COMPETITION CLOSED – Win Tickets to the 2019 Japanese Film Festival: Sydney, Melbourne



We’re celebrating the impending commencement of the Sydney and Melbourne legs of the 2019 Japanese Film Festival by giving away tickets! That’s right, we have 5 double passes up for grabs!!

From a glitzy murder mystery with an ensemble cast of Japanese screen stars, to a sun-drenched romance from the animation genius behind cult hit Night is Short, Walk on Girl, the Japanese Film Festival returns with a brand new program jam-packed with the very best in contemporary Japanese cinema.

The 2019 Festival boasts 29 feature films and one captivating documentary across Sydney (14-24 November) and Melbourne (21 November – 1 December), plus a select FREE program in Adelaide (8-10 November). Each city features carefully curated programming by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

The Festival opens with glitzy murder mystery Masquerade Hotel, featuring iconic actor Takuya Kimura (Howl’s Moving Castle) and Japanese Academy Award-winner Masami Nagasawa (Your Name). Adapted from Keigo Higashino’s bestselling novel, the film follows a detective who must go undercover at a high-end Tokyo hotel to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders.

Closing the festival in Sydney and Melbourne is A Girl Missing, a gripping psychological crime-drama about the mysterious disappearance of a family’s youngest granddaughter. The film reunites director Koji Fukada with actress Mariko Tsutsui after their Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize-winning collaboration Harmonium.

The festival includes: winner of Best Animated Feature at the Fantasia Film Festival, Ride Your Wave; poignant drama Blue Hour, which won Best Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival; visceral thriller Melancholic; queer steampunk romantic comedy Fly Me to the Saitama; Fumi Nikaido; and quirky comedy SAINT☆YOUNG MEN 2nd Century, which envisions what it would be like if Jesus Christ and Buddha were housemates in the suburbs of Tokyo; and period action epic Kindgom, based on the bestselling manga series of the same name.

The full Festival program can be found at

  • ADELAIDE: 8 – 10 November at GU Film House Adelaide
    FREE! Bookings available 1 hour prior to screenings from JFF info desk at venue
  • SYDNEY: 14 – 24 November at Event Cinemas George Street
    Early bird tickets available from September 26
  • MELBOURNE: 21 November – 1 December at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Treasury Theatre & The Capitol Theatre
    Early bird tickets available from October 10
‘Masquerade Hotel’

We have two double passes for the Japanese Festival in Melbourne and three double pass for the Japanese Festival in Sydney up for grabs!

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