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Japan Film Festival heads online with free offering

Will YeomanThe West AustralianCamera IconA scene from the film Lady Maiko. Credit: Supplied/Altamira PicturesShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

From tales of time travel to enchanting animated adventures and a geisha-inspired musical comedy, the Japanese Film Festivalreturns December 4-13 withJFF Plus: Online Festival, a free streamed festival featuring the very best in Japanese cinema.

The 2020 Festival, presented by The Japan Foundation Sydney, will screen over 25 films including features, documentaries, as well as stop motion and animated shorts for audiences across Australia and New Zealand to enjoy online.

The program showcases an array of award-winning films including Tokyo International Film Festival Audience Award winner Tremble All You Want, a quirky rom-com about a young woman who must choose between her childhood crush or settle for her imperfect boyfriend, and Shanghai International Film Festival Best Screenplay winner Key of Life, an ingeniously scripted deadpan comedy that sees a struggling actor and an amnesic hit man exchange identities.

Devotees of Japanese culture can look forward to favourites from JFFs gone by, such as Lady Maiko(JFF 2014), a musical comedy that interweaves elements of Broadway and geisha culture to explore a young girl’s aspirations of becoming a maiko (apprentice geisha).

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