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 is now the largest Japanese film festival in the world. The JFF Mini is a free, touring component of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) delivering quality contemporary Japanese cinema to regional centres across Australia.
This year they're presenting three fantastic Japanese films on August 18th, 22nd and 24th. All films are free of charge!
Bookings can be made by phone (03) 6234 6318, or in person at the State Cinema Box Office. If you are unable to attend on the day, as a courtesy, please cancel your booking in good time so others can enjoy the movie.
Click here to download the Hobart Programme
The Boy and the Beast (PG)
Thursday 18th August - 6:00pm
The Boy and the Beast is a coming-of-age action fantasy tale about Kyuta, a misfortunate, lonely boy who lives on the streets of the human realm (Tokyo’s Shibuya ward) and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast who lives in the bakemono realm (“Shibutenmachi”). These worlds must not intersect, but one day, Kyuta stumbles upon an entry to the bakemono realm. With no family to call his own in the human realm, he becomes the disciple of Kumatetsu.
Monday 22nd August - 6:00pm
High schooler Moritaka is a gifted illustrator who lacks ambition. Enter Akito, the class genius and a talented writer, who convinces Moritaka to join forces and create manga with him. Can the pair beat their rival, get the girl AND achieve their ultimate goal—become number one in the cut-throat world of manga?
The Magnificent Nine
(Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Wednesday 24th August - 6:00pm
About 240 years ago during the samurai era, in a poor town in northern Japan, the residents suffered from great poverty due to heavy taxes imposed by the feudal lord. Local merchant Juzaburo (Sadawo Abe) tries to hatch a secret plan to solve their problems. The local merchants must collect 1,000 ryo to save their town—equivalent to 300 million yen in present day Japan. But the plan must be carried out in secret or they risk execution!