Japanese Film Festival

Mon 23rd October, 2023 – Sun 5th November, 2023
Melbourne: The Kino, Palace Balwyn & ACMI
Returning for a 27th year, the Japanese Film Festival is bringing a rich program of J-horror, historical dramas and modern comedies to five major cities.

The rich world of Japanese cinema will light up screens in Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for the 27th annual Japanese Film Festival. The much-loved festival opens with Testu Maeda’s We’re Broke, My Lord!, a witty and unexpected character study involving family fortune, shoguns and samurais. Other festival highlights include The Forbidden Play, a nail-biting horror film that brings a hint of Hollywood to a traditional J-horror story, and Natchan’s Little Secret, an audience-pleasing queer comedy.

There’s also a special free series celebrating the works of Kо̄ Nakahira, a major figure of post-war cinema, whose genre-spanning works cast a long shadow over the world of Japanese film. The Kо̄ Nakahira series will screen in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Check out the full program.