JFF Fringe – Special Screenings
Special Screenings in Sydney & Brisbane
May 30 – August 29, 2018
Did you miss out on the Japanese Film Festival (JFF), or simply love Japanese cinema? Enjoy Japanese films on the big screen with new JFF Fringe special screenings!
Featuring box office hits from the past year, JFF Fringe is a series of monthly Japanese film screenings, which runs from May to August. This season presents award-winning titles such as In This Corner of the World and The Long Excuse, explosive action-comedy in Gintama, and the exclusive Australian premiere of fantasy period film Honnouji Hotel.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and Event Cinemas.
Header image from The Long Excuse © 2016 “The Long Excuse” Film’s Partners
Dir Yuichi Fukuda / 2017 / 131 mins / Cast Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto / Japanese with English subtitles / Classified M
May 30 (Wed)
In a world where aliens have invaded Edo Period Japan, skyscrapers, trains and motor bikes have replaced the simple life of Earth inhabitants. One man however, still carries the soul of a samurai, Gintoki Sakata, otherwise known as Yorozuya Gin-san. As reckless as he is, Gintoki carries his own resolve and is ready to take on any challenge with his fellow companions.
Japan’s third largest box office hit in 2017, based on the popular comic book series of the same title by Hideaki Sorachi.
All images © Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha © 2017 “Gintama” Film Partners
Honnouji Hotel (本能寺ホテル)
Dir Masayuki Suzuki / 2017 / 120 mins / Cast Haruka Ayase, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Gaku Hamada / Japanese with English subtitles / Recommended for ages 12+
June 27 (Wed)
Past and present collide in this fantasy film when Mayuko (Haruka Ayase), a young woman who lacks direction in life, checks into the mysterious Kyoto hotel. The unlikely combination of a music box, a local sweet and the hotel elevator transports her into the Sengoku period (1407-1603) where she meets the infamous warlord Nobunaga Oda and his young page. Inspired by one of the greatest mysteries in Japanese history – The Honnouji Incident – this spectacular and entertaining epic will screen its Australian premiere at JFF Fringe. In cinemas for one night only.
All images © 2017 Fuji Television Network, Toho, HoriPro
In This Corner of the World (この世界の片隅に)
Dir Sunao Katabuchi / 2017 / 128 mins / Cast Rena Nonen, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Minori Omi, Natsuki Inaba / English with Japanese subtitles / Classified M
July 30 (Mon)
In 1944, 18-year-old Suzu goes to Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture to wed naval officer Shusaku Hojo. As the intensity of the war heightens day after day and food supplies dwindle, Suzu manages to resolutely carry on with daily life through her ingenuity, that is, until the summer of 1945.
Best Animation of the Year at the Japan Academy Prize 2017; Jury Award Winner at the 41st Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
All images © Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Konosekai no katasumini Project
The Long Excuse (永い言い訳)
Dir Miwa Nishikawa / 2016 / 123 mins / Cast Masahiro Motoki, Pistol Takehara, Kenshin Fujita, Tamaki Shiratori / Japanese with English subtitles / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult; includes mild sexual content, language and violence.
August 29 (Wed)
Celebrity author Sachio Kinugasa (Masahiro Motoki) loses his wife in a bus accident, while he was in bed with a younger woman. Forced to play the role of a grieving widower in front of media, he’s more shocked by his emotional disconnect to her death. When he meets a bereaved family whose mother died in the same accident, Sachio impulsively offers to care for the children while their father works long hours.
Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Official Selection; Best Director and Best Actor at the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.
All images © 2016 “The Long Excuse” Film’s Partners
$15 (booking fees apply when purchasing online)
Book online or at the box office. Tickets are available for purchase in advance of the screening.
All screenings start at 6:00pm
Event Cinemas George Street
500-252 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre
Myer Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
For ticketing enquiries, please contact the cinema box office.
For program enquiries, please contact The Japan Foundation, Sydney reception at
(02) 8239 0055 or