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Full Program

JFF Classics 2018


Japanese Film Festival presents a classic film program of works adapted from novels by celebrated authors such as Junichiro Tanizaki and Kyoka Izumi. Directed by cinematic masters from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave, these films depict passion and obsession in varying shades of eroticism ranging from melodramatic romance to fraught love affairs. Beneath the drama, these films also offer us glimpses into different faces of Japan throughout the decades – from star-crossed lovers divided by class in the Meiji era to early feminists swimming against the tide of society.

The full program will screen at Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney) while an abridged program will screen at National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA, Canberra) and ACMI (Melbourne). The NFSA program is under the title of Alternative Women and will focus on alternative portrayals of females in Japanese cinema.

JFF 2018

Festival Dates

It’s never too early to make plans. Pencil us in for some quality time with Japanese films. We’re coming back for a 22nd season with our most diverse selection yet. From #cult indie to international favourites, from questionable films to intriguing titles.

Ticket on sale dates are indicated in red.

JFF Main

Canberra 17-21 Oct (20 Sept)
Brisbane 24-28 Oct (27 Sept)
Perth 31 Oct-4 Nov (27 Sept)
Adelaide 9-11 Nov (27 Sept)
Sydney 15-25 Nov (27 Sept)
Melbourne 22 Nov-2 Dec (11 Oct)

JFF Classics

Free screenings. Visit the venues page for more details.

Canberra (National Film & Sound Archive) 29-30 Sept
Sydney (Art Gallery of NSW) 3-31 Oct
Melbourne (ACMI) 22 Nov-2 Dec)

JFF Regional
Dates to be updated

Free screenings. Visit the venues page for more details.

Alice Springs (as part of Desert Festival, 14-15 Sept)
Bunbury (25-27 Oct)
Darwin (19-20 Oct)
Gold Coast
Hobart (15, 20, 23 Aug)
Newcastle (21-23 Sept)

Special Screenings

JFF Fringe

Did you miss out on the last JFF, or simply love Japanese cinema? Enjoy Japanese films on the big screen with new JFF Fringe special screenings! Available in Sydney and Brisbane only, JFF Fringe is a series of monthly Japanese film screenings from May to August 2018. The program will feature box office hits from the past years, including the Australian Premiere of fantasy period drama Honnouji Hotel. Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and Event Cinemas.

Wednesday May 30 – Gintama
Monday June 27 – Honnouji Hotel
Tuesday July 30 – In This Corner of the World
Wednesday Aug 29 – The Long Excuse


Staff Picks

fringe Program