What do you get for nothing? Mostly shorts, conveniently grouped into a variety of themes: experimental, documentary, local filmmakers, comedy, "Dark Side" and "Culture Clash," plus two screenings of "Wabi Sabi" films. That latter section is particularly intriguing for a Westerner; "wabi sabi" has been described as "a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience." Several feature-length films are also included. Jellyfish looks at an accordion-loving restaurant worker and his best friend, a constantly-dreaming mathematician. Rock N Tokyo documents Japanese rock and rollers Guitar Wolf (Wild Zero), The 5678's (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), Jet Boys and Nine. Bondi Tsumani "follows the psychedelic adventures of four punked-up manga-inspired Japanese characters ... as they travel up the East Coast of Australia." Biographies of the filmmakers can also be found on the site. The Kansai International Film Festival seizes the heart of Osaka during the weekend of August 24-26.
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