore is a bittersweet love story between a teacher and a navy captain set against the backdrop of Kakeromajima in the Amami Islands during the tail end of World War II.

Situated south of Kagoshima Prefecture, the Amami Islands are best known for deep blue waters, pristine forests and some of the best diving sites in the country.

Discover Amami Islands: Website

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Rage

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Rage

© 2016 TOHO / DENTSU / JR Kikaku / K DASH / KDDI/ Yomiuri Shimbun / CHUOKORON-SHINSHA / NIPPAN / SME / GYAO / Chunichi Shimbun

Location: Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
Screenings and bookings: Website

Starring Ken Watanabe, this complex murder mystery interweaves three seemingly unrelated individuals in three different cities to tell a story about love and madness, trust and betrayal.

Among the three locations showcased in the film is Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture. The island is bursting with perpetual warm weather and succulent cuisine, and its beautiful coral reefs and rich marine life makes it one of the best diving spots around.

Discover Okinawa: Website
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Ancien and the Magic Tablet

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Ancien and the Magic Tablet

© 2017 “ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET” Film Partners


Location: Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
Screenings and bookings: Website

No Japanese film celebration would be complete without showcasing the magical world of anime. This beautifully hand-drawn film will take you on a spirited adventure through Okayama as a young girl navigates between her dreams and reality to unlock the mystery behind her present.

Okayama is one of the largest cities in the Chugoku Region. Step into a land of sunshine that’s home to one of Japan’s best-known folk tales, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and one of the three best gardens in the country, Korakuen.

Discover Okayama: Website

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Over the Fence

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Over the Fence

© 2016 “Over the Fence” Production Committee


Location: Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
Screenings and bookings: Website

 

A heartbroken man returns to his hometown of Hakodate and learns to fall in love again. Prepare to be swept off your feet by this charming and poignant love story.


Hakodate is located in Hokkaido, the northernmost region of Japan. If breathing space is what you’re after, Hokkaido offers it in spades with expansive unspoiled nature, from wild mountains to virgin forests and some of the best snow in the world.

Discover Hokkaido: Website

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