Five must-see movies to stream at the 2022 Japanese Film Festival

New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsSee) The long-awaited annual celebration of Japanese films in India is back as an online edition in 2022. The second digital edition of the festival is currently running from February 14-28, 2022 where we offer a series of titles that you can enjoy for free from the comfort of your home. Here’s your guide for the month of February 2022, highlighting the top 5 titles suggested by the Japan Foundation programming team that you must stream from this year’s lineup to be wowed by the wonders of Japanese cinema. The Japanese cinema season with the Japan Foundation continues! 1. Under the Open Sky Premiering at the Toronto IFF and winning Best Actor at the Chicago IFF, Miwa Nishikawa’s touching and gritty drama about the life of a former yakuza (Japanese gangster) is a film no movie buff should expect. to lack. One of the biggest highlights of the 2022 edition, this award-winning powerhouse is a testament to the deep creativity and humanism of female directors in Japan. Tags: drama, yakuza, female directors, award-winning 2. Rashomon Every living person has heard of this masterpiece and everyone to come will continue to hear about it. The timeless masterpiece of Japan’s most legendary and celebrated director, Akira Kurosawa, premieres at JFF this year. Golden Lion, Honorary Oscar, and a spot on every movie list doesn’t even begin to do justice to Rashomon’s iconic status. If you saw it, watch it again; if not, what are you waiting for? Tags: drama, classic, Oscar, iconic 3. It’s a summer movie! “Let’s make a movie together! “Have you ever imagined this with a close friend? Well, in this movie, we have a teenage girl with a passion for samurai movies and an enigmatic boy who come together to make a movie that transcends life itself. This is a heartfelt teen coming-of-age story that will tug at your heartstrings and make you smile awkwardly. Tags: coming of age, adolescent, science fiction 4. Masked Ward A tense, mysterious film set in the eerie confines of a hospital, where a chilling psychological battle unfolds that ultimately leads to a chain of surprising twists and turns. The film is an adaptation of a bestselling book written by a real-life doctor and stars two of Japan’s greatest young actors, Kentaro Sakaguchi and Mei Nagano. So get ready to get dizzy with a thriller that will have you screaming at your screen. Tags: thriller, drama, psychological 5. Patema Inverted In two inverted worlds, there is a girl and there is a boy, a love that makes the characters fall into the sky and rise in the basement. Like conventional Japanese cartoons, this film is touching animation that creatively depicts the beauty of love, friendship, and courage. So put on your adventurer hats and dive into a world full of possibilities. Tags: science fiction, anime, romance, fantasy, adventure JFF Online is currently available from February 14 to 27, 2022. A program of 20 films is available for streaming at: jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022/India. Image: The digital edition of JFF 2022 is currently running from February 14-28’22 PWR PWR

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Marie A. Evans