He will be attending both the VIP Opening Night Gala prior to the film screening of The Great Passage at Event Cinemas, George Street.
For film and sporting fans alike, this is an extremely rare opportunity to see Ono, a prolific international athlete that is the perfect representative of cross-cultural connections between Japan and Australia.
Joining him on red carpet are the Acting-Consul General, Mr Kobayashi and Associate Producer Ken Isaacs (Blindly in Love screening 16 November)
The 17th Japanese Film Festival begins this Thursday for 11 days, until 24 November at Event Cinemas, George Street.
For program details and bookings, please go to www.japanesefilmfestival.net
Opening night film tickets are still available, but selling fast!
Twitter: @japanfilmfest / #jff17