2022 Online Japanese Film Festival Announced

The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy in Pakistan, will hold a Virtual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) from February 14 to 27 featuring 11 films including some of Japan’s top hits, depicting various aspects of Japanese culture at through the different genres of films ranging from documentary, fiction, animation to thrillers. This online Japanese film festival will be held simultaneously in 25 countries for two weeks and will show 20 films (11 films for Pakistani friends) with free subtitles.

The 11 Japanese films to screen for Pakistani moviegoers include “Masked Ward”, “AWAKE”, “Ito”, “Patema Inverted”, “SUMODO-The Successors of Samurai”, “The God of Ramen”, “Happy Flight”, “OZLAND”, “Until Dawn”, “The Chief of South Polar” and “Bread of Happiness”.

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HE Mr. WADA Mitsuhiro, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, said that although the movement of people and other activities have been significantly restricted in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual film festival will provide a great opportunity for the people of Pakistan to learn more about Japan and its society. The Ambassador said that since this year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan, we would like to celebrate this historic occasion as an impetus to further strengthen Japan-Pakistan relations in many areas such as politics, economy, business, culture and person-to-person exchanges.

Masafumi Konomi, the producer of JFF, in his message to the audience, expressed his hope that “this film festival can bring a small sense of relief and help people live with a positive outlook on the future” while going through the current coronavirus pandemic.

JFF is a Japan Foundation project created with the aim of sharing the excitement of Japanese cinema with the world. During the festival, in addition to the screening of the popular films and documentaries, interviews and discussion sessions with directors and actors, as well as a variety of events in each participating country are planned, the details of which will be published on the website. by JFF.

To watch the movies online, here is the link for the Pakistani public:
https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022/pakistan/

JFF website:
https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022/

Marie A. Evans