The Japanese film festival is traveling around the country as we speak - make sure you get yourself out to at least one of these enchanting films!
21 Oct 2013 - 5:21 PM  UPDATED 21 Oct 2013 - 5:35 PM

All week we’re giving away tickets to the Japanese Film Festival that’s making its way around our beautifully varied nation at the below times:

Broome: 17 Sep – 18 Sep

Perth: 23 Oct – 27 Oct

Hobart: 13, 14 & 16 Oct

Canberra: 30 Oct – 3 Nov

Townsville: 26 Oct

Sydney: 14 Nov – 24 Nov

Cairns: 3 Nov

Darwin: 21 Nov – 23 Nov

Brisbane: 16 Oct – 20 Oct

Melbourne: 28 Nov – 8 Dec

BUT what should you go and see? Here are 5 films we think would make a great start, but make sure you check out the full list of screenings for your city on the Japanese film festival website.


Daily Life of High School Boys (男子高校生の日常)

Daily Life of High School Boys

An inside peek into the minds of high school boys.

This film follows the daily lives of Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake, three ordinary high school boys desperate to understand the biggest mystery in their lives to date: girls! When it comes to interacting with girls, this trio are completely clueless. So when their school decides to collaborate with a neighbouring all-girls school to host its annual Cultural Festival, opportunities – and challenges – arise. Can they get through without making complete fools of themselves?

A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介)

A Story of Yonosuke

For the unsung hero in all of us.

Looking back on your school days, do you ever wonder what happened to that one kid who, somehow, always stood out from the crowd? A Story of Yonosuke explores the nostalgia that binds several old school friends who, in their own time and their own ways, all look back and wonder about that kid: the quirky and disarmingly innocent Yonosuke, whose warmth touched everyone he met. Based on a novel by multi-award-winning author Shuichi Yoshida (Villain), this bittersweet film is the latest offering from the director of The Chef of the South Pole and stars heartthrob Kengo Kora (Norwegian Wood).

Fruits of Faith (奇跡のリンゴ)

Fruits of Faith (奇跡のリンゴ)

One man’s quest for the perfect organic apple. 

Driven by a curious mind and concern for the welfare of his wife, bumbling farmer Kimura begins a decade-long quest to produce the impossible: perfect organic apples. Fruits of Faith is an adaptation of ‘Miracle Apples’, a best-selling novel based on a true story. This novel famously caught the attention of Yoko Ono, who called it a ‘revolution’ and went on to underwrite the English translation herself. Set in Aomori Prefecture, Japan’s largest producer of apples, the film charts Kimura’s journey and his determination to succeed against the odds.

A Boy and His Samurai (ちょんまげぷりん)

A Boy and his Samurai

Can you domesticate a Samurai?

A mother and son are forced to look after a samurai who has found himself in the present day through strange circumstances. To earn his keep, the samurai becomes a housekeeper, and stays home to cook, clean and take care of the little boy. The samurai finds he enjoys cooking and discovers that he has a remarkable talent for making extraordinary cakes and puddings which everyone loves. This heart-warming film gives a tongue-in-cheek insight to the blurring of traditional and modern Japanese culture while touching on the ever-changing roles of men and women in modern times.

Screening in: Broome, Hobart, Townsville, Cairns & Darwin

Arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ)

Arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ) film screenshot

From the creators of Ponyo and Spirited Away.

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their home from items “borrowed” from humans. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty. Inspired by the children’s novel series “The Borrowers”, this is co-produced by master animator Miyazaki Hayao from Studio Ghibli.

Screening in: Broome, Hobart, Townsville, Cairns & Darwin

Head to the Japanese Film Festival website for all of the screening and ticketing info.