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JFF Main Program

Every year, the JFF team showcases the best of Japanese cinema, combining international film festival favourites, huge Japanese box office hits and little-known indie gems. This 2018, we’re also celebrating our most diverse program yet, with casts and characters from all walks of life.

When you join us in the cinema this year, you might see a half-Japanese man piecing together his cultural identity, a Korean-Japanese family weathering life’s challenges in postwar Japan, or an actress-turned-housewife who finds her second chance in the spotlight, thanks to a zombie film. No matter which films you pick, you’re sure to meet interesting characters at JFF 2018!

Canberra / Sydney / Melbourne

JFF Classics Program


Japanese Film Festival 2018 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)

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