16th Japanese Film Festival – Part 2

Well, friends. One of the problems when putting on a film festival (and I assume there would be many) must be the necessity of relying on the cinema for the delivery of your product. I left you in Part 1 of this article with me being unable to provide a review for “Dearest” because of technical difficulties. The JFF replied to my email advising me that they would be reshowing it again on Wednesday evening at 6pm.

Naturally, I got myself down there after leaving work early and joined the other people in the cinema before the doors closed. There were about 10 of us in there and we were all wondering why the staff would close the doors to the crowds that were still coming in. Here’s a tip for the new guys. If you see cinema staff talking quietly into walkie talkies while alternating between looking up at the projection room and then back to the screen, start to worry. Yes, as you’ve probably guessed by now, more technical difficulties. It seems the films were delivered in some special format that was incompatible with the machines in the theatre so an adaptor was needed. The connecting cable to this adaptor is what failed last Sunday and so a new cable was fitted prior to Wednesday night. You would think that this new cable was checked before calling your annoyed customers back to the theatre but it seems this simple act of common sense is beyond the ken of Event Cinemas on George St Sydney; yes I am looking at you guys!

Anyway, the Director of the Film Festival happened to be in the audience and was annoyed with the cinema staff’s incompetence as well as hugely apologetic to the audience. End result, we were given a refund as well as two free tickets to go with our free ticket given out on Sunday and we watched another movie instead:- “Key of Life”. “Dearest” is unlikely to come out to Australia with subtitles which is disappointing so I must score this as an epic FAIL by Event Cinemas. I doubt this multimillion dollar business would care however. Anyway, on to the review for “Key of Life”.

1.      Key of Life


Key of Life is a comedy in the bubbling loser genre and tells the story of Sakurai, a struggling actor who assumes the identity of Kondo who appears to be a ruthless and efficient hitman. The way in which they swap identities is quiet inventive and very Japanese. Despite it being a funny movie in parts, I could not really feel for any of the characters and ultimately, I left feeling very annoyed that I was not able to see the previously mentioned “Dearest”. I can only give the movie 6 1/2 out of 10.


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