In 2017, more than 27,000 moviegoers attended JFF screenings nationally, enjoying feature films direct from Japan, including cult, anime, drama, documentary and much more. With a carefully curated selection of films in each city, the 2018 Festival program will feature special international guests, special school screenings and a free 35 millimetre classic film program. Japanese Film Festival Program Coordinator Alison Groves says the 2018 program depicts passion and obsession in varying shades of eroticism, ranging from melodramatic romance to fraught love affairs.
One of the highlights from this years show includes The Pornographers, Cannes Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Shohei Imamura’s darkly comical portrayal of a pornographer hustling to keep his business alive amidst Japan’s post-war economic boom; and Japanese auteur Seijun Suzuki’s multi-award-winner Kagero-za, an adaptation of Kyoka Izumi’s story of a playwright who meets a beautiful woman he suspects is the ghost of his patron’s deceased wife. Other films will include; Nihonbashi, Okoto and Sasuke, Manji: The Goddess of Mercy, Kagero-za (Heat Haze Theatre), A Geisha, Juvenile Jungle (Crazed Fruit), andThe Affair.
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