Teleport To Tokyo With A FREE Virtual Festival Dedicated To Japanese Cinema

Festivals, Film & Art, Play, Sydney / 24 January 2022

The Japanese Film Festival will return to your screens from 14-27 February with a cutting-edge program of films.

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is returning to Australian screens for its 26th year! Unlike its usual program of events pre-COVID, the festival will be hosted entirely online to ensure cinephiles don’t miss out on the fun. Get ready for a FREE virtual film festival dedicated to the best of Japanese cinema this summer.

The online film festival can be streamed across Australia from 14-27 February. Expect a range of inspiring Japanese flicks to be on display, expertly curated to suit all cinematic tastes. They’ll be thought-provoking dramas, breathtaking romance flicks, futuristic animations, mesmerizing musicals, culturally rich documentaries and so much more.

The Japanese Foundation Sydney has hosted this event annually since 1997. The organisation hopes for cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations. With the first JFF online held across five continents and 20 countries from November 2020 to March 2021, this year’s event is set to be bigger and better.

Movie highlights include Aristocrats, a humanistic drama that questions the state of contemporary life through the perspectives of two female protagonists of different backgrounds. Awake, a thrilling coming-of-age drama depicting the fateful battle between a professional shogi player and a shogi software developer. Ito, a touching drama about a shy country girl who chooses a part-time job at a “maid café”. The Chef of South Polar, a classic Japanese comedy film that follows the bittersweet and charming daily lives of a group of men living in the Antarctic, where their only joy is to eat. Time of EVE the Movie, a moving exploration of the nature of emotions seen through the lens of interactions between humans and androids. And The God of Ramen, a mouth-watering examination of the life of Kazuo Yamagishi, founder of a legendary ramen shop in Tokyo who had an immense influence on the Japanese ramen industry.

Full details

When: 14 Feb – 27 Feb 2022
Where: Steaming online in 25 countries including Australia
Tickets: Free – Register required
Find full program and register here