Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 Pre-Event
Monday, November 15 through Sunday, November 21
The Japan Foundation organized Japanese Film Festival (JFF), a project the organization created with the aim to share the excitement of Japanese cinema with the world. As one portion of JFF, the Japan Foundation will hold the Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 in 25 countries simultaneously for two weeks in February of next year.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people around the world have been facing tremendous uncertainty, loneliness, and grief. As a response to this, last year JFF launched an online film festival in hopes that Japanese films would be able to provide some positivity and light into viewers’ lives, even if only a little.
By offering viewers a chance to enjoy different works showcasing the various facets of Japan—such as the beautiful, vibrant scenery and seasons; the colorful, appetizing Japanese food; a unique society where tradition and modernity co-exist—it is the Japan Foundation’s hope that viewers will feel revitalized and be inspired to visit Japan again someday.
The Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 is scheduled for February 14 through 27, and the lineup will be announced in January. As the Japan Foundation continues preparations for the festival, the organization is giving all of us an opportunity to catch up on some of the popular titles from last year in case you missed it. These five titles will be FREE to watch from November 15 through 21.
CAN’T STOP THE DANCING
Shinobu Yaguchi | 2019 | Musical Comedy |103 mins
Starring Ayaka Miyoshi, Yu Yashiro, chay
Shizuka works at a big Tokyo trading company and harbors a secret crush on her dashing boss. One weekend she takes her niece to visit a carnival hypnotist to inspire her for an upcoming school musical. But it is Shizuka who falls under the spell, and she is soon breaking uncontrollably into song and dance whenever she hears music. Shizuka must embark on a cross-country hunt for the hypnotist to break the spell, singing and dancing all the way!
Little Nights, Little Love
Rikiya Imaizumi | 2019 | Romance | 119 mins
Starring Haruma Miura, Mikako Tabe, Taizo Harada
Sato is an employee conducting a survey in front of Sendai Station. Saki takes the survey, and the two ultimately become a couple. Ten years later, Sato proposes to Saki on their tenth anniversary.
GON, THE LITTLE FOX
Yashiro Takeshi | 2019 | Animation | 27 mins
When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, discovers that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischief by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day. But Hyoju doesn’t realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax.
Tora-san in Goto
Masaru Oura | 2016 | Documentary | 114 mins
A documentary shot over a period of 22 years beginning in 1993, Tora-san in Goto chronicles a large family who makes a living as udon noodle makers on the Goto Archipelago in Nagasaki Prefecture. Inuzuka Torao, known as “Tora of Goto,” runs the business. Every day, his seven children wake up at 5:00 a.m., help with the business for an hour, then head for school. The children grow up during the course of the documentary.
The Great Passage
Ishii Yuya | 2013 | Drama, Romance | 133 mins
Publishing house salesman Majime (Matsuda Ryuhei) has an earnestness about him that sets him apart from his peers. But he has a discerning sensibility when it comes to language, which lands him in the dictionary editorial department. He ends up editing The Great Passage, a huge dictionary with 240,000 entries.
To enjoy these films, please visit the JFF website to create your account.