The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns to Perth with a line-up of the very best contemporary Japanese cinema, as part of a huge national tour.
With each city’s program carefully curated by the Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2017 Festival will present the most exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedies, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, romances, drama and much more.
The Festival will open in true Japanese style with Mumon: The Land of Stealth, an action-packed film about a deadly ninja with unmatched strength who accidentally triggers a deadly battle between a warlord’s army and the ninjas in his province. Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story) and starring Satoshi Ohno (The Locked Room), this film will have audiences on the edge of their seats.
Fans of Japanese Anime will be delighted by Katabuchi Sunao’s (Mai Mai Miracle) adaption of Kono Fumiyo’s comic IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD, a captivating and beautifully hand-drawn coming of age story set in turbulent times; and ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET, a multi-layered story of mystery and spirited adventure inspired by the sleepy but brave Okayama folk hero Momotaro, that merges a science fiction-inspired dream world with the glimmering beauty of contemporary Okayama.
Other program highlights of the 2017 Festival include “Biirds Without Names”, a visceral tale of lust, devotion and redemption from Kazuya Shiraishi (The Devil’s Path) fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival; “My Uncle”, a heartfelt comedy about a young boy who embarks on a transpacific adventure with his eccentric, free-loading uncle.