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April 27, 2018
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Three Films That Perfectly Capture Hokkaido’s Cinematic Beauty
June 12, 2018
Sitting right up on one of the northernmost corners of Japan, Hokkaido is generally known for two things: great dairy and lots and lots of snow. With its cooler climate and rugged
LIFESTYLE
Japanese Weddings On Film: Western Vows And Shrines Whispers
June 12, 2018
Japan is a study in contrasts — a nation where modern foreign influences and ancient traditions collide. It is also a land of seasonal celebrations, where each month is assigned a
NEWS
Looking back at Singapore & JFF 2017
June 07, 2018
The Japanese Film Festival of Singapore was held on March 2, 2018, and Shinobu Yaguchi―director of opening movie “The Survival Family”―attended the event as a guest. As well as att
TRAVEL
Two Ends, Two Sights: Hokkaido and Okinawa in Popular Japanese Cinema
April 27, 2018
Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost, second-largest island and the nation’s largest prefecture, contrasts considerably with Okinawa, the southernmost, fourth-smallest prefecture, itself
GENERAL
J-Cinema Spotlight: Rising Stars Taishi Nakagawa and Kengo Kora
April 27, 2018
Following in the footsteps of veteran male actors such as Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada and Yutaka Takeuchi, a cadre of young Japanese thespians continue to make their presence kno
GENERAL
3 Actresses Currently Rocking Japan’s Movie Screens
April 06, 2018
When we think of the Japanese women that grace the big screen, characteristics that come to mind are classic looks, undeniable cuteness and versatile talent. But in recent years, J
LIFESTYLE
4 Japanese Movies That Show What’s It Like To Drop Everything And Start Anew In Tokyo
April 06, 2018
Moving to Tokyo, the big city many living in Japan’s rural areas oftentimes naively dream of, is a rite of passage many young Japanese people take. Whether it’s to enter university
FOOD
Of Food And Human Bondage: 4 Japanese Movies Where Love And Food Go Hand In Hand
April 06, 2018
Japan places an enormous importance on food and its culture not only due to the nature and origin of producing it, but because food is seen as an essential process through which hu
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Fleeting Beauty: A Film Journey Through 4 Of Japan’s Most Scenic Sakura Locations
March 19, 2018
Sakura, Japan’s cherry blossoms, are more than just beautiful for the Japanese. With a cultural significance dating back hundreds of years, sakura is a symbol of the arrival of spr
LIFESTYLE
4 Japanese Movies To Watch Before High School Graduation
March 02, 2018
It is often said in Japan that the three years spent in high school are some of the most important years in the life of a Japanese youth. It is here that Japan’s teens are beginnin
GENERAL
J-Cinema Spotlight: Rising Stars Taishi Nakagawa and Kengo Kora
April 27, 2018
Following in the footsteps of veteran male actors such as Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada and Yutaka Takeuchi, a cadre of young Japanese thespians continue to make their presence kno
GENERAL
3 Actresses Currently Rocking Japan’s Movie Screens
April 06, 2018
When we think of the Japanese women that grace the big screen, characteristics that come to mind are classic looks, undeniable cuteness and versatile talent. But in recent years, J
GENERAL
4 Makoto Shinkai Films You Should Know (that aren’t Your Name)
January 26, 2018
Your Name, the heartwarming story of two high-school students on an emotional, consciousness-swapping journey to find one another, took just two weeks to become a domestic and glob
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Silent Fear: 3 Japanese Horror Movies Remade Overseas
November 17, 2017
The global popularity of horror movies reveals something universal and fundamental about humans: we actively seek out frightening themes to intentionally scare ourselves, and we li
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Faces Behind The Screen: 4 Japanese Actors You Should Know
November 10, 2017
Since cinema was first introduced in Japan in the late 19th Century, the country has given birth to hundreds of legendary movie icons, many of whom are now widely recognized overse
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7 Japanese Movies That Have Won International Awards
September 20, 2017
With one of the world’s oldest and most highly developed film industries, it’s no surprise that Japanese works have made their way to the outside world and found wide acclaim. Fact
LIFESTYLE
Japanese Weddings On Film: Western Vows And Shrines Whispers
June 12, 2018
Japan is a study in contrasts — a nation where modern foreign influences and ancient traditions collide. It is also a land of seasonal celebrations, where each month is assigned a
LIFESTYLE
4 Japanese Movies That Show What’s It Like To Drop Everything And Start Anew In Tokyo
April 06, 2018
Moving to Tokyo, the big city many living in Japan’s rural areas oftentimes naively dream of, is a rite of passage many young Japanese people take. Whether it’s to enter university
LIFESTYLE
4 Japanese Movies To Watch Before High School Graduation
March 02, 2018
It is often said in Japan that the three years spent in high school are some of the most important years in the life of a Japanese youth. It is here that Japan’s teens are beginnin
LIFESTYLE
5 Japanese Movies That Will Warm Your Heart This Winter
December 27, 2017
Up in the north and along Japan’s seas, the winter is cold and severe. But while the world outside is whitened before our eyes, the stories in the following movies set in wintertim
LIFESTYLE
Beyond Hatsumode And Otoshidama: New Year Traditions As Seen In Japanese Movies
December 27, 2017
Every country has its own unique traditions and practices for celebrating the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one. In Japan, it is the “osechi” New Year dishes, “hat
LIFESTYLE
For The Love Of The Game: Sport And Youth In Japanese Movies
September 20, 2017
The three years spent in high school — and for some late bloomers, universities — is a rite of passage for Japanese youth. During this time, teens learn the key tenets fundamental
LIFESTYLE
7 Legendary Japanese Movie Soundtracks
September 20, 2017
In Japanese film, we often find a blurring of the lines between characters’ dialogue and the lyrics of any given theme song — so much so that the narrative thrust of the film is of
LIFESTYLE
Popular Japanese Literature On Screen
September 20, 2017
While manga-to-film adaptations have steadily grown in popularity, acclaimed Japanese literature has long been and remains now an unsurprisingly rich source of narratives for filme
LIFESTYLE
From Street Kawaii To School Chic: Fashion In Japanese Movies
August 22, 2017
It is a commonly held notion that Japan is home to an overwhelmingly monocultural society, with strong fundamental pillars that resist variation from the norm and shift very slowly
TRAVEL
Three Films That Perfectly Capture Hokkaido’s Cinematic Beauty
June 12, 2018
Sitting right up on one of the northernmost corners of Japan, Hokkaido is generally known for two things: great dairy and lots and lots of snow. With its cooler climate and rugged
TRAVEL
Two Ends, Two Sights: Hokkaido and Okinawa in Popular Japanese Cinema
April 27, 2018
Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost, second-largest island and the nation’s largest prefecture, contrasts considerably with Okinawa, the southernmost, fourth-smallest prefecture, itself
TRAVEL
Fleeting Beauty: A Film Journey Through 4 Of Japan’s Most Scenic Sakura Locations
March 19, 2018
Sakura, Japan’s cherry blossoms, are more than just beautiful for the Japanese. With a cultural significance dating back hundreds of years, sakura is a symbol of the arrival of spr
TRAVEL
Scenic Japan: Travel To Japan’s Most Beautiful Places With These Movies (Part II)
January 22, 2018
After traveling from Hokkaido to Aichi in central Japan in Part I of our film journey throughout Japan, we’re now heading down south from Shimane to Okinawa. Push play and join us
TRAVEL
Scenic Japan: Travel To Japan’s Most Beautiful Places With These Movies (Part I)
November 17, 2017
Iconic Mt. Fuji, Tokyo’s skyscrapers looming above the seemingly chaotic yet surprisingly civil “scramble intersections,” food and fun in Osaka’s Dotonbori neighborhood, and the te
TRAVEL
7 Movie Locations You Can Actually Visit In Japan
September 20, 2017
When films truly touch us, particularly when the settings play a very prominent role in the narrative, there can be something magical about personally setting foot on a production
NEWS
Looking back at Singapore & JFF 2017
June 07, 2018
The Japanese Film Festival of Singapore was held on March 2, 2018, and Shinobu Yaguchi―director of opening movie “The Survival Family”―attended the event as a guest. As well as att
NEWS
Japanese Film Festival in Indonesia Kengo Kora
February 07, 2018
On 2 November 2017, actor Kengo Kora appeared as a special guest at the opening event of the Japan Film Festival 2017, held in Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta. As well as attendin
NEWS
Reception party report for Asian Filming networking
January 05, 2018
On Friday 27 October 2017, the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival held an event as part of these organisations’ activities for Asia-focused film
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Film Director Ryota Nakano talks with Naoyuki Sato in commemoration of the screening of Her Love Boils Bathwater at the Japanese Film Festival in the Philippines
December 20, 2017
Film director Ryota Nakano, famed for his 2016 film Her Love Boils Bathwater, visited the Philippines from July 6 to 9, 2017, at the invitation of the Japan Foundation, Manila. Imm
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Japanese Film Festival in India Yuna Taira
December 15, 2017
The Japanese Film Festival India was held in the Indian capital of New Delhi on 10 November 2017. Lead actress from the festival’s opening film ReLIFE, Yuna Taira, and producer Yuk
NEWS
Japanese Film Festival 2017 in Malaysia Takumi Saitoh
December 11, 2017
Actor and filmmaker Takumi Saitoh joined the opening event of the Japanese Film Festival 2017, held on 5 September in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, as a special guest. A
NEWS
Four muses: bringing life to the Japanese silver screen
December 08, 2017
Japanese actresses Sakura Ando, Yu Aoi, Hikari Mitsushima, and Aoi Miyazaki graced the red carpet at the opening ceremony of Asia’s largest film festival, the 30th Tokyo Internatio
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The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival dazzles audiences once again
December 04, 2017
The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival dazzles audiences once again The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on 25 October. The opening
NEWS
The Japan Foundation announces launch of Japan-China film collaboration
November 08, 2017
On Thursday 26 October, 2017, the Japan Foundation, UNIJAPAN, and the announced that they will launch a Japan-China film collaboration project in which films from each other’s coun
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Welcome to the JFF Web Magazine!
October 25, 2017
Dear JFF fans, Welcome to the JFF Web Magazine! Film is a medium that enables us to understand different cultures. Through its powerful storytelling and visual techniques, it has t
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