Art & Design

   

The 16th Japanese Film Festival

Posted by

<
>

The Japanese Film Festival opens in Melbourne this week, showcasing the best of that nation’s cinema.

Now in its 16th year, the festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings under the oversight of festival director Masafumi Konomi, who I caught up with recently. Konomi has been involved with the festival since its initial incarnation as an initiative of the government funded Japan Foundation in Sydney.

“We thought it was the best way to introduce Japanese culture, since obviously film is one of the most effective tools to do this,” he explains.

The festival has since developed into a distinct entity in its own right, touring the country each year to exhibit programs in major cities across Australia. Konomi believes that the festival fills a void left by distributors and other festivals in Australia, who tend to limit themselves to the few prestige Japanese films that feature on the international festival circuit. “I want to show the diversity of the Japanese cinema, which is one of our main aims.”

Exclusively for the Melbourne leg of the festival, the program includes a retrospective on legendary Japanese director Yasuzo Masumura, to be held at ACMI. Notably, these screenings will be free to the public, with tickets available on the day until sold out.

Asked to select some favourites from this year’s festival, Konomi nominated the comedy Key of Life, directed by Kenji Uchida, who will be present as a special guest at the Melbourne screening. He also highlighted The Kirishima Thing, an high school drama which posses a unique take on the genre, mentioning that he was very curious to hear people’s opinion about this film from the Western point of view.

Konomi hopes that the festival’s growing popularity will enable his team to program more diverse films going forward, and eventually expand its reach into regional Australia.

The 16th Japanese Film Festival runs from the 29th November to 9th December.
For more information and tickets visit japanesefilmfestival.net.


Entertainment

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/03/23/melbourne-queer-film-festival/

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Dare to be proudly different this weekend and enjoy a flick!

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/03/21/land-of-mine/

Land of Mine

Milk Bar Mag reviewed Land of Mine, a heartbreakingly powerful film at the tail end of World War 2.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/03/20/rules-for-living/

Rules for Living

Rules for Living is a marvellous and hilarious comedy looking at the murky waters of family Christmas.

Photo & Video

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2015/04/02/the-10th-whitelion-bail-out-charity-fundraiser/

The 10th Whitelion Bail Out Charity Fundraiser

Bail Out's plans to help out Melbourne's disadvantaged youth.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2014/10/15/the-fox-darkroom/

The Fox Darkroom

Snap away with The Fox Darkroom, a mecca for photography aficionados to learn all about the traditional methods of black and white photography.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2014/05/30/somewhere-else-video-sings-of-summer/

Somewhere Else video sings of summer

It almost sounds like the premise of a reality TV show: pile a bunch of artists in a bus for seven days, send them across Mexico and see what happens.