The Japan Foundation has just sent through a press release detailing their upcoming 18th annual Japanese Film Festival. They have confirmed the dates and locations for the national film festival which will tour across Australia and New Zealand.
Perhaps the biggest news from the Japan Foundation is the headliner for the 18th annual Japanese Film Festival will be the complete trilogy of Rurouni Kenshin films. The first film previously aired during the 16th festival back in 2012 to multiple sell-out audiences. Now or the first time ever all three of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action films will air in one film festival.
The films follow the titular wandering samurai Kenshin as he attempts to atone for the sins of his past and bring peace to the nation of Japan in a time of great change. The films are titled Rurouni Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin: The Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend’s End in that order.
As for the dates, locations and prices for the 18th annual Japanese Film Festival, the following is the schedule for the touring festival as confirmed by the Japan Foundation:
The 18th JFF runs nationally between October – December 2014
Ticketing: Adult $18 / Concession $15/ 5-Film Pass $75
Adelaide 10 – 12 & 17 – 19 October
Canberra 15 – 19 October
Capitol Cinema Manuka
Brisbane 22 – 26 October
Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre
Perth 29 October – 2 November
Hoyts Carousel & Hoyts Millennium
Auckland 6 – 12 November
Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket
Sydney 13 – 23 November
Event Cinemas, George Street & Event Cinemas, Parramatta
Art Gallery of New South Wales (JFF classics – Wed, Sat & Sun, 15 – 26 October)
Melbourne 27 November – 7 December
Hoyts Melbourne Central & Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Also confirmed is that there will be several free screening events throughout the festival called JFF Classics and JFF Mini. JFF Classics will feature classic Japanese cinema for free of charge at selected venues and the JFF Mini will be the Japan Foundations free of charge event for cities like Darwin and Hobart, however they will be rather limited screenings compared to the full scale festival.
For more information on the upcoming 18th Japanese Film Festival check out the official website here.