20th Japanese Film Festival Opens This Month

20th Japanese Film Festival Opens This Month

The 20th annual Japanese Film Festival will run from 21 – 30 October exclusively at the Mercury Cinema in the city, showcasing 10 films across multiple genre.

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The Japanese Film Festival returns this month for its 20th anniversary with a huge national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture.

With each city’s program carefully curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2016 Festival will present exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedy, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance and much more.

The 10 films in the Adelaide season include horror, children’s animation, comedy, a documentary and more. Highlights include:

Creepy, the latest film from Japan’s leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa about a former detective who investigates the case of a missing family all the while obvious of the dangers close to home.

Chihayafuru Part I and Chihayafuru Part II, based on the popular manga series of the same name.

Tsukiji Wonderland, a fascinating documentary which captures the unique culture of the world’s largest seafood market.

Program Coordinator, Margarett Cortez, said “We’ve scoured Japan for the best of both classic and modern Japanese cinema and we’re thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary with such a diverse program. From special events and classic films from the fifties on, to works by female directors and rising indie filmmakers, there really is something for everyone in this program”.

The 20th annual Japanese Film Festival will run from 21 – 30 October exclusively at the Mercury Cinema in the city. All films screen with English subtitles and most will screen only once. Tickets are on sale now from the Japanese Film Festival website and the Mercury Cinema.

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