Last Thursday saw the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) kick off for 2017. I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP which was held at ACMI at Federation Square. The event was really swish with delicious finger food and Japanese drinks on hand. It was a particularly hot day so it was a great time for me to discover the wonders of the Choya can, a carbonated alcoholic plum wine drink. There will be more of this in my future! There was also a screening of one of the films from the festival, Mumon: The Land Of Stealth, showing on the opening night as part of the proceedings. It was a great film full of ninjas, drama, comedy, stunning choreography and intrigue. Fans of J-Pop idol group, Arashi, will best run along to catch Satoshi Ohno in the lead role. Not only is he the leader of the hugely popular group but he nailed the lead role with loads of humour and a really hilarious moment when he breaks the 4th wall.
The Festival is on right now so check out the official site for the complete show listing along with screening times and locations to catch these awesome films!
If you’re going to be in the Melbourne CBD this weekend, then swing past Federation Square on Sunday 28th of February for the annual Japanese Summer Festival. It’s always a fun day out with entertainment, special guests, food, drink and cosplay as far as the eye can see!! It runs from 12PM – 6PM and there are usually fantastic raffle prizes as well. If you want more info, then check out the official Facebook page.
This Saturday just past in Melbourne, the 5th of May, an event in Melbourne’s Federation Square was staged of epic proportions. An event bringing hundreds of people together in an attempt at breaking a world record for the highest number of people in one space dressed as video game characters.
Called COSGAME 2012 – Largest Crowd Dressed as Video Game Characters, the event was co-ordinated on social media site, Facebook, the event was an official record breaking attempt recognised by the Guinness World Records. So we’re happy to report that the previous record of 425 participants in Wisconsin, USA last year was smashed with an official number of 470 people in attendance dressed as Mario & Luigi’s, Lara Crofts, Ezio, Pac-Man and many, many more video game favourites and some more not so well known but taking to the stage as well.
We unfortunately weren’t in attendance but good friend of Japandaman Dailies, Matt Murphy, was and took the amazing pictures seen below. Matt also took part in the record breaking attempt so a big kudos to him for taking the time out to grab these snaps. Matt also has a very cool YouTube channel where he goes under the moniker, Dark Messiah24 so be sure to add him and subscribe! He’s a wealth of Otaku knowledge!