BRISASIA: Japan Film Program
Free APSA Screenings as part of BrisAsia 2018
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are thrilled to return as a partner of BrisAsia Festival to launch a free cinema program of the region’s best films. From blockbuster anime to Indian comedy, there’s something for everyone.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari)
Saturday, 24 February |Event 4pm | Screening 8pm | Sunnybank Shopping Centre
In this adaptation of a 10th-century Japanese folktale, an elderly woodcutter discovers a tiny, doll-like girl inside a shining stalk of bamboo. He takes her home and the girl suddenly transforms into a normal-sized baby. She lives with the woodcutter and his wife and the townsfolk nickname her Little Bamboo because she grows so fast. When gold is discovered in the same bamboo grove, the woodcutter is convinced that the child is a princess, and must be raised accordingly. From the countryside to the grand capital city, the mysterious girl’s past soon catches up with her. Eight years in the making and with a budget of roughly $49 million, this is one of Studio Ghibli’s must-see films.
Ancien and The Magic Tablet
Saturday, 24 February | Event 5pm | Screening 8.30pm | Roma Street Amphitheatre
Tokyo schoolgirl Kokone dreams she is the sorcerer princess Ancien who, with the aid of a magic tablet, can bring inanimate objects to life in a kingdom called Heartland. In real life, it’s three days before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and restless Kokone should be studying for her exams. When her father is suddenly thrown into jail, Kokone’s real life and dream world start to merge and she realises that she will have to outmanoeuvre the bad guys in both.
A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)
Friday, 2 March| 5.30pm | Brisbane Square Library
Set in a small Japanese town, a reserved schoolboy, Shoya, bullies the new girl in class, Shoko, because she is deaf. As the teasing continues, distraught Shoko moves away and the rest of the class turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more.
Kisaragi Festival 2018
24th February 2018
The Kisaragi Festival celebrates it’s 4th year.All in the one location on celebration lawn at Roma Street Parklands.
Journey into Japan, experiencing the many facets of Japanese culture and society, Kisaragi Festival will feature Japanese music and dance performances, martial arts, bonsai, ikebana, market stalls, artist demonstrations, exhibition and much more. Enjoy the delights of Japanese food with a range of pop-up food stalls. Plus much more, all in the one summer night-time festival.
This is a FREE event.
JLPT in Brisbane
1st July 2018
The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is largest-scale Japanese language test in the world. Since 1984, the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services have continued to offer the JLPT as a reliable means of evaluating the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers.
The JLPT is widely recognised across corporate and government sectors as a benchmark for proficiency measurement, and is also a strong motivator for students of Japanese language.
The JLPT will be offered in Brisbane on Sunday 1 July 2018 12:00 pm to 4:15 pm (AEST)
Griffith University, Nathan, QLD
Open now until 4 April 4 2018.