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Japanese Film Festival: Online
February 14 - February 27Free
The Japanese Film Festival: Online returns from February 14-27, streaming best in Japanese cinema for free.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the festival will screen 17 films nationwide including feature films and documentaries.
Aristocrats | 2020 | Director: Yukiko SodeA humanistic drama that questions the state of contemporary life through the perspectives of two female protagonists of different backgrounds. Winner of 2021 Luxembourg City Film Festival Grand Prix Prize.
AWAKE | 2020 | Director: Atsuhiro YamadaA thrilling coming-of-age drama depicting the fateful battle between a professional shogi player and a shogi software developer.
Bread of Happiness | 2012 | Director: Yukiko MishimaHeart-warming dramedy about a cafe in the middle of the great outdoors serving delicious bread and coffee to people with pain in their hearts.
Happy Flight | 2008 | Director: Shinobu YaguchiAn ensemble aviation comedy delving into the response of on-the-ground staff, cabin attendants and pilots during an emergency flight from Tokyo to Honolulu.
Her Love Boils Bathwater (JFF 2017) | 2016 | Director: Ryо̄ta NakanoFeaturing Japanese Academy Award winning performances from Rie Miyazawa and Hana Sugisaki (Pieta in the Toilet, JFF 2015), the film delves into the powerful bond between a strong-willed and deeply-loving mother and her family.
It’s A Summer Film (JFF 2021) | 2020 | Director: Sо̄shi MasumotoAn innovative coming-of-age masterpiece about a high schooler who is obsessed with old samurai films and sets out to craft her own film project.
Ito | 2021 | Director: Satoko YokohamaA touching drama about a shy country girl who chooses a part-time job at a “maid café”. Winner of the 2021 Osaka Asian Film Festival Grand Prix and Audience Award.
Masked Ward (JFF 2021) | 2020 | Director: Hisashi KimuraA tense mystery set in the eerie confines of a hospital, where a chilling psychological battle unfolds and eventually leads into a chain of surprising twists.
Mio’s Cookbook (JFF 2021) | 2020 | Director: Haruki KadokawaAn invigorating period drama exploring friendship and the art of cooking about a young chef who dreams of being reunited with her best friend.
Oz Land | 2018 | Director: Takafumi HatanoAn adventure-drama exploring the journey of a new employee assigned to an amusement park, and the fun-filled chronicles of her growing pains.
ReLIFE (JFF 2017) | 2017 | Director: Takeshi FurusawaA peculiar love story about a 27-year-old who is granted the opportunity to re-live his high school years and explore new destinies.
The Chef of South Polar (JFF 2009) | 2009 | Director: Shuichi OkitaA classic Japanese comedy film that follows the bittersweet and charming daily lives of a group of men living in the Antarctic, where their only joy is to eat.
The Floating Castle (JFF 2012) | 2012 | Director: Shinji Higuchi and Isshin Inudо̄Riveting historical spectacle about the samurai who stands up for their dignity during Japan’s civil war period.
Time of EVE the Movie (JFF 2010) | 2010 | Director: Yasuhiro YoshiuraA moving exploration of the nature of emotions seen through the lens of interactions between humans and androids.
Until the Break of Dawn | 2012 | Director: Yūichirо̄ HirakawaSpiritual drama starring award-winning Japanese actor Tо̄ri Matsuzaka (The Blood of Wolves) in a tale about the inner conflicts of those who seek contact with the dead. DOCUMENTARIES
Sumodo ~ The Successors of Samurai ~ (JFF 2021) | 2020 | Director: Eiji SakataAn eye-opening and rare behind-the-scenes exploration of the lives of famous sumo wrestlers.
The God of Ramen (JFF 2013) | 2013 | Director: Takashi InnamiA mouth-watering examination of the life of Kazuo Yamagishi, founder of a legendary ramen shop in Tokyo, who had an immense influence on the Japanese ramen industry.