JFF Fringe is an initiative launched last year by the Japan Foundation to sate audience hunger for Japanese films throughout the year, and not just during their touring Japanese Film Festival in October/November.
The first strand of JFF Fringe for 2019 sees the screening of 3 popular and acclaimed recent films adapted from novels.
Based on the book by bestselling crime novelist Keigo Higashino, The Crimes That Bind is about an unconventional detective (Hiroshi Abe) called on to solve the mysterious death of a woman in a Tokyo apartment when police hit a brick wall. His investigation leads him to a celebrity theatre director (Nanako Matsushima), whose glamorous world seems far removed from the case.
Also screening is Penguin Highway, an anime adaption of Morimi Tomihiko’s award-winning novel of the same name. When penguins appear in fourth-grade student Aoyama’s small town, the young boy knows there’s a mystery that only he can solve — a mystery that involves the woman he has a crush on. This unforgettable tale about growing up, love, and discovering yourself was a winner of the Fantasia International Film Festival’s Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award.
Last but not least is the film adaptation of award-winning writer Mahokaru Numata’s mystery novel Birds Without Names, which centres on the despicable Towako (Yu Aoi), who lives off her boyfriend’s meagre earnings while treating him like a worthless slug. Despite his dog-like devotion, she constantly reminisces about her horrible ex-boyfriend, even sleeping with other men who evoke memories of him. When she finds out that her ex has been missing for five years, she suspects her current bf may know more than he lets on.
July 25 (Thursday)
The Crimes That Bind
August 15 (Thursday)
August 29 (Thursday)
Birds Without Names
Screening times for all films
The JFF Fringe is on at Event George Street Cinema in Sydney.
Tickets ($15 + booking fee if online) are on sale at the cinema and online.