12th japanese film festival

memories of matsuko
Memories of Matsuko
Discover the best of Japanese cinema with this annual showcase celebrating its twelfth year at ACMI!

Blockbuster hits, engaging dramas, hilarious comedies, enthralling romances and heroic samurai action - five mind-blowing, enchanting days on the big screen.

Thursday 27 November - Monday 1 December, 2008
Single Sessions: Full $14 Concession $12
Japan Foundation Members: $10
5-Film Pass: $55 (excluding opening and closing films)
Free Screenings > Love and Honor and Hula Girls

after school

Three high school alumni and a shifty detective find themselves tangled in a web of deceit under the watchful eyes of the yakuza.

love and honor

A young samurai employed as a food taster for his clan is stricken by blindness after ingesting poison, and as he despairs, his wife must intervene.

always - sunset on third street

Based on Japan's best-loved comic book series Sunset on Third Street, this award-winning film takes us on a nostalgic journey to Tokyo circa 1958.

memories of tomorrow

A 50 year old man with juvenile Alzheimer's disease realises his life is slipping away.

the taste of fish

Welcome to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the top supplier of fish in the world, and the key to brilliant Japanese gourmet!

memories of matsuko

A film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same title by Muneki Yamada, following the fortunes of a woman racing through life.


A camerawoman who is losing her eyesight revisits the countryside to which she and her brother were evacuated during WWII.

the girl who leapt through time

Get ready for the incredible time-leaping adventure of lifetime!

season of snow

The arrival of a bride-to-be shakes a hapless ski resort in the Japanese Alps, which is in desperate need of tourists.

monster x strikes back - attack the g8 summit

From the "Ed Wood of Japan" comes the most ridiculous monster movie ever!

hula girls

It is 1965 and a group of young women in a Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian tourist attraction.


A lonesome blind girl, with a hidden blade in her walking cane, fights to live another day.


Returning to his hometown after his orchestra disbands, cellist Daigo finds the new life he has been seeking through an unexpected job.

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