Japanese Film Festival Returns, Malaysian Director Edmund Yeo’s “Moonlight Shadow” Among Highlights
There are more reasons to celebrate for moviegoers in this New Year as the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns each year with a selection of 13 films spanning different genres.
Last year the 2020 JFFs were canceled after three postponements.
After this hiatus, JFF 2021 will begin with screenings at selected Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) in Klang Valley (Mid Valley, Nu Sentral and 1Utama) from January 6 to 12; Penang and Johor Baru (Gurney Plaza, Penang and Paradigm Mall JB) from January 13 to 16; and Kuching and Kota Kinabalu (CityONE Megamall, Kuching and Suria Sabah) from January 20 to 23.
JFF 2021 was originally slated for a September 2021 launch, but has been moved forward to January this year due to the pandemic.
“The cancellation of the JFF 2020 after three postponements was a really unfortunate incident for us.
“We are very grateful that we can organize the festival this year within the limits of current capacity.
“The return of JFF is the most exciting thing for us and we hope the fans of the film festival feel the same,” said Kugai Kyoko, deputy director of the Japan Foundation, the cultural affairs department of Kuala Lumpur.
She adds: “We will open the festival with Talking about images (directed by Suo Masayuki) that will remind you of the joy of watching a movie in the cinema.
“Another strong point is Moonlight shadow starring Komatsu Nana, directed by Malaysian filmmaker Edmund Yeo. It hit the market this year and Malaysian audiences will finally be able to watch it now. “
This 17th edition of the film festival features an eclectic mix of comedy, drama, action, thriller and animation films, with four films from this list releasing in 2021.
Organized by the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, tickets for JFF 2021 are priced at RM 9.50 and can be purchased two days before the first day of screening at each location on www.gsc.com.my, the mobile app. GSC or e-kiosks in participating GSC points of sale.
“We have all gone through two very difficult years with so much drama in our daily lives. Our selection of films this year offers a rather laid-back cinematic experience – think comedy or beautiful human drama. We hope the audience will come back to the festival, just like meeting old friends, ”Kugai said.
All JFF films will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
For more information visit www.jfkl.org.my.
There will be 13 films screened at JFF 2021. Here’s a look at the last four releases featured in the film festival.
Banana Yoshimoto’s Shadow in the moonlight, which has been translated in over 30 countries around the world, has been adapted for the screen by Malaysian director Yeo. In this film, a grieving woman learns of a mysterious phenomenon that allows a person to meet the dead again.
It’s a summer movie!
While the other members of the film club swoon over romantic dramas, Barefoot adores samurai movies and Japanese costume dramas. Rintaro is perfect for the lead role in a samurai movie that she wrote. But when time travel kicks in, it complicates things …
Liar x Liar
Minato finds it embarrassing that his half-brother Toru is very popular with the ladies. They make a deal to stay away when they’re outside, but what happens when things aren’t what they appear to be?
The night beyond the tricorn window
Based on the manga Sankaku: Mado No Sotogawa Wa Yoru of Yamashita Tomoko, we follow Mikado as he struggles with his ability to see ghosts, his fateful encounter with exorcist Hiyakawa, and a murder case.
Watch a movie at JFF 2021 for free