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The Japan Foundation Jakarta will hold the Japanese Film Festival 2016. Like the previous year, this event will present some live-action and animated movies from Japan. Recently it is announced that this event will also screen Takayuki Nagai’s The Anthem of The Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da in its Japanese title).

This announcement was made in the teaser video of Japanese Film Festival 2016 which was uploaded on Friday (30/9). This teaser showed the visual key from The Anthem of The Heart movie. Indonesian actress, Chelsea Islan also make an appearance to encourage people to attend this event.

In 2013, the Anohana Movie managed to touch the hearts of million in theatre all across Japan. Fall 2015, the genius creative staff behind the Anohana Movie are back! Director Tatsuyuki Nagai, Scripwriter Mari Okada and Character Designer Masayoshi Tanaka are bringing fans on all-new ode to youth set in the beautiful city of Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture. This totally original animated film is called The Anthem of The Heart. This story is sure to capture the hearts of many as it illustrates the bonds between people through notable music such as “Pathetique”, “Over The Rainbow”, and “Around The World”.

Here is the synopsis of The Anthem of The Heart:

“Jun Naruse is a girl who carries the guilt of breaking up her family with the words she carelessly uttered when she was young. Suddenly, a mysterious “Egg Fairy” appears in front of Jun and casts a curse on her so that she can never hurt anybody with her words. One day, her teacher appoints Jun and three other students as members of the Regional Friendship Exchange Executive Comittee. As it turns out, the appointed group is a rather unexpected mix of students; they all suffer from emotional trauma just like Jun.”

For the 2016 film festival, previously there are five titles that has been confirmed to be included for screening. They are:

  • Chihayafuru part 1 and 2 – A live action adaptation of the popular shoujo manga by Yuki Suetsugu about competitive Hyakunin Isshu karuta game. The film is written and directed by Norihiro Koizumi and starring Suzu Hirose and Shuhei Nomura.
  • What a Wonderful Family (Kazoku wa Tsurai yo) – A family comedy directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Yu Aoi and Tsumabuki Satoshi.
  • Creepy – A thriller film adapted from a mystery novel by Yutaka Maekawa. The film is directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and starring Hidetoshi Nakajima and Yuko Takeuchi.
  • Tsukiji Wonderland – A documentary about the famous Tsukiji Fish Market directed by Naotaro Endo.
  • The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko) – An animated fantasy film from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda. You can read our staff review of the film here.

Aside from film screenings, the Japanese Film Festival 2016 will also host other activities related to Japanese films and Japanese culture. Details about schedule and ticketing price for each screening has yet to be released. This event will be held on 24-27 November 2016 at the Cinemaxx Theatre in fx Sudirman, Jakarta.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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