The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is presented and run by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and is now an established calendar event. The JFF started in 1997 with three free film screenings in Sydney and has expanded to 10+ cities. The JFF Mini is a touring component of JFF delivering quality contemporary Japanese cinema to regional centres across Australia.
This year, the festival presents three films in Cairns on Sunday, February 25.
– In Japanese with English subtitles unless otherwise stated.
1. MOHICAN COMES HOME
Sporting a mohawk, Eikichi returns home to announce his engagement to his Tokyoite girlfriend. His conservative dad Osamu is outraged but secretly delighted at the news. The village celebrates Eikichi’s homecoming, but not long after, Osamu is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The events that follow are a blend of hilarity and tragedy as father and son patch up old wounds through a shared love for music.
2016 / Comedy / 124mins
Rating: Recommended for 12+
2. TSUKIJI WONDERLAND
A unique documentary offering an insider’s view to the intricate relationship between fishermen, wholesalers, and professional chefs in the world’s largest fish market in Tokyo. While not addressing the sustainability aspects in the industry, the documentary focuses instead on the complex human ecology of Tsukiji, its landmark legacy on Japanese food culture, and undisputed world-class reputation among chefs.
2016 / Documentary / 110mins/In English and Japanese with English subtitles.
Rating: All ages
3. YOUR NAME
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?
2016 / Anime / 107mins / Rating: PG
Cairns Central Shopping Centre
McLeod St & Spence St
Cairns City QLD 4870 [ADMISSION] Free; first-come, first-served. [ENQUIRIES] email@example.com
Australia Japan Society – Far North Queensland