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10 February 12
Thank you to all audiences members who filled in our 15th JFF survey!

We have drawn our lucky winners.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Major Prize Winners, who receive a dinner for two to Nobu's or Azuma's, 15 DVD collection from Madman and a fantastic Onitsuka Prize Pack, all valued at $840! The lucky winners were Ms N. Hana (Sydney) and Ms Y. Nakagawa (Melbourne).

We've always drawn our runners up who received an Onitsuka Tiger voucher valued at $180! Congratulations to K.Cox, T. Argent, J. Waalce, Mr Aellig and K. Gibson from Sydney From Melbourne, A. Chung, C. Nandlal, F. Agius, A.Li, K. Madi. See you later this year for your 16th festival!
14 December 11
After a total of 109 screenings over the 49 days, the Festival is ecstatic to have attracted an audience just shy of 20,000 nation-wide – a phenomenal result!

Festival Director, Masafumi Konomi said, “Film can bring hope by illustrating a bright future by inspiring us all - bringing us all together under one roof in hope for a new beginning. With the festival, we have managed to continue doing positive things, bringing happiness in a time of struggle. Thank you all for your kind support of the 15th Japanese Film Festival. It has been a great pleasure to be able to showcase our films here and according to attendance figures, it was a great success. We look forward to bringing an even better film festival next year.”

Our ‘Finding Hope through Films’ screenings in Sydney and Melbourne raised $497.00 in donations for Save the Children. The raised funds will support children in affected areas to resume everyday life activities such as initiating a school-based psychosocial support program for children, their parents and other childcare providers; child protection support and supplying children with school-related materials.

16th Japanese Film Festival

A sneak peak into the program for 2012 – Always: Sunset on Third Street 3, the third in the series by Takashi Yamazaki, will be one of the films screening in the festival next year. Always: Sunset on Third Street 1, which screened in JFF ’06, won countless awards in Japan, including Japan’s Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

 
7 December 2011
It's a wrap! The 15th Japanese Film Festival concludes for 2011!

We wish to thank all our audience supporters, reviewers, sponsors, volunteers, staff and everyone involved for contributing to a fantastic year of Japanese cinema. It was definitely a ride to remember! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We are currently compiling the data from all the valuable feedback you gave us so we can take into account your thoughts for the festival next year. Stay tuned as we will be drawing one lucky winner very soon! To recap the wonderful memories of JFF15, please visit our facebook gallery. Feel free to comment, contribute and 'like' away! :)
 
5 December 2011

Two more days to go in our 2011 festival program. Gee the time has flown!
Read what The Reel Bits has to say about Space Battleship Yamato.

 
2 December 2011

Calling sci-fi action geeks and anyone else who gets their kicks from lots of slick black bodysuits on the big screen: don’t miss tonight’s back-to-back screenings of Gantz and Gantz: Perfect Answer @ ACMI, 6pm & 8.30pm!

And if wacky comedy is more your style, we heartily recommend A Honeymoon in Hell @ Hoyts, 6.30pm. This flick is an ideal launch pad to catapult your brain out of hum-drum working week mode and into a parallel weekend universe where anything is possible!! A stellar supporting cast and otherworldly set locations (see our map!) send the quirkiness rating off the scale…

Happy Friday!
 
1 December 2011
MelbourneJFF Underway in Melbourne!!

The Melbourne leg of the JFF got underway on Tuesday night with a sell-out opening screening of A Ghost of A Chance. (See our pic of Festival Director Masafumi Konomi addressing a full house at ACMI on opening night.)

Thanks, Melbourne, for turning out in force to support the 15th anniversary JFF – we love you too!!

We have a sterling line-up screening every night of the week between now and next Tuesday, so check out our schedule, text your friends, and grab your fix of Japanese cinema while you can!!!

Don’t miss the FREE Melbourne-only screenings of classic flicks from director Kenji Misumi. Still three more to go!!
 
28 November 2011

So Sydney is over for another year (thankyou Sydney- its been an awesome year!) but the JFF is not over yet... we head to Melbourne tomorrow for a massive 8-day film fest of Japanese cinema, including five free screenings of Kenji Misumi's.

We already have SOLD OUT sessions to opening night film, A Ghost of a Chance and Arrietty. Melbournians, get your tickets quick to avoid disappointment!

Also, don't forget the special event, 'Finding Hope through Films' showing this Wednesday at Hoyts Melbourne Central. Here's a quick pic of the night in Sydney on Sunday with our Japan guests.

Meanwhile, The Reel Bits have been continuing in their coverage of our JFF with In His Chart, Fallen Angel and Rebirth available now.

 
25 November 2011

We’re gearing up for an explosive Friday night of film with Space Battleship Yamato and the inimitable Milocrorze. What better way to spend a rainy Friday! See you in the dry & cozy cinemas ;)

Psst…check out our new special guest staff pick!! 
 
24 November 2011
Only four more days to catch the JFF while it’s still in Sydney, so if you haven’t made plans yet, be quick!!
Don’t forget, we also have a few more special events in store with our “Finding Hope Through Films” screenings, coming up in Sydney on Nov 27 and Melbourne on Nov 30. Hope to see you there!

Want to know the JFF director’s insider tips for this year’s program? Check out his and other picks on our newly updated Staff Picks page.
 
23 November 2011
While things are happening here in Sydney, latest news from Melbourne is that A Ghost of a Chance is SOLD OUT! Not long to go until the Melbourne leg begins so make sure you pre-book tickets now!

Check out the latest reviews from our reviewers:
Twitch takes a look at Shinsan: a Serenade in a Coalmine Town while The Reel Bits powers on with Star Watching Dog, Patisserie: Coin de Rue, Gantz: Perfect Answer and A Honeymoon in Hell.
 
22 November 2011

Takenouchi YutakaAn epidemic had occurred over the weekend. Sydneysiders (mainly female) seemed to have been diagnosed with a strange case of Yutaka Takenouchi fever.
Think two sold out sessions (Oba, the Last Samurai and A Honeymoon in Hell: Mr & Mrs Oki’s Fabulous Trip) packed with excited fans – Event Cinemas was in hysterics!

Log onto our facebook page for official photos (coming soon!) Meanwhile, here's a sneak peak

Photo: Yuka Yamaguchi

 
21 November 2011
SYDNEY - Arrietty SOLD OUT!

The Reel Bits is one fire with reviews of our opening night film A Ghost of a Chance and Princess Toyotomi.
 
17 November 2011
JFF Sydney Kicks Off Today!!!!

We’re sure you’ve all been looking forward to today as much as we have – and now it’s finally here! At last, the Sydney JFFs open tonight with the hilarious courtroom comedy, A Ghost of a Chance. Yay!! It’s on!!

From now until Nov 27, get ready to catch all the fabulous flicks and events in store for you in this year’s program. How many films can you squeeze into your calendar? Physical challenge!!

(Tell us what you’re going to see: http://www.facebook.com/#!/japanesefilmfest)

Also, check out our new staff picks page for a few word-of-mouth recommendations!
 
16 November 2011
JFF Sydney starts tomorrow with our Opening Film 'A Ghost of a Chance'. See you there!
 
15 November 2011
Japanese Film Festival Preview by Music Feeds.
 
Geek of Oz continues its mission with reviews on Gantz and Gantz: Perfect Answer.
 
14 November 2011
Not long until the 10-day long festival hits Sydney... and already we have TWO SOLD OUT sessions before we start on Thursday!

Festival reviewers Geek of Oz looks into Ninja Kids!!! for us.

The Reel Bits gets ready for Koki Mitani's mini retrospective with reviews on The Magic Hour and Suite Dreams.
 
SYDNEY - Honeymoon in Hell: Mr & Mrs Oki's Fabulous Trip  SOLD OUT!
 
Announcing our “Travel by Film” interactive map!
Guess what? It’s 11/11/11 today! It feels auspicious, so that’s why we chose 11am today to launch our new interactive map!
Take a virtual trip through Japan and check out the set locations for this year’s JFF films.
You’ve seen the teasers in our printed program - now it’s up and running, so get ready to “Travel by Film”!!

 
10 November 2011
We are pleased to announce that Andrew Cornell, associate editor, senior writer, columnist and former Japan correspondent for the Australian Financial Review, will join us as Moderator for the 'finding hope through films' panel discussion in Sydney and Melbourne, immediately following the screening of The Town’s Children. Cornell is a multi-award winning journalist, most recently of the 2010 Walkey Award, for commentary and analysis.

Special guests from Japan on the panel are Hirotaka Matsune (Cinematographer, Yamakoshi: the Recovery of a Tiny Japanese Village), Tsuyoshi Inoue (Director, The Town’s Children) and Mitsuhiro Kyota (Producer, The Town’s Children) who will be speaking about their experiences in creating films that advocate for disaster-affected communities.

Read The Reel Bits review on The Town's Children

 
8 November 2011
Canberra joins the film festivity starting tomorrow.
If you haven't purchased tickets already, head to Canberra Ticketing now.

Latest news from Sydney sales is that Oba, the Last Samurai is now SOLD OUT.

Staying with Sydney, the Japan Foundation Gallery will open its doors to exhibit movie posters and pamphlets of films shown at the Japanese Film Festival for the past 15 years (and maybe a few other surprises).
Come for a trip down memory lane! The exhibition runs from 9 November until 9 December, 11am to 4pm.
www.jpf.org.au
 
Message to the Festival
Especially given all that’s happened this year, we’re extremely honoured to have received messages of support and encouragement for our 15th JFF from so many prominent figures. They’re in our printed program, but because we’re so proud, we’ve decided to put them on our website too. Do you have a message for the festival this year? Keep your eye out for our “Messages to the Festival” page, coming soon!
 
PM Ambassador Mayor Mayor
Julia Gillard
Prime Minister
Shigekazu Sato
Ambassador of Japan
Clover Moore MP
Lord Mayor of Sydney
Robert Doyle
Lord Mayor of Melbourne
 
7 November 2011
More reviews from The Reel Bits - Shinsan: a Serenade in a Coalmine Town and Oba, the Last Samurai.
Get in quick for Oba, the Last Samurai - the last we checked there are only 15 tickets remaining!!
 
4 November 2011
Our lovely volunteers pose for our stylish limited edition 15th JFF tees!!

The Reel Bits review on Ninja Kids!!!
 
2 November
Melbourne tickets on sale now!

The Reel Bits review on Arrietty.
 
31st October
More reviews from Geek of Oz!
Space Battleship Yamato and Buddha: The Great Departure.
 
28th October
Read Reviews Geek Of Oz: Arrietty
 
24 October 2011

12 of the films appearing in this year's program are in the top 20 of the Japanese Box Office for 2011!
Coming in at...

#3 is Gantz
#6 Gantz: Perfect Answer
#10 In His Chart
#11 Princess Toyotomi
#12 Peak: the Rescuers
#13 Oba, the Last Samurai
#18 Rebirth
Source: http://www.eiga-ranking.com/japan/yearly/domestic/2011/

And just out of interest, 2010 Box Office Hits were...

#1 Arrietty
#4 Space Battleship Yamato
#6 Confessions (JFF14)
#12 Hanamizuki (JFF14)
#13 The Lady Shogun and Her Men
#15 Villain
#16 About Her Brother (JFF14)
#22 Abacus and Sword
Source: http://www.eiga-ranking.com/japan/yearly/domestic/2010/

Bring it on!!
 
20 October 2011
Sydney tickets on sale now!
 
Introducing…. JFF’s Reviewers!

So far this year, three writers have signed up to be the festival reviewers, and we would like to take the opportunity to introduce them here.

Firstly, we have Richard Gray, Editor of the DVD Bits and The Reel Bits websites. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, as well as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Richard can be heard weekly on the Geek Actually and Film Actually podcasts on GeekActually.com. Richard saw and reviewed 18 films at the JFF in Sydney last year. Let’s see if he can top that impressive record this year!

Next up, we have Ryan from Geekofoz.com. From a young age, Ryan has been enthralled with the likes of Speed Racer, Astro Boy and Godzilla. Even now, as a man-child, he spends his time watching animation and reading manga before posting reviews on his site in the hopes of spreading appreciation for Japanese pop culture. He isn't a mystery or some enigmatic figure, just a guy with a love for Japan, its people and culture.

Last, but not least, we have– Hugo Ozman. He writes for Twitchfilm.com. He’s passionate about cinema, in particular 3 genres that all start with the letter ‘a’: Asian, Action & Animation.

As new reviews come out we’ll be posting links to them from each film synopsis. Go to your film of choice and see what others have to say about it!

18 October, 2011
Yutaka TakenouchiHave you heard the news? Yutaka Takenouchi is coming to Sydney!

Here to promote his latest film Oba, the Last Samurai, Director Hideyuki Hirayama (fans might recognise his work from last year's Sword of Desperation and his award-winning Begging for Love) will accompany him in this premiere screening with a Q&A time following. Ladies and gentlemen – breath – for this is your chance to get up close and personal with a Japanese superstar!

To see other guests appearing in Sydney, visit our Special Events Sydney page.
 
12 October 2011
Sydney Schedule now updated. Tickets on sale 20th October!
7 October 2011
Festival Director Konomi Masafumi gives us a ONE-FIVE to mark our 15th year.

Come and join us by submitting your ONE-FIVEs on our facebook page.
6 October 2011
The official 15th Japanese Film Festival program for 2011 is now released!
Head to our Film List now and select your capital city to see the titles showing this year.
23 September 2011

Like our new look?

To celebrate our 15th year, Delby Yeung, this year’s Graphic Designer and Assistant Coordinator, has created a new look for us to mark the special occasion. Check out the hands!! This will be the film festival’s official hand gesture for 2011; so get out your left index finger and right hand now and show us a ONE - FIVE (yes, we are serious!). Now take a pic, and post it onto our facebook page for everyone to see. The most creative picture will win an exclusive Opening Night ticket for two to the party of the year – the opening of the JFF in Sydney/ Melbourne!

Festival Guests Announced!

It’s with great pleasure to say that since it’s the 15th anniversary of our festival, we’re bringing not one, not two, but FIVE special guests from Japan (ranging from directors, producers, cinematographers and actors – yes actors (hint!). This is only the first announcement, so there is more to come! To find out who the talent are to grace our festival this year, click here.

21 September 2011
Adelaide finishes for the year, next stop… Perth!

That’s right; the weekend just past saw Adelaide’s leg of the film festival come to a close with three sold out screenings.
We would like to give a massive shout-out to our Adelaide audience, OzAsia Festival and Mercury Cinema for making our first ever appearance in Adelaide happen! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Next stop… Perth! Coming to you September 29th.

9 September 2011
Times and screening schedule for Brisbane released!
6 September 2011

HOBART dates announced: 16 - 19 October 2011

Adelaide Kicks Off Today!!
Curtains open tonight for the Adelaide instalment of the Japanese Film Festival, a part of this year’s OzAsia Festival. Look out for the chance to catch cult hit Confessions and romantic drama Hanamizuki, both of which drew sell-out crowds at the Sydney JFF last year. Screening September 6 -17 at Mercury Cinema - make sure you don't miss out!

8 August 2011

Dates announced for Canberra, Brisbane and Perth!

PERTH: 29 September - 7 October 2011
BRISBANE: 1 - 4 November 2011
CANBERRA: 9 - 20 November 2011

Only Hobart to go.....stay tuned!

1 July 2011

It all begins from 3 – 17 September in ADELAIDE!!

That’s right. The JFF is coming to Adelaide as a part of this year’s OzAsia Festival featuring six Australian premieres that will also appear in the Sydney & Melbourne program. Click here for a sneak peak!

Sydney and Melbourne dates announced:

SYDNEY: 17 to 27 November 2011
MELBOURNE: 29 November to 6 December 2011

Our 15th year is going to be big. Consider yourself warned.

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