The highly anticipated Japanese Film Festival is back with a selection of 12 films at select Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) outlets in Klang Valley (GSC Mid Valley, Nu Sentral and 1Utama) from September 8-14; Penang (GSC Gurney Plaza) from September 15 to 18; Johor Baru (GSC Paradigm Mall JB) from September 22 to 25; Kuching (GSC CityONE Megamall and The Spring Mall) and Kota Kinabalu (GSC Suria Sabah) from October 6-9.
Held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the 1982 Look East Policy, this 18th annual celebration brings the best of Japanese cinema to local audiences.
It is organized by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.
Spanning a variety of genres (drama, romance, youth, documentary, and animation), the films at this year’s film festival offer a glimpse into Japanese culture through cinematic imagery, memorable characters, and inspired storytelling.
The highlight here is the Malaysian launch of Daigo Matsui’s Only remembering, a bittersweet romance story told backwards. In this film we meet a former dancer turned theater lighting technician and a taxi driver, who are no longer lovers. Like life, her story is full of happy moments, losses and regrets.
Only remembering it won the audience award at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year.
“We have prepared such a variety of titles that you won’t want to miss any of them! We have excellent storytelling here and we believe that the audience will be able to find themselves in the stories through the characters they see on screen. We may live in different countries, but we share common problems and feelings, which makes everything relatable,” says Kugai Kyoko, assistant director of The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur’s cultural affairs department.
The festival opens with anime Supremacy! an entertaining story about the people behind the production of anime. Anime Supremacy! it was released in May and has received rave reviews.
Other highlights include the story of the fish, which is based on the autobiography of a very popular ichthyologist, Sakana-kun, who tells you that it’s okay to be different.
The story of the fish It will only open on September 1 in Japan, just a week before the Japanese Film Festival in Malaysia.
Also, Takeru Sato (of Rurouni Kenshin) and Hiroshi Abe (of The garden of evening mists) star in suspense in the wake, set after the Tohoku earthquake,” he adds. Tickets for JFF 2022 are RM 9.50, with the exception of Only remembering, which will be sold at the current box office price.
Tickets can be purchased one week before the first screening in each city.
All films submitted will be in Japanese with English subtitles. A complete list of JFF film synopses, showtimes and general information is available at www.jfkl.org.my/japanese-film-festival-2022/ and www.gsc.com.my.
Here’s a look at three of the films:
Based on a novel of the same name written by Mizuki Tsujimura and illustrated by manga artist group Clamp, this is the story of a rookie director facing stiff competition. The television anime industry is brutal. Will hard work, a little luck, and a dedicated team be enough to see you through?
It’s a robbery gone wrong when a teenager is murdered on the street. His father, not quite believing other people’s accounts of what happened that day, takes matters into her own hands. The death of his daughter must be avenged and he has a lot of anger to spread.
in the wake
Nine years after the Tohoku earthquake, two horrific murders occur in Miyagi prefecture, where victims are tied up and left to starve. Assuming that he is the same man behind both murders, Detective Seiichiro goes after the prime suspect, Tone, who has just been released from prison after serving time for arson and assault while helping a friend.
HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE ON JFF 2022 FOR FREE
Get a free ticket to the Japanese Film Festival in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Baru, with the following promotional codes.
Klang Valley: JFFTSK000GR9D
Johor Baru: JFFTSJ0007TYA
Redemption can be made via GSC ePay (www.gsc.com.my and the GSC mobile app) and the GSC eKiosk, on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to use your promo code:
> The promo code must be redeemed on the “Payment Method” page.
> After choosing your payment method (Online Banking, E-Wallet, or PayPal), check the “Do you have a promo code?” box under it.
> Enter your promo code and click “Submit” to redeem.
Terms and Conditions:
> The promo code entitles the holder to redeem one movie ticket per booking for JFF 2022.
> Redemption begins one week before the first screening in each city: September 1 for Klang Valley, September 8 for Penang, and September 15 for Johor Baru.
> Promo code is only valid for redemption of JFF screenings in Klang Valley (Sep 8-14 at GSC Mid Valley, Nu Sentral and 1Utama), Penang (Sep 15-18 at GSC Gurney Plaza) and Johor Baru (September 22-25 at GSC Paradigm JB), with the exception of Just Remembering.
> Redemption is on a first-come, first-served basis (a total of 300 redemptions are available for Klang Valley, 200 for Penang, and 100 for Johor Baru).
> Redemption for JFF 2022 is subject to seat availability.
> Promo code is not redeemable for cash and is not valid with any ongoing GSC promotion, coupon or privilege card.