by Chris MaGee
North American audiences aren't the only ones getting a chance to catch some great Japanese films this summer. Folks down under are as well. It was just announced that between September 3rd and 17th Adelaide, Australia will play host to its 15th annual Japanese Film Festival. Plus the very first titles of this year's line-up have been announced, and it's a pretty impressive group of films.
The opening film of the JFF will be Tsutomu Hanabusa's comedy "Handsome Suit" while the closing film will be Yoshimitsu Morita's period drama "The Abacus and the Sword" starring Masato Sakai. In between visitors to the fest will get to catch not just the first of Shinsuke Sato's "Gantz" films, but also its sequel, "Gantz: Perfect Answer", Shigemichi Sugita's and Warner Bros. Japan's top knot and katana epic "The Last Ronin" starring Koji Yakusho (trailer below), Sang-Il Lee's critically-lauded "Villain", as well as a special charity screening of Shinichi Hashimoto's timely docudrama "Yamakoshi: The Recovery of a Tiny Japanese Village" that chronicles the reconstruction of a town in Niigata Prefecture after the Great Chuetsu Earthquake of 2004.
You can check out even more films that Adelaide's Japanese Film Festival will have on hand this September by visiting their website here. Thanks to Twitch for this news item.