Japanese Film Festival 2014 Concludes, Sets Record Attendance

The 18th Japanese Film Festival has finally ended in Australia and New Zealand with applause as the event celebrates a total attendance of over 33,000 cinema goers. Additionally, the 2014 Audience Choice Award has been given to the final film in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy. The JFF program stretched across 16 cities, including Auckland, New Zealand for the first time, with 67 Japanese movies scree...

Rurouni Kenshin Director to Appear in Melbourne

The Japanese Film Festival is in full swing here in Australia, offering cinema goers a huge selection of Japanese movies, both animated and live action, to enjoy during these sweltering months. Additionally, Director Keishi Otomo is making an appearance in Melbourne. With the samurai epic Rurouni Kenshin trilogy screening during JFF, Director Otomo is holding a Q&A session on Saturday, Novembe...

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Program Revealed

The biggest Japanese Film Festival outside of Japan is set to land in Australia and Auckland this October until December. So far only the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy was confirmed to make an appearance, but now the full list of films has been revealed including a live action adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. While closing movies vary on location, the festival will kick...

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Dates, Rurouni Kenshin Sequels Confirmed

The Japanese Film Festival is said to be the largest outside of its homeland, drawing an audience of some 25,000 people last year in theatres across Australia. Although the full program of over 45 films is yet to be revealed, the two-part sequel to Rurouni Kenshin will be making an appearance as a full trilogy. Set to return for the eighteenth time, JFF will kick off mid-October in Adelaide before...

Brain Man Review

Brain Man Studio: NTV Films/Django Films Publisher: Toho Format: Cinema (Japanese Film Festival 2013) Release Date: 20th November, 2013 Overview As far as surprises go, no film at the 17th Japanese Film Festival was more of one than Brain Man, a psychological thriller epic about a murderer with a robot mentality and a sharp sense of justice. The title of the film is peculiar to say the least and d...

Daily Lives of High School Boys Movie Review

Daily Lives of High School Boys Studio: Showgate Publisher: Showgate Format: Cinema (Japanese Film Festival 2013) Release Date: 18th November, 2013 Overview Daily Lives of High School Boys is an adaptation of the popular anime and manga of the same name. The anime and manga are a wild and sometimes surreal look into the lives of high school boys, yet always underpinned with some grounding in reali...

Library Wars Review

Library Wars Studio: Toho Publisher: Toho Format: Cinema (Japanese Film Festival 2013) Release Date: 15th November, 2013 Overview Sometimes a film doesn’t have to be all that logical, sometimes being fun is enough. Such is the case with Library Wars, a live-action adaptation of Hiiro Arakawa’s high concept action-romance novel of the same name (which has also spawned a manga and anime)...

Japanese Film Festival 2013 Line Up Listed

The Japan Foundation has revealed its extensive line up for the Japanese Film Festival this year, with major hits like Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods and the Gatchaman live-action movie set to land in Australian cities. Check out the huge list below and click on each title for more details and screening information. Blindly in Love Thermae Romae Reunion Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods Gatcham...

Madman Acquires Dragonball Z: Battle of the Gods

Madman is proud to announce the acquisition of the latest addition to the beloved Dragonball Z franchise: Dragonball Z: Battle of the Gods. The first theatrical release for Dragonball Z in 17 years, it is the first film to be considered canon to the original manga, due to Akira Toriyama’s heavy involvement. When Birus, The God of Destruction awakes from a long slumber, he learns of the defea...

DBZ: Battle of Gods to Screen at Japanese Film Festival

The 17th Japanese Film Festival is running across Australia over the coming months and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, previously only shown in Japan and a few other special events in Latin America is one of the headline acts! It will also be one of the first times Battle of Gods will be shown with official English subtitles. This is exciting for the news for the film festival as it also marks the ...

Space Brothers Movie Review

Space Brothers Studio: Toho Publisher: Japan Foundation Format: Cinema (Japanese Film Festival) Release Date: Sydney – November 20, 2012, Melbourne – December 6, 2012 Price: $17 – (Buy Here) Overview: Dreams, beliefs, faith and love are all powerful things. These powerful and at times magical things are the foundations of Space Brothers a live-action film adaptation of the popula...

K-On! Movie Review

K-On! Movie Studio: KyoAni Publisher: Japan Foundation Format: Cinema (Japanese Film Festival) Release Date: Sydney – November 17, 2012, Melbourne – December 8, 2013 Price: $17 (Buy Here) Overview K-On! Movie follows the band Ho-Kago Tea Time’s final few weeks as a part of the Highschool music club before they finish their tenure at the school and move into University. As a premi...

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