JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

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The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns to Canberra with a line-up of the very best of fresh and classic Japanese cinema, as part of a huge national tour.

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The Festival will open in true Japanese style with MUMON: THE LAND OF STEALTH, an action-packed film about a deadly ninja with unmatched strength who accidentally triggers a deadly battle between a warlord’s army and the ninjas in his province. Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story) and starring Satoshi Ohno (The Locked Room), this film will have audiences on the edge of their seats. Other program highlights of the 2017 Festival include BIRDS WITHOUT NAMES, a visceral tale of lust, devotion and redemption from Kazuya Shiraishi (The Devil’s Path) fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival; MY UNCLE, a heartfelt comedy about a young boy who embarks on a transpacific adventure with his eccentric, free-loading uncle; and A DOUBLE LIFE, a poignant drama from first-time feature film director Yoshiyuki Kishi, which was nominated for Best Director and Best Actress at London’s Raindance Film Festival in 2016. For the first time the Festival will also include a short film program with screenings of WE’RE SHOOTING A MOVIE, DAD’S WEDDING and HIGH HEELS – A FAIRY TALE BORN OF OBSESSION, and the popular JFF Classics program will pay tribute to the late director Seijun Suzuki who earned a cult following for his avant-garde films and who has been called an inspiration by many contemporary directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch. The Festival will also host a number of special event screenings and special guest Q&A screenings in select cities. The program is available via www.japanesefilmfestival.net