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JFF offers first look at 2014 edition

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is entering its 18th year in Australia, and this year reaches across the ditch to share its fare with Auckland audiences.

The programme varies considerably from centre to centre, with Sydney and Melbourne getting the full 45-title programme. Smaller centres such as Auckland will pick up 10 or more titles.

Rurouni Kenshin

Emi Takei in Rurouni Kenshin

The only title announced at this stage is the live-action adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s much-adapted manga series, Rurouni Kenshin. This particular adaptation is a trilogy, the first title of which released in 2012. The remaining two films release this year. Those familiar with Japanese cinema may recognise one of the films’ female leads, Emi Takei, from her turn as the object of affection in Takashi Miike’s 2012 For Love’s Sake.

The JFF will run 6 – 12 November at Rialto Cinemas in Auckland.

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