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Madman + Japanese Film Festival = Good Times

Madman + Japanese Film Festival = Good Times
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:54 pm    Post subject: Madman + Japanese Film Festival = Good Times Reply with quote
MADMAN is proud to be a part of this year's Japanese Film Festival with some great MADMAN films screening at festival locations around the country.

The MADMAN films showing are:

*LOVE AND HONOR* - Showing in: Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne

A veteran of over 40 years of directing, Yoji Yamada returns with the final installment in the TWILIGHT SAMURAI trilogy. Shinnojo is a food taster for his clan who dreams of one day opening his own Kendo school. When he is blinded by poisonous food, he and his wife Kayo are worried that they will lose their income. Kayo must give favour to a powerful samurai Shimada to survive. When Shinnojo becomes jealous, a bitter showdown for honour follows.


*ALWAYS SUNSET ON THIRD STREET* - Showing in: Perth, Brisbane, Canberra Melbourne

Yamazaki Takashi, Japan's top visual effects artist, has perfectly re-created the old residential streets of Tokyo in the late 1950s, the era which was the country's biggest turning point - the beginning of the future of what Japan is today. ROBOT, the country's top film production company, proudly presents their latest masterpiece!

ALWAYS SUNSET ON THIRD STREET is based on the comic book Sunset on Third Street by Saigan Ryohei (original title: San-chome no Yuhi, still running in Weekly Big Comic Original, published by Shogaku-kan). Depicting the joys and sorrows in the daily lives of the residents of Third Street in Yuhi District, the first episode was introduced in 1973. Its heartwarming touch has been loved by countless readers over the past 30 years. With more than 14 million copies published in the series, Sunset on Third Street could be referred to as the people's favorite in the world of Japanese comics.

*THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME* - Showing in: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

When 17-year-old Makoto gains the ability to leap backwards through time, she sets about preventing personal mishaps. Yet she soon realises that changing the past isn't so simple! Can she use her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends? From production company Madhouse, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is an absorbing, beautifully crafted anime. Featuring a talented crew who worked on such classics as PRINCESS MONONOKE and THE GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, this new film is destined for modern classic status.


*ICHI* - Showing in: Melbourne & Sydney

On a journey to find her long-lost caretaker, Ichi travels alone. She is beautiful, gifted with a remarkable shamisen ability? and is blind. Many try to take advantage of her disability but beneath her frail exterior lies an iron-willed justice-seeking swordswoman. She trusts no one and fights with passion and absolute precision. Her voyage leads her to meet Toma, a samurai, and she finds herself caught in a web between two factions vying for power.


*DEPARTURES* - Closing Night Film Melbourne & Sydney

Departures won the 2008 Grand Prix des Americas, the highest award at the Montreal World Film Festival, and is Japan?s official entry for the 2009 Academy Awards? foreign language category.

Returning to his hometown after his orchestra disbands, the cellist Daigo is in search of a new life, a new job and a new direction. To everyone?s horror, he finds himself working in a mortuary, surrounded by the deceased. Everyday, he prepares the departed for the afterlife with delicate ritualistic care. Daigo finds the balance he has been searching for all along, the discovery of life through death.

Locations and dates for the festival are:

BRISBANE 12-14 Nov
Regent Cinema (Queen St Mall)
167 Queen St, Brisbane
Enquiries - Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane on (07) 3221 5188

CANBERRA 25-27, 29 Nov
National Film & Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit, Acton
Enquiries - Quentin Turnour on (02) 6248 2000

MELBOURNE 27-30 Nov, 1 Dec
ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Enquiries - Japan Foundation, Sydney (02) 8239 0055 /

PERTH 5-7, 13-14 Nov
Alexander Library Building
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge (entry via Francis Street)

SYDNEY 2-9 Dec
Greater Union (George Street)
505-525 George St, Sydney
(02) 9273-7431
Enquiries - The Japan Foundation, Sydney on (02) 8239 0055

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