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Japan and the Japanese, their history, society and culture, including stories about the experiences of Japanese people in dealing with social, political and wartime challenges, and the experiences of non-Japanese people in dealing with Japanese society in both peace-time and war.

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AYA

AYA

1990 (PG) 95 min

Aya arrives in Australia with her husband, an Australian soldier who was with the occupation forces in Japan. Aya forms a close bond with Mac, a close friend of Frank's, whose wartime experiences left him with a deep regard for Japanese culture. But Frank wants Aya to forget her Japanese past. Suffering cultural shock and... more

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BUTOH: Piercing the Mask

BUTOH: Piercing the Mask

1991 (PG) 49 min

This documentary pierces the mystery and mystique of a dance movement adored by the West and largely ignored by the Japanese. It uses archival and modern footage of leading Butoh performers and interviews Butoh specialists to throw light on the essential Butoh themes of darkness, violence and eroticism to get to the core... more

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EFFACEMENT

EFFACEMENT

1980 (G) 14 min

NOW DIGITALLY REMASTERED. EFFACEMENT shows a Japanese Noh maskmaker, Taniguchi Akiko, at work on her masks in her Tokyo studio. She carves the mask, paints it and moves it in the pace of an actor's movements on the traditional Noh stage. more

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EMILY IN JAPAN - The Making of An Exhibition

EMILY IN JAPAN - The Making of An Exhibition

2009 (PG) 82 min

Behind the scenes of the blockbuster exhibition of paintings by the Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye which toured Japan attracting record crowds. more

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FIFTY YEARS OF SILENCE

FIFTY YEARS OF SILENCE

1994 (M) 57 min

50 YEARS OF SILENCE tells the story of Jan Ruff-O'Herne and her experience of enforced prostitution at the hands of the Japanese military during World War II. As the first European woman to go public on this issue Jan faced the difficult decision to reveal her secret to her family, her friends and her parish. more

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FLOWERS AND TROOPS (Hana to Heitai)

FLOWERS AND TROOPS (Hana to Heitai)

2009 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 106 min

Inspired by the documentaries of the great Imamura Shohei, under whom the filmmaker studied, this film explores the lives of Japanese soldiers who chose not to return to Japan when the war finished, but who stayed behind in south-east Asia to build new lives for themselves. more

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FUKUSHIMA - Memories of the Lost Landscape (Soma Kanka Daiichibu Ubawareta Tochino Kioku)

FUKUSHIMA - Memories of the Lost Landscape (Soma Kanka Daiichibu Ubawareta Tochino Kioku)

2011 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 109 min

In the wake of the devastating tsunami and the Fukushima disaster, a 20km exclusion zone was created around the afflicted power plant. This award-winning film looks at the effect of the disaster on the lives of the evacuees. more

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GREEN TEA AND CHERRY RIPE

GREEN TEA AND CHERRY RIPE

1989 (G) 56 min

NOW DIGITALLY REMASTERED. A fascinating portrait of Japanese women who came to Australia as war brides, and their survival in an alien land. more

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HATOMA FILMS, THE

HATOMA FILMS, THE

1983 (G) 119 min

NOW DIGITALLY REMASTERED - A series of four films by Australian filmmaker Solrun Hoaas, about the tiny depopulated island of Hatoma, in Okinawa, Southern Japan. more

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HORSES OF FUKUSHIMA (Matsuri no Uma)

HORSES OF FUKUSHIMA (Matsuri no Uma)

2013 (PG) 74 min

A powerful and heart-breaking film of continuing relevance as new disclosures continue to emerge from the Fukushima disaster. After the tsunami, the nuclear meltdown, and many months of government inaction, the absurdity of human civilisation is reflected in their traumatised eyes of horses trapped for many weeks in a stud-farm... more

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JAPARTA

JAPARTA

2022 (G) 55 min

The story of a Japanese scholar, Minoru Hokari, who, before his death in 2004 at the age of 33, achieved work which today commands an ever-widening audience. It is a story of cross-cultural understanding, how Gurindji Elders in the Northern Territory tasked Minoru to relay stories from their culture to a wider world. A... more

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KIDNAPPED!

KIDNAPPED!

2006 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 52 min

The extraordinary story of a group of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korean spies in the 1970s and 1980s and the subsequent struggle of their families to have their loved ones returned. more

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PRIESTESS/THE STOREKEEPER, THE

PRIESTESS/THE STOREKEEPER, THE

1983 (G) 30 min

Available only in the collection of four films made by Solrun Hoaas on Hatoma Island: THE HATOMA FILMS. more

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SACRED VANDALS

SACRED VANDALS

1983 (G) 55 min

Available only in the collection of four films made by Solrun Hoaas on Hatoma Island: THE HATOMA FILMS. more

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SENSO DAUGHTERS

SENSO DAUGHTERS

1990 (PG) 55 min

During World War II, 140,000 Japanese troops died in Papua New Guinea. Considered the 'Forgotten War,' neither the war nor its veterans received public recognition in Japan. Another unacknowledged tragedy of that campaign was the army's mistreatment of New Guinean women and 'comfort girls'. Over 90,000 'comfort girls' were... more

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SYDNEY AT WAR

SYDNEY AT WAR

2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 52 min

At midnight on Sun May 31, 1942, three Japanese midget submarines broke through Sydney Harbour's defences and launched a surprise attack on an ill-prepared city. During that night of confusion and violence, 21 Australian and 6 Japanese service personnel lost their lives. Sydney At War recounts the events of that fateful... more

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THERE'S NOTHING THAT DOESN'T TAKE TIME

THERE'S NOTHING THAT DOESN'T TAKE TIME

1981 (G) 7 min

A mini film from Hatoma showing a 76-year-old woman weaving a basket for the fishing. During the task, which takes from morning till late afternoon, she talks about herself and her life. Available only in the collection of four films made by Solrun Hoaas on Hatoma Island: THE HATOMA FILMS. more

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TOTEM & ORE

TOTEM & ORE

2019 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 98 min

In Australia, British atomic bomb testing ran from 1953 to 1963 at Emu Field and Maralinga in South Australia. Indigenous communities had to live with the impact of these tests – testing that infected many with radioactive fallout. more

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WAITING FOR WATER

WAITING FOR WATER

1981 (G) 27 min

Available only in the collection of four films made by Solrun Hoaas on Hatoma Island: THE HATOMA FILMS. more

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WHEN MRS HEGARTY COMES TO JAPAN

WHEN MRS HEGARTY COMES TO JAPAN

1992 (PG) 59 min

A penetrating examination of cross cultural existence and exchange. Filled with quirky juxtapositions, generational gaps, and diverse outlooks on life - sometimes hilarious, sometimes sobering. more

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