If you know your Studio Ghibli from your Sion Sono, and your vintage monster movies from your J-horror, then you’re probably going to want to head to GOMA’s next film program. And if you don’t, well, you’re definitely going to want to head along. Just prepare to have your eyes opened.
From July until September, the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinematheque is paying tribute to everything that makes Japanese filmmaking great. Okay, maybe not everything. With a lineup that flits from creature feature The War of the Gargantuas to the cult craziness of RoboGeisha, and between the witchy delights of Kiki's Delivery Service and the violent mayhem of Why Don't You Play in Hell?, it’s the nation's strange, outrageous and eclectic stuff that’s in the spotlight.
The two-month-long showcase is called Cult Japan after all — and there’s a reason why the release of each GOMA film schedule is one of Brisbane’s most anticipated cinema announcements. It’s a good thing that the gallery’s main movie theatre has the comfiest seats in town, outside of gold class, because every cinephile is going to be spending a lot of time there.