The Japan Foundation Jakarta will held Japanese Film Festival again for this year. On Thursday (10/6) the event organizer has launched its official site. On that site, it is announced that JFF will also be held in Yogyakarta.
In Yogyakarta itself, this event will be held on November 28th until December 3rd. The JFF event in Yogyakarta is held in collaboration with Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF).
Here is the list of films that will be screened in Japanese Film Festival 2016:
- 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.
- The Anthem of The Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da) – animation movie presented by the production team of series and movie of Anohana. Just like Anohana, it presents the beauty of Chichibu City as the background of this film.
- Sweet Red Bean Paste (An) – A film directed by Naomi Kawase, told about Sentaro, a dorayaki cake maker who didn’t really passionate on his job because of an incident in past. However one day an old granny came to him and gave Sentaro her homemade dorayaki. Sentaro surprised on how delicious that dorayaki was, especially the taste of the an (red bean paste) inside the cake. Later, he decided to help that granny to create dorayaki.
- The Magnificent Nine (Tono, Risoku de Gozaru) – a comedy drama film that told the story of the lower class in Japan’s 18th century era. This film is directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
- The Mohican Comes Home (Mohican Kokyo ni Kaeru) – a drama comedy film that told the story of a death metal band member who was forced to comeback to his hometown because of her wife was going to gave a birth. This film is directed by Shuichi Okita.
In Jakarta, the event will be held on October 24-27, 2016 on Cinemaxx Theater fx Sudirman, South Jakarta. This event is held by The Japan Foundation Jakarta, and starting from this year, it will become an annual event. In the previous Japanese Film Festival (2015), a number of Japanese live action and animated films were presented, among them are Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Hideaki Anno’s Evangelion: 3.0 You can (not) redo, Naoko Yamada’s Tamako -Love Story-, and Mizuho Nishikubo’s Giovanni’s Island.
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