Another film festival has come and gone. I’m always left with a sense of sadness at the end of a film fest. Watching all those (mostly great) movies, getting no sleep, going out with people and basically just experiencing that “film fest vibe”, I’m left wistful and excited after the last film has screened. Without getting too sentimental, the Japanese Film Festival has a special place in my heart. I lived in Japan for a year and always have a nostalgic feeling whenever watching Japanese movies, most especially films that are set in current times. Hearing the language and seeing the places (and even recognising some of them!) is like a taunt and a mini-holiday rolled into one; I feel like I’m there and wanting to go at the same time.
The Japan Foundation is responsible for the film fest, and each year their line-up gets bigger and stronger, and their organisation of the event gets a bit better. They usually have a good mix of different types of films (though no J-horror this year – WTF?!), including anime, dramas, comedies, and a samurai movie here and there. Pretty cool raffle prizes add a bit of excitement as well (surely I’ve earned my Onitsuka Tiger $150 voucher after 4 years and about 30 films?!). My main complaint I guess is with the venue. It’s always been at Event Cinemas George St, and being a generic multiplex, there are no special qualities about it – which is fine by me, I’m not looking for an arthouse setting where North-Shore types take glasses of wine into the theatre. But twice my seat was double-booked, and one of the films ran out of frame for about ten minutes, so they really need to up their game in that respect. But otherwise, a good time was had by all and I look forward to many more festivals to come. Eiga o mimashou!
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