Cult Japan

03 Jul 2015 – 2 Sep 2015 | GOMA | Cinema A

'Cult Japan' celebrates the strange and outrageous in post-war Japanese cinema. The program includes underground and cult classics; Japan's unique variation on horror and action cinema; and the excessive, surreal and kitsch depictions of love, revenge and technology that have made Japanese genre cinema an international success.

'Cult Japan' is presented across a series of thematic strands: Strange Creatures and Dark Cities brings together science fiction and monster movies alongside anime favourites and films imagining a future of machines and social disorder; Cursed People and Places features allegories of human existence and karma expressed through ghost stories and the representation of strange and malevolent forces; Tough Guys and Dangerous Women includes stories of honour and vengeance drawn from the tradition of Japanese yakuza and exploitation cinema; and The Body Electric explores the body and technology and the boundaries of desire, morality and physical transformation. These strands are accompanied by a retrospective of Hayao Miyazaki, Japan's most celebrated animator and director whose hand-crafted fables explore the environment, social justice and the adventures of young women growing up.

Ticket Prices

Purchase online or at the GOMA Box Office from one hour prior to film screenings.


Adult: $9
Concession: $7*
Member: $6


Adult: $36
Concession: $28*
Member: $24

Bring your friends and win! Purchase a 5-film pass to one film screening and go into the draw to win a set of 40 Masters of Cinema books, courtesy of Phaidon, valued at over $500. Online sales only. Winner will be notified via email by 11 September.

Booking fees apply online
5-film pass: 5 tickets to 1 film, or 5 tickets to multiple films
*Valid pensioner, seniors or FT student card required. Child aged 2–12 years, under 2 years free
†Valid QAGOMA Member or Foundation Card required

QAGOMA thanks The National Film Centre, National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo; The Japan Foundation, Tokyo and Sydney; and the National Film and Sound Archive Australia for generously providing prints for this program. Program curated by José Da Silva, Australian Cinémathèque.


Strange Creatures and Dark Cities

Gojira (Godzilla) 1954 | Director: Ishirô Honda
Matango (Attack of the Mushroom People) 1963 | Director: Ishirô Honda
Furankenshutain no Kaijū: Sanda tai Gaira (The War of the Gargantuas) 1966 | Director: Ishirô Honda
Kaijū Sōshingeki (Destroy All Monsters) 1968 | Director: Ishirô Honda
Akira 1988 | Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Kôkaku kidôtai (Ghost in the Shell) 1995 | Director: Mamoru Oshii
Batoru rowaiaru (Battle Royale) 2000 | Director/Script: Kinji Fukasaku
Deddo Rībusu (Dead Leaves) 2004 | Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Papurika (Paprika) 2006 | Director: Satoshi Kon
Dai-Nihonjin (Big Man Japan) 2007 | Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto

Cursed People and Places

Kurutta Ippêji (A Page of Madness) 1926 | Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Jigoku (Hell) 1960 | Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Onibaba (Demon Hag) 1964 | Director: Kaneto Shindô
Hausu (House) 1977 | Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Ringu (Ring) 1998 | Director: Hideo Nakata
Kyua (Cure) 1997 | Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Jisatsu Sākuru (Suicide Club) 2002 | Director: Sion Sono
Bizhitā Kyū (Visitor Q) 2001 | Director: Takashi Miike
Ju-on (Ju-on: The Grudge) 2002 | Director: Takashi Shimizu
Honogurai Mizu no soko kara (Dark Water) 2002 | Director: Hideo Nakata
Katakuri-ke no kôfuku (The Happiness of the Katakuris) 2001 | Director: Takashi Miike

Tough Guys and Dangerous Women

Tōkyō nagaremono (Tokyo Drifter) 1966 | Director: Seijun Suzuki
Joshū Nana-maru-ichi Gō: Sasori (Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion) 1972 | Director: Shunya Itô
Shurayukihime (Lady Snowblood)
1973 | Director: Toshiya Fujita
Hana-bi (Fireworks) 1997 | Director: Takeshi Kitano
Ôdishon (Audition) 1999 | Director: Takashi Miike
Koroshiya Ichi (Ichi the Killer) 2001 | Director: Takashi Miike
Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu
(Gozu) 2003 | Director: Takashi Miike
RoboGeisha 2009 | Director: Noboru Iguchi
Autoreiji (Outrage) 2010 | Director: Takeshi Kitano
Jigoku de naze warui (Why Don't You Play in Hell?) 2013 | Director: Sion Sono

The Body Electric

Suna no Onna (The Woman in the Dunes) 1964 | Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Yūkoku (Patriotism aka The Rite of Love and Death) 1966 | Director: Yukio Mishima
Bara no Sōretsu (Funeral Parade of Roses)
1969 | Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (Emperor Tomato Ketchup) 1971 | Director: Shūji Terayama
Ai no korîda (In the Realm of the Senses) 1976 | Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Bakuretsu Toshi (Burst City) 1982 | Director:
Gakuryû Ishii (Sogo Ishii)
Tetsuo (Tetsuo: The Iron Man) 1989 | Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Hanai Sachiko no karei na shōgai (The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai) 2003 | Director: Mitsuru Meike
Ai no mukidashi (Love Exposure) 2008 |
Director: Sino Sono
Tōkyō Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police) 2008 | Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Hayao Miyazaki

Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro) 1979 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind) 1984 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (Castle in the Sky)
1986 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) 1988 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Majo no takkyûbin (Kiki's Delivery Service) 1989 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Kurenai no buta (Porco Rosso) 1992 | Director: Hayao
Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke) 1997 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) 2001 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Hauru no ugoku shiro (Howl's Moving Castle) 2004 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki />Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) 2008 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Kaze tachinu (The Wind Rises) 2013 | Director: Hayao Miyazaki