Australia-Japan Society of Tasmania Inc.


Japanese Film Festival - Hobart (free screenings!)

  • 22 Feb 2021
  • 24 Feb 2021
  • Village Cinema Glenorchy, Cnr Cooper St and Eady St, Glenorchy TAS 7010

It's back! The Japan Foundation, Sydney, with the support of the Australia-Japan Society of Tasmania present the postponed Japanese Film Festival travelling program - screening three contemporary Japanese films for FREE right here in Hobart this February!


Free. (Due to covid-19, advanced booking are required)

Bookings via Eventbrite:

Shoplifters - book here

Penguin Highway - book here

Reverse Diaries - book here


Village Cinema Glenorchy, Cnr Cooper St and Eady St, Glenorchy TAS 7010



MONDAY, 22 FEB; 6:30PM

Shoplifters (万引き家族)


2018 / Drama / 120 mins / Rating: M (sexual references and nudity)
In Japanese with English subtitles

"Piecing together family in the most unexpected ways"

A brilliantly humanistic masterpiece that intricately - and on occasion, boldly - explores what it means to be a family. Shoplifters focuses on a ragtag family who have slipped through the cracks of society, using petty crime as a means to survive. After one of their regular shoplifting ventures, Osamu and his son Shota come across a neglected little girl. Despite their own hardships, the family takes her in. They begin a happy, humble life together until an unforeseen incident unravels hard truths and their fragile existence is thrust into the spotlight, uprooting the bonds that hold them together.



Penguin Highway (ペンギン・ハイウェイ)


2018 / Anime, Adventure / 119 mins / Rating: PG (contains mild fantasy themes and animated violence)
In Japanese with English subtitles

"Where did all these penguins come from?"

Fourth-grade student Aoyama is a young boy sure of his own intelligence and place in the world; he spends his days buried in his notebooks and studying the world around him. But when penguins appear in his small town far away from any oceans, Aoyama knows there’s a mystery that only he can solve—a mystery that involves the woman he has a crush on.

An anime adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi’s award-winning novel of the same name, Penguin Highway is an unforgettable tale about growing up, love, and discovering yourself.



The Reverse Diaries (リバースダイアリー)


2018 / Mystery, Suspense, Romance / 99 mins / Rating: Suitable for 15+ (contains violence and suicide attempt)
In Japanese with English subtitles

"Is revenge ever the right answer?"

When aspiring novelist Rihito Shiraishi (Gen Ogawa) saves Saki Honda (Iku Arai) from an awkward encounter with another man, he is immediately besotted with her eccentric, whirlwind personality. However, once they begin dating, Rihito realises there is more to Saki than meets the eye and perhaps their meeting wasn’t the lucky accident it seemed. There may be only one way to find out the truth, and Rihito will have to face his own inner true self, faults and all.

In this cross-genre suspense romance, director and producer Shin Sonoda adapts his own original script for the first time since Wiz/Out in 2007.

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