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Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 – Pre-Festival Screenings

We are 3 months ahead of the Japanese Film Festival Online, but the organizers of the festival prepared a surprise for us. There will be a pre-festival screening of 5 japanese films that will be available from November 15th until 21st, 2021 for 25 countries. (Some of the films might not be available in your country).

How to watch the films:
1) Go to https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022
2) Sign-up or Log-in if you have an account
3) Enjoy the films. Yes, it’s that easy! (Films expire after 48 hours upon playing for the first time)

Films are available in:
Argentina
Australia
Bangladesh
Brazil
Cambodia
Ecuador
Egypt
Germany
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Myanmar
Nepal
New Zealand
Peru
Philippines
South Korea
Spain
Thailand
USA
Vietnam

The Following Films will not be available in this countries:
Dance with Me – Germany, Hungary, Nepal, USA
Little Nights, Little Love – Nepal
The Great Passage – South Korea
Tora-san in Goto – Argentina

Available Films:

Dance With Me by Yaguchi Shinobu – Japan | 2019 – 103 minutes

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 weather it’s on the street, during board meetings, at posh restaurants, and even at a cell phone ringtone! Shizuka must embark on a cross country hunt for the hypnotist to break the spell, singing and dancing all the way! (JFF+)

Trailer:

Gon, The Little Fox by Yashiro Takeshi – Japan | 2019 – 27 minutes

When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs 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. (JFF+)

Trailer:

Little Nights, Little Love by Imaizumi Rikiya – Japan | 2019 – 119 minutes

Sato (Miura Haruma) is an employee conducting a survey in front of Sendai Station. Saki (Tabe Mikako) takes the survey and the two ultimately become a couple. 10 years later, Sato proposes to Saki on the occasion of their 10th anniversary. (JFF+)

Trailer:

The Great Passage by Ishii Yuya – Japan | 2013 – 133 minutes

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. (JFF+)

Trailer:

Tora-san in Goto by Oura Masary – Japan | 2016 – 114 minutes

Nagasaki City is two hours by plane and bus from Tokyo. Seventy miles further east of Nagasaki lies the Goto Archipelago. In the north of the archipelago, on the island of Kamigoto, Tora-san and his family live, making natural salt and Goto Udon. There are 9 people in his family, 7 children. We began following them in 1999. The father, Tora-san, has a personal motto: Train your own kids yourself. The children wake up every morning at 5 a.m. and help make udon for an hour before they go off to school. Tora-san says he wants them to learn important life lessons that they cannot learn at school. Each of the 7 children have their own feelings about this as they grow up. One rebels against her father and leaves home. One stays home and becomes a fisherman. Each child is different. The children growing up strong, their father growing old, the fights, sorrows, and joys shared by parents and children…a portrait of the changing generations of a family, woven together with the natural beauty and the festivals of Goto. How will this family live, how will they thrive, on this remote island? From when the youngest child is two to when he is 24, this documentary traces 22 years of one family’s history. (JFF+)

Trailer:

For more information, please go to: https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022

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