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Sydney & Melbourne

Special Guests


Sydney Exclusive

RIVER’S EDGE, Tuesday 20 November 2018, 6pm

Join award-winning auteur Isao Yukisada for a post-film Q&A on RIVER’S EDGE at JFF Sydney.

Director Isao Yukisada has delivered some of the most iconic films in contemporary Japanese cinema, including GO, SPRING SNOW, and CRYING OUT LOVE, IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD – which was partly filmed in Uluru. His newest film RIVER’S EDGE is a gritty and nuanced coming-of-age drama set in the outskirts of 1990’s Tokyo.



Sydney Exclusive

OH LUCY!, Sunday 25 November 2018, 6.30pm

New generation talent Shioli Kutsuna will deliver a Q&A on her latest role in OH LUCY! for the closing session of JFF Sydney.

Australian-born Japanese actor Shioli Kutsuna (Kiseki, Neko Atsume House; JFF 2017) has recently been taking the world stage by storm. Her first major international breakthrough was in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, followed by Wayne Wang’s While the Women Are Sleeping. She has also appeared in Deadpool 2 and The Outsider.


Director Kosai Sekine

Melbourne Exclusive

LOVE AT LEAST, Saturday 24 November 2018, 5.30pm

Hear from young director Kosai Sekine on his celebrated debut feature, LOVE AT LEAST, at JFF Melbourne.

With a Raindance nomination and critical acclaim, Director Kosai Sekine’s modern romance sensitively addresses the complex intersection of mental health and relationships.

Sekine is the prize-winning commercial director behind some of the most iconic Nike, Shiseido and Uniqlo short film campaigns.


Ade / Can / Bris / Mel / Per / Syd

JFF Main Program

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

Visit the venues page for schedules per city.

Canberra 17-21 Oct 2018
Brisbane 24-28 Oct 2018
Perth 31 Oct-4 Nov 2018
Adelaide 9-11 Nov 2018
Sydney 15-25 Nov 2018
Melbourne 22 Nov-2 Dec 2018


Across Australia

JFF Regional Program

The JFF Regional program shares Japanese cinema culture with audiences in regional and small cities across Australia. From family-friendly anime to comedy classics, JFF Regional brings a taste of Japan to ten cities.

Free screenings in small or regional cities. Visit the venues page for more details.

Alice Springs 14-15 Sept 2018
Bunbury 25-27 Oct 2018
Cairns 11 Nov 2018
Darwin 19-20 Oct 2018
Dubbo 24-25 Nov 2018
Gold Coast 1 Dec 2018
Hobart 15, 20, 23 Aug 2018
Newcastle 21-23 Sept 2018
Townsville 18 Nov 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.

Free screenings of 16/35mm print films. Visit the venues page for more details.

Canberra (National Film & Sound Archive) 29-30 Sept 2018
Sydney (Art Gallery of NSW) 3-31 Oct 2018
Melbourne (ACMI) 22 Nov-2 Dec 2018

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