Now in its 20th year, the Japanese Film Festival will shine the spotlight on the best of Japanese culture.

The festival will present a slew of exciting new flicks direct from Japan, including comedies, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance and more.

Highlights include Creepy, the latest from Japanese horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa, about a former detective who investigates the case of a missing family while remaining oblivious to the danger in his own backyard; cult filmmaker Takashi Miike’s sci-fi action epic Terraformars; and Tsukiji Wonderland, a fascinating documentary about the unique culture of the world’s largest seafood market.

“We’ve scoured Japan for the best of both classic and modern Japanese cinema,” says program coordinator Margarett Cortez, “and we’re thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary with such a diverse program. From special events and classic films from the fifties on, to works by female directors and rising indie filmmakers, there really is something for everyone in this program.”

The festival will also celebrate Japanese pop culture with a special Cosplay Day in Brisbane on Saturday 29 October.

The Japanese Film Festival, prsented by The Japan Foundation, will run from Wednesday 26 October to 30 Sunday October at Event Cinemas Myer Centre. For more information and tickets, visit