The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) has unveiled a special Japanese retrospective as part of this year’s program, which hits Brisbane cinemas from 23 November to 4 December.

The Japanese retrospective will pay tribute to acress Setsuko Hara, who passed away in 2015.

Widely considered the shining star of the golden era of post-war Japanese cinema, Setsuko Hara was best known for her work with legendary director Yasujiro Ozu.

Ozu’s Tokyo Story, which stars Hara, is often hailed as one of the greatest films of all time.

The retrospective will also honour two other celebrated Japanese actresses, Hideko Takamine and Kinuyo Tanaka, who made enormous contributions to Japanese cinema.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the third Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will be the biggest and best yet.

“BAPFF is a growing annual film event that reflects our changing community and our strengthened ties with the Asia Pacific,” he says.

“Each year, the festival gets bigger and better and this is no exception.

“Our Asia Pacific region is responsible for half of the world’s film output and many of those selected to screen have collected awards from festivals like Cannes, Berlin and Toronto.

“This year, I’m excited to see Japan, one of Brisbane’s closest trading and tourism partners, represented in the festival program.”

BAPFF chairman Michael Hawkins says the retrospective will thrill lovers of classic cinema.

“This part of the program really celebrates Japan’s Golden Age,” he says.

“These actresses collaborated extensively with the world’s most iconic directors and are appreciated for their subdued, yet determined presence in Japan’s greatest dramas.

“Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival is a fantastic opportunity to see remarkable stories as diverse as the 4.5 billion people who call the region home.

“I look forward to welcoming new and returning cinema lovers in 2016.”

BAPFF’s 2016 program will feature more than 80 features and documentaries. Tickets to the Opening and Closing Night films, along with a selection of the rest of the program, will go on sale in October, with the complete program due to be launched in early November.

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