Japanese Film Festival Regional 2020 | BREC

Japanese Film Festival Satellite

Run Time Sep 4 - Sep 12
Price From FREE
Presented By The Japan Foundation, Sydney
View Sessions
04 September 2020
6:30 pm
The Reverse Diaries
05 September 2020
2:30 pm
Penguin Highway
12 September 2020
2:30 pm
View Sessions

The City of Bunbury presents another unique selection of Japanese films in 2020.

The Japanese Film Festival started in Australia in 1997 with three film screenings and is now one of the largest celebrations of Japanese films in the world.

From crowd-pleasing anime favourites to poignant human drama, the festival brings exciting new Japanese film content to a wide audience. This initiative aims to support and grow interest in Japanese films and cinema culture throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.

Learn more about the Japanese Film Festival Australia here.

Film Schedule

Shoplifters (M)
Friday September 4, 6.30pm
120 minutes | Drama | 2018
Join us for the launch of the festival in the Skybar from 7pm
Movie screens at 7.30pm
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

The Reverse Diaries (15+)
Saturday September 5, 2.30pm
99 minutes | Mystery, Suspense, Romance | 2018
Director: Shin Sonoda

Penguin Highway (PG)
Saturday September 12, 2.30pm
119 minutes | Adventure/ Animation | 2018
English language audio version
Director: Hiroyasu Ishida


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. Soon an unforeseen incident unravels hard truths, uprooting the bonds that hold them together.

The Reverse Diaries

When aspiring novelist Rihito saves Saki 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.

Penguin Highway

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. Penguin Highway is an unforgettable tale about growing up, love, and discovering yourself.


The Reverse Diaries

Penguin Highway