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Japanese Film Festival

September 30 - November 5

The Japanese Film Festival is the premier destination for fans of Japanese cinema.

Proudly presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the festival will be gracing screens in five major cities throughout Australia, commencing in Canberra (Sept 30 – Oct 15) before making its mark in Perth (October 16-22), Brisbane (October 6-22), Melbourne (October 23 – November 5), and culminating in Sydney (October 23-31 ).

This year, the festival theme revolves around the enduring link between the past and the present.

Kicking off the festival is the buzzworthy opening night film We’re Broke, My Lord! from director Tetsu Maeda. Other highlights include Yudo: The Way of the Bath, Single8, Yokaipedia,We Made a Beautiful Bouquet, The Forbidden Play, Immersion and Natchan’s Little Secret.

Beyond the new releases, JFF 2023 also takes a retrospective journey with its free JFF Special Series, celebrating the works of filmmaker Kо̄ Nakahira, a stalwart of post-war Japanese cinema.

There will also be post-screening talks led by academics and special performances to help truly immerse audiences in the Japanese artform.

The program of events in all five major cities are:

Canberra 30 Sept – 15 OctOpening Reception: 11 October at Palace ElectricLatest Releases: 11-15 October at Palace ElectricSpecial Series: 30 Sept-1 Oct at NFSA

Perth 16-22 OctoberOpening Reception: 16 October at Palace Raine SquareLatest Releases: 16-22 October at Palace Raine Square

Brisbane 6-22 OctoberOpening Reception: 18 October at Palace BarracksLatest Releases: 18-22 October at Palace BarracksSpecial Series: 6-7-8 & 11 October at QAGOMA

Melbourne 23 October – 5 NovemberOpening Reception: 23 October at The KinoLatest Releases: 23-29 October at The Kino, Palace BalwynSpecial Series: 2-5 November at ACMI

Sydney 23-31 OctoberOpening Reception: 26 October at Palace Norton StreetLatest Releases: 26-31 October at Palace Central, Palace Norton Street, Palace VeronaSpecial Series: 23-25 October at The Chauvel


September 30
November 5
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