Japanese Film Festival Classics

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Japanese Film Festival Classics

The movies are free at JFF’s season of cinema greats

The annual Japanese Film Festival in Sydney runs a parallel program of classic movies at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Tickets to the classic films are free, but don’t arrive too late, as they’re on a first-come-first served basis.

Highlights include 1981 animation Yuki-Snow Queen, in which the celestial Yuki descends from heaven to inspire farmers to rise up against feudal warlords.

Onibaba is an eye-opening 1964 erotic horror-drama in which a mother and daughter in feudal Japan murder wandering samurai for their possessions.

Children of Hiroshima (1952) has a teacher travelling back to postwar Hiroshima to visit her parents’ graves, while A Story from Echigo (1964) tackles rape in a poverty-stricken village and examines the economic causes of tragedy.  

Blue Mountains and Blue Mountains 2 (both 1949) were made during the US occupation of Japan and concern a teacher trying to introduce democracy into her classes. They represent massive sea changes in Japanese society after the war.

By: Nick Dent

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