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.