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Japanese life and culture in JFF Plus

Japan Foundation Manila Director Suzuki Tsutomu

Amidst the pandemic, the Japan Foundation, Manila continues to showcase Japanese life and culture as it migrates the highly-anticipated Japanese Film Festival to the online platform from November 20 to 29. 

Tsukikiji Wonderland, a documentary of the world’s largest fish market

“These carefully selected films will allow us to take intimate glimpses into new worlds, experience things, see places and gain new perspectives,” JFM Director Suzuki Tsutomu said during the virtual press conference last November 11.

The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, a 1952 film about a wealthy middle-aged couple and their marital difficulties

According to Tsutomu, online has now become the platform for movies and the “internet as its venue for instant exchange of information and culture.”

“The JFF Plus will showcase very relatable films especially to Filipino and Asian audiences. Anyone with a smart TV, PC, or mobile phones can safely view the films at the comfort of their homes,” he added.

Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar, a film about how a perplexed team created a detailed plan for the construction of a hangar for a giant robot star

The digital edition of this year’s festival will screen 28 carefully curated Japanese movies of different genres. It will open with the Hanabusa Tsutomo film ” Project Dreams – How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar”, which will also have an SM Cinema Drive-In premier at the SM Mall of Asia.

ady Maikk, a 2014 musical comedy film written and directed by Masayuki Suo, best known films for his films “Suml Do, Sumo Don’t” and “Shall We Dance”
Story of Yonosuke, a 2013 film that has made rounds in various international film festivals

The films are available via the JFF Plus: Online Festival portal (https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp/). To view the full schedule, visit http://jff.jpf.go.jp/ or the JFM website (http://www.jfmo.org.ph).

The JFF Plus: Online Festival is a collaborative project of the Japan Foundation Asian Center in partnership with JT International (Philippines), the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, and SM Cinema. 

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