Don’t Miss These Japanese Films During NYICFF!

The New York International Children’s Film Festival 2020 is just around the corner and will be highlighting the cinematic achievements of Japan in an exciting Friends & Neighbors program! The Festival is packed full of fantastic film programs for your family this year and, even better, they are offering $2 off each ticket to Japanese feature-length and short films!

Celebrate Japan’s rich film and cultural history in a breathtaking range of styles including NYICFF’s opening night film Children of the Sea, the musical-genre bending comedy On-Gaku: Our Sound, the Friends & Neighbors: Japan short film program, and many others!

Children of the Sea

Friday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Admission: $17.50
(March 8 screening is sold out)

East Coast Premiere
Animation, Ayumu Watanabe; 2019, 111 min
Recommended ages: 10+
In Japanese, with English subtitles

Adapted from the acclaimed manga comes this visually dazzling, mind-bending aquatic mystery. Ruka’s dad is so absorbed in his studies at the aquarium that he hardly notices when she befriends Umi and Sora. Like Ruka, the mysterious duo has the unique ability to hear the call of the sea and its endangered creatures. Together, can they save them?
*Depicts alcoholic parent

 

On-Gaku: Our Sound

Saturday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m.
Scandinavia House – 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets)
Admission: $14.50

Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Cinépolis Chelsea – 260 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Admission: $14.50

Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m.
IFC Center – 323 Avenue of the Americas (at W. 3rd Street)
Admission: $14.50

US Premiere
Animation, Kenji Iwaisawa; 2019, 71 min
Recommended ages: 12+
In Japanese, with English subtitles

From grunge to genius, On-Gaku turns it up to eleven musically and visually! Kenji and his two buddies are considered the toughs in their high school. Only clever Aya knows their too-cool-for-school attitude is a total act, until a bass guitar unexpectedly ends up in Kenji’s hands. With its deadpan humor, fresh animation style, and upending of the high school musical genre, there’s no wonder this film won the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival’s top prize.
*Some mature language and threat of menace

 

Bento Harassment

Sunday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m.
SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Admission: $14.50
(March 1 screening is sold out)

East Coast Premiere
Live Action, Renpei Tsukamoto; 2019, 106 min
Recommended ages: 10+
In Japanese, with English subtitles

Can food speak louder than words? With Futaba’s mother tired of her teen’s icy attitude, she’ll try an unusual tactic to get her to talk—by way of her bento lunch box. For an entire school term, Futaba opens box after box, each designed with its own cringe-worthy message. An offbeat story of growing up, Bento Harassment will leave audiences laughing…and hungry.

 

Magic Boy

Saturday, February 29 at 5:00 p.m.
Scandinavia House – 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets)
Admission: $14.50

Sunday, March 8 at 10:45 a.m.
IFC Center – 323 Avenue of the Americas (at W. 3rd Street)
Admission: $14.50

Animation, Akira Daikuhara, Taiji Yabushita; 1961, 83 min
Recommended ages: 8+
In English

Anime? Check. Disney-inspired cute critters? Check. Beautiful colors? Do you even have to ask?! NYICFF’s Festival Flashback is a groundbreaker: the first-ever anime film released in the US (from renowned Toei Studios), and quite possibly the inspiration for the lovably goofy ninjas-in-training of Naruto. Step back in time and follow Sasuke’s adventures from the very beginning!

 

Friends & Neighbors: Japan

Saturday, February 29 at 12:30 p.m.
SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Admission: $14.50

Sunday, March 1 at 11:45 a.m.
Cinépolis Chelsea – 260 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Admission: $14.50

Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m.
Cinépolis Chelsea – 260 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Admission: $14.50

Recommended ages: 9+
Program runtime: 75 min.

There’s so much depth to this program: the hand-drawn artistry of master animator and NYICFF alum Koji Yamamura’s world premiere, Dreams into Drawing; the stop-motion nod to traditional Japanese puppetry in Gon, the Little Fox; and the manga-style zapszings, and pows of Onomatopoeia Rap, and more. Click here to learn more about all nine of the shorts that NYICFF will screen.

NYICFF is the largest and most prestigious children’s film festival in North America. During four weekends February 21 to March 15, the Oscar-qualifying Festival welcomes more than 25,000 young people, parents, and movie-lovers to screenings, filmmaker Q&As, red carpets, and more. Presenting the best new animation, live-action, documentary, and experimental film from across the globe, NYICFF invites the community of all ages to explore the world through challenging, thought-provoking, and inspiring film.

JCNYC20

NYICFF is generously offering JapanCultureNYC readers a discount! Use promo code JCNYC20 to receive a $2 per ticket discount for their Friends & Neighbors: Japan program, featuring four feature films and a short film program.

For NYICFF’s full lineup of films — not just the Japanese ones! — please visit their website. To purchase tickets go to nyicff.org/tickets and use the code JCNYC20 at check out!

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