Australia’s rising interest in Japanese cinema
Besides the more internationally acclaimed pictures, precious few Japanese films actually make it to Australian cinemas.
That could be one of the reasons why this year’s Japanese Film Festival is attracting record movie-goers. In Sydney last week, the festival drew a record high of almost 8000 people in ten days.
Festival Director, Masafumi Konomi says 20 years ago, apart from a few cult films, not many Japanese movies were known in Australia.
“I think Australia has a shorter history as a nation compared to Japan so perhaps there’s a longing for older cultures. Also Australia, being a multicultural society, so I think that more variety of people is coming to the Japanese Film Festival,” he said.