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    The 1st JFF Audience Survey Results from 14 Countries
    March 31, 2020 22 Likes
    The Japan Foundation has held, among the other projects, Japanese Film Festivals (JFFs) in many countries. Since its start in 2016, the JFF Project has expanded to promote Japanese
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    Sweat and Glory: 5 of the most memorable Japanese sports movies to date
    March 30, 2020 20 Likes
    Every four years, the Olympic and Paralympic Games draw in millions of spectators around the world because they exemplify fundamental values that we humans cherish the most: resili
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    The Timeless Joy of Studio Ghibli
    March 30, 2020 9696 Likes
    Picture this: Our protagonist, a young Jiro, deftly crosses his roof toward an aircraft adorned with bird-like wings. Upon clambering into the cockpit, he spins up the rotor, and t
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    Diversity, Creativity, Boldness: The 15 female directors behind the film '21st Century Girl'
    March 29, 2020 39505 Likes
    The scene of Mel Gibson intensely putting on black tights and mascara while experiencing his first-ever wax in a bid to understand what women really want in Nancy Meyers’ 200
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    Behind One of Asia’s Top Cinematographers: An Interview with Hideho Urata
    March 28, 2020 7477 Likes
    Whenever we think of movies and the people behind them, we commonly think of the director, the actors, the screenwriter, and occasionally, the producer. However, the craft of filmm
    NEWS
    JFF India: The Crimes That Bind – An Interview with Producer Hidenori Iyoda
    March 27, 2020 27385 Likes
    Twenty-five Japanese films were screened in Mumbai this January (2020) for the 3rd Japanese Film Festival in India (JFF India) which was presented by the Japan Foundation. One of t
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    JFF India: Dance with Me – An Interview with Producer Daisuke Sekiguchi
    March 27, 2020 37086 Likes
    The 3rd Japanese Film Festival in India (JFF India) presented by the Japan Foundation, is touring across 7 cities in India over the 2019-20 season – the largest number of cities in
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    Haruki Murakami on film: The three live adaptation titles released in Japan so far
    March 26, 2020 23075 Likes
    Every fall, as the announcement of the Nobel Prize of Literature approaches, a distinct group of people gathers at a bar in Tokyo clutching books and framed photos, praying that, a
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    Interview: Eiko Tanaka, Producer of "Children of the Sea", after the premiere at JFF Russia
    March 26, 2020 30947 Likes
    In December 2019, the animated film, Children of the Sea (2019) was screened at the 53rd Japanese Film Festival in Russia (JFF Russia) hosted by the Japan Foundation. Ruka, a junio
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    Cats in Japan: Popularity, spirituality, and 5 heartwarming movies to watch if you love them
    March 25, 2020 24432 Likes
    It’s 2020 and the world is taken by a storm with the first-ever film adaptation of the musical “Cats,” a show that has won the hearts of millions across the globe
    GENERAL
    Sweat and Glory: 5 of the most memorable Japanese sports movies to date
    March 30, 2020 20 Likes
    Every four years, the Olympic and Paralympic Games draw in millions of spectators around the world because they exemplify fundamental values that we humans cherish the most: resili
    GENERAL
    Diversity, Creativity, Boldness: The 15 female directors behind the film '21st Century Girl'
    March 29, 2020 39505 Likes
    The scene of Mel Gibson intensely putting on black tights and mascara while experiencing his first-ever wax in a bid to understand what women really want in Nancy Meyers’ 200
    GENERAL
    Behind One of Asia’s Top Cinematographers: An Interview with Hideho Urata
    March 28, 2020 7477 Likes
    Whenever we think of movies and the people behind them, we commonly think of the director, the actors, the screenwriter, and occasionally, the producer. However, the craft of filmm
    GENERAL
    MULTIPLE LANGUAGE
    Haruki Murakami on film: The three live adaptation titles released in Japan so far
    March 26, 2020 23075 Likes
    Every fall, as the announcement of the Nobel Prize of Literature approaches, a distinct group of people gathers at a bar in Tokyo clutching books and framed photos, praying that, a
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    4 of the most successful low-budget Japanese movies (after ‘One Cut of the Dead’)
    March 18, 2020 21323 Likes
    The modern film technology has exceeded our wildest dreams. We watch movies on giant (and tiny) screens; we’re thunderstruck by displays that breathe life into every color and shap
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    6 Naomi Kawase movies to check out before her official film of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    March 17, 2020 31681 Likes
    Before the start of each Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the Games review proposals from filmmakers wishing to direct the officia
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    These are the most anticipated Japanese movies of 2020
    February 28, 2020 11536 Likes
    It doesn’t take long into the new year to know that 2020 will launch the beginning of another excellent decade for the Japanese cinema. From the long-anticipated return of tw
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    The 10 best Japanese movies of 2019!
    January 31, 2020 17973 Likes
    As 2019 comes to an end, Japanese Film Festival Magazine’s editors look back at the movies that stood out this year for their inspiring storytelling, creative cinematography, and i
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    Obon in Japan: 3 Films About Love, Loss and Carrying On
    August 29, 2019 26875 Likes
    Among painful experiences, losing people and things that are most precious to us is right at the top. To soothe the heart as well as honor the dead, Japan celebrates the festival o
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    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: 3 Movies for Mountain Day
    August 22, 2019 27497 Likes
    When you think of Japan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Mt. Fuji, right? Japan’s highest mountain has inspired many visitors to see its iconic shape in person. But Fuji
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    Cats in Japan: Popularity, spirituality, and 5 heartwarming movies to watch if you love them
    March 25, 2020 24432 Likes
    It’s 2020 and the world is taken by a storm with the first-ever film adaptation of the musical “Cats,” a show that has won the hearts of millions across the globe
    LIFESTYLE
    ‘My Dad Is a Heel Wrestler’: A tale of the many forms of fatherly love in Japan
    January 29, 2020 42876 Likes
     “My dream is to become bigger. My dad is very big, but I’m small, so I want to eat lots of my mom’s food and become big like my dad. If I can grow to be big and strong, I think t
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    Japan’s ‘Customer is God’ culture in the spotlight in Keigo Higashino’s latest mystery on screen, ‘Masquerade Hotel’
    December 30, 2019 47940 Likes
     The button on her jacket fell off, so she called the front-desk clerk to her room to search for it. His computer accidentally deleted the last entered data, so he forced the hote
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    ‘The Fable’: An action-packed appeal for work-life balance
    December 30, 2019 33266 Likes
     It’s never a good sign when a country comes down to inventing a phrase to describe “death from overwork.” So when Japan came up with karoshi, a term coined in 1978 to describe su
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    ‘A Banana? At This Time of Night?’: Lessons from Yasuaki Shikano, the physically disabled man who chose freedom
    October 08, 2019 24288 Likes
    A year ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, in July 2019 Japan made a historical leap forward: two wheelchair-bound politicians, Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura, w
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    Obon in Japan: 3 Films About Love, Loss and Carrying On
    August 29, 2019 26875 Likes
    Among painful experiences, losing people and things that are most precious to us is right at the top. To soothe the heart as well as honor the dead, Japan celebrates the festival o
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    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: 3 Movies for Mountain Day
    August 22, 2019 27497 Likes
    When you think of Japan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Mt. Fuji, right? Japan’s highest mountain has inspired many visitors to see its iconic shape in person. But Fuji
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    3 Films Showcasing Japan’s Passion for Fireworks
    August 08, 2019 17986 Likes
    Lighting the sky in dazzling displays of color, fireworks (called hanabi in Japanese) have been a summer staple in Japan since the Edo period (1603–1867). So integral are they to t
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    Dive into These 3 Hot New Summer Flicks
    July 11, 2019 8753 Likes
    After weeks and weeks of seemingly endless rain in Japan’s rainy season of June, people itch to get outside and enjoy the best of what summer has to offer. In Japan — as in many ot
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    3 Movies of Thwarted Love to Break Your Heart For Tanabata
    July 04, 2019 15441 Likes
    Two celestial lovers banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way come together only once a year, on the night of Tanabata. The ill-fated love story of Orihime, the weaver star (Veg
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    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: 3 Movies for Mountain Day
    August 22, 2019 27497 Likes
    When you think of Japan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Mt. Fuji, right? Japan’s highest mountain has inspired many visitors to see its iconic shape in person. But Fuji
    GENERAL
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    Dive into These 3 Hot New Summer Flicks
    July 11, 2019 8753 Likes
    After weeks and weeks of seemingly endless rain in Japan’s rainy season of June, people itch to get outside and enjoy the best of what summer has to offer. In Japan — as in many ot
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    Japanese Movies Abroad: Were These 3 Famous Films Shot in Your Hometown?
    June 20, 2019 7895 Likes
    When we think of Japanese movies, we often assume that they’re filmed in Japan with an all-Japan cast. But did you know there are many Japanese movies that take place in other coun
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    Tohoku in film: Natural beauty, rich culture and community bonds beyond the tsunami
    March 27, 2019 1 Likes
    Long before the devastating March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami happened, the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan was synonymous with expansive landscapes, wild forests and gorge
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    Three Films That Perfectly Capture Hokkaido’s Cinematic Beauty
    June 12, 2018 4 Likes
    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
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    Two Ends, Two Sights: Hokkaido and Okinawa in Popular Japanese Cinema
    April 27, 2018 90 Likes
    Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost, second-largest island and the nation’s largest prefecture, contrasts considerably with Okinawa, the southernmost, fourth-smallest prefecture, itself
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    Fleeting Beauty: A Film Journey Through 4 Of Japan’s Most Scenic Sakura Locations
    March 19, 2018 8 Likes
    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
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    Scenic Japan: Travel To Japan's Most Beautiful Places With These Movies (Part II)
    January 22, 2018 7 Likes
    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
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    Scenic Japan: Travel To Japan's Most Beautiful Places With These Movies (Part I)
    November 17, 2017 8298 Likes
    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
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    7 Movie Locations You Can Actually Visit In Japan
    September 20, 2017 73 Likes
    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
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    Cats in Japan: Popularity, spirituality, and 5 heartwarming movies to watch if you love them
    March 25, 2020 24432 Likes
    It’s 2020 and the world is taken by a storm with the first-ever film adaptation of the musical “Cats,” a show that has won the hearts of millions across the globe
    HISTORY
    ‘Samurai Shifters’ is a comedy full of work efficiency, teamwork tips we can all instantly incorporate into our careers
    October 23, 2019 11208 Likes
     Unexpected notice, an unfamiliar destination, limited time and funds — the plot sounds painfully familiar to anyone who has been ordered to transfer to a new location at a certai
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    3 Movies of Thwarted Love to Break Your Heart For Tanabata
    July 04, 2019 15441 Likes
    Two celestial lovers banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way come together only once a year, on the night of Tanabata. The ill-fated love story of Orihime, the weaver star (Veg
    HISTORY
    End of an era: 3 films that capture the highs and lows of Japan’s Heisei period
    April 24, 2019 15 Likes
    Following decades of instability on all fronts, 1989 marked the end of the Showa Era and the beginning of Heisei, a period in Japanese history influenced by peace and prosperity. T
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    The Good, The Cool, And The Lazy: The 8 Types Of Ninja You Never Knew Existed
    January 26, 2018 22214 Likes
    You have that image in mind: ninja are black-clad spies, rarely talk, can choke you in an instant, like to throw ropes and chisels around, and are for the most part mysterious char
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    Understand Japan: 6 Movies To Watch If You're Studying Japanese History
    September 20, 2017 111 Likes
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a film, at 20-30 frames per second, must be worth well over 100 million words, right? What is said in jest is often based on a certain
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    JFF India: Dance with Me – An Interview with Producer Daisuke Sekiguchi
    March 27, 2020 37086 Likes
    The 3rd Japanese Film Festival in India (JFF India) presented by the Japan Foundation, is touring across 7 cities in India over the 2019-20 season – the largest number of cities in
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    Watch Japanese movies online! Moosic Lab × JFF Magazine launches free streaming video service ! 
    March 05, 2020 11200 Likes
    We just bid goodbye to 2019, a fantastic year for us at the Japanese Film Festival Magazine. We’ve had a long list of exciting movies to share with you, amazing Japanese Film Festi
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    Film and music competition Moosic Lab awards 2019’s best works by young filmmakers, musicians
    January 30, 2020 12089 Likes
     Dozens of young filmmakers, musicians, and guests filled the Moosic Lab Closing Party 2019 venue in central Tokyo on the evening of December 23 as they impatiently awaited the
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    The Japanese office is the secret villain in the musical ‘Dance with Me’
    December 03, 2019 23671 Likes
    Japan doesn’t really do musicals. They’re one of the most underrepresented film genres in the country, with many years passing between the releases of Japanese musicals, which — wh
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    ‘Little Love Song’: A global message from a small Japanese island
    November 27, 2019 24517 Likes
    There is a saying in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island, that sounds much simpler than its meaning: Ichariba choodee. The two-word phrase means “once we meet, we are brothers and
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    God gave us two hands: Multi-talented Japanese Actors and Musicians
    June 14, 2019 7328 Likes
    Ever heard the saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none”? It means that if you can do many different things, then you’re probably not an expert at one thing. Well, it turns out
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    JFF India: The Crimes That Bind – An Interview with Producer Hidenori Iyoda
    March 27, 2020 27385 Likes
    Twenty-five Japanese films were screened in Mumbai this January (2020) for the 3rd Japanese Film Festival in India (JFF India) which was presented by the Japan Foundation. One of t
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    JFF India: Dance with Me – An Interview with Producer Daisuke Sekiguchi
    March 27, 2020 37086 Likes
    The 3rd Japanese Film Festival in India (JFF India) presented by the Japan Foundation, is touring across 7 cities in India over the 2019-20 season – the largest number of cities in
    NEWS
    Interview: Eiko Tanaka, Producer of "Children of the Sea", after the premiere at JFF Russia
    March 26, 2020 30947 Likes
    In December 2019, the animated film, Children of the Sea (2019) was screened at the 53rd Japanese Film Festival in Russia (JFF Russia) hosted by the Japan Foundation. Ruka, a junio
    MUSIC
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    Watch Japanese movies online! Moosic Lab × JFF Magazine launches free streaming video service ! 
    March 05, 2020 11200 Likes
    We just bid goodbye to 2019, a fantastic year for us at the Japanese Film Festival Magazine. We’ve had a long list of exciting movies to share with you, amazing Japanese Film Festi
    SHOWBIZ
    MUSIC
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    Film and music competition Moosic Lab awards 2019’s best works by young filmmakers, musicians
    January 30, 2020 12089 Likes
     Dozens of young filmmakers, musicians, and guests filled the Moosic Lab Closing Party 2019 venue in central Tokyo on the evening of December 23 as they impatiently awaited the
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    Interview with Makoto Shinkai: Background to Weathering with You
    December 06, 2019 33283 Likes
    Your Name (2016) has gone down in Japanese cinema history as a record and ground-breaking movie, bringing Makoto Shinkai into the spotlight as Japan’s leading animation director. T
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    Weathering with You brings Japanese animation to Indian cinema; Interview with director Makoto Shinkai
    December 06, 2019 13588 Likes
    The Japanese Film Festival in India, hosted by the Japan Foundation, began in New Delhi on September 27. The festival will travel to seven cities and screen 25 films, including the
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    Global stars, filmmakers talk film, inspiration, future at Tokyo International Film Festival 2019’s Asia Networking Reception
    November 29, 2019 15 Likes
    The annual Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off on October 28 for the 32nd consecutive year, gathering global actors, filmmakers, and fans for yet another round of i
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    The Japanese Film Festival 2019 in The Philippines
    November 22, 2019 12 Likes
    The 2018 blockbuster One Cut of the Dead and the works of Cannes 2018 Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Koreeda’s, headlined this year’s Japanese Film Festival in the Ph
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    Japanese Film Festival in India premieres 27 September
    September 18, 2019 28 Likes
    The Japan Foundation has announced that ‘Japanese Film Festival in India’ will be held in seven cities across India, featuring 25 Japanese films as part of a large Japanese film fe
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