This event has finished

How many other festivals give you a superhero who wears women's panties on his face?

The Japanese Film Festival is back for it’s 17th year and will be hosted at Hoyts Melbourne Central and ACMI Cinemas.

There are the absurd, nonsensical comedies typical of Japanese film such as HK/Forbidden Super Hero, where the hero’s calling card is wearing a pair of female undies on his head, and The Apology King, which examines the not-so-humble art of apologising.

For all you nostalgia and anime fans, Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods is hitting the big screen with the original creator, Akira Toriyama, lending his name to the script for the first time. Let's see how long it takes for Goku to use the spirit bomb this time.

Beyond the Memories is a romance based on the popular manga Kiyoku Yawaku, but if you are up for a more melancholic story, The Samuri that Night explores loneliness and the need for human connection.

For those who enjoy darker movies, check out The Devil’s Path which examines real life crimes in modern Japan, the thriller Shield of Straw, which debuted at Cannes Film Festival, or Orpheus’ Lyre, where a mother is convinced her baby has been reincarnated as another woman’s child.

Japanese Film Festival 2013 video

Japanese Film Festival 2013 details

Federation Square
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 8663 2200

Nearby Stations: Flinders Street

Price $13.00 to $17.00

Date 28 Nov 2013-08 Dec 2013

Australian Centre for the Moving Image - ACMI map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

Time Out

51m - Time Out Melbourne - no we haven't opened a café, this place is nothing to...

Transport Public Bar

55m - With multi entertainment venues, including a cocktail bar, a formal dining...

Riverland Bar

61m - It's pretty much all about Friday night sausages and mulled wine at...


63m - Located at the top floor of the Transport Hotel, Transit is a cocktail...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

ACMI Store

36m - Negotiating the exit of the  Australian Centre for the Moving Image...


50m - Artplay is a civic space where children and families can get creative and...

More venues nearby

You might also like

Perfect day

Perfect day

Follow our itinerary towards what we reckon is a pretty perfect day

Pub Guide

Pub Guide

Discover Melbourne's best 50 pubs right here, right now

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus