The Japanese Film Festival returns to theaters after 2 years of hybrid festivals

A total of 24 Japanese films will be screened this year in three cinemas.

The Japanese Film Festival 2022 will take place from October 6 to November 5, showing 24 films ranging from anime to horror genre.

After two years of mostly online screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is returning to full physical screenings in three cinemas.

The festival began in 1983 and aims to present the best of contemporary and classic Japanese cinema. This year, it is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, the Japan Creative Center and the Singapore Film Society.

Films will screen at Shaw Theaters Lido, Oldham Theater and Projector X: Picturehouse, with most films exclusive to one theater.

Here are some movies to watch:

Anime supremacy! (ハケンアニメ!)

The opening film of the festival, Anime supremacy!will screen at 7:30 p.m. at Shaw Theaters Lido on October 6.

The film follows the story of Hitomi, who quits her job as a civil servant to pursue her dream of working in the anime industry. While working on a new anime series, another series led by her role model is revealed, and now she must compete with her role model.

The director of Anime Supremacy! has previously worked on titles such as Gone Wednesday and Your Name. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

The film is part of the Panorama section of the festival and will include a virtual Q&A session with the director.

A Hen in the Wind (風の中の牝鶏) – 4K Restoration

A hen in the wind was originally completed in 1947, shortly after World War II. The film is part of the Retrospective: Kinuyo Tanaka section and is a commentary on the reality of life during Japan’s reconstruction period.

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A Hen in the Wind is director Ozu Yasujiro’s second post-war film. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

It tells the story of Tokiko, a young woman struggling to make ends meet while waiting for her husband to return from the war.

She ends up working as a prostitute one night to pay for her child’s medical care, but her relationship with her husband is threatened when he finds out what she’s done.

It will be presented at 8 p.m. on October 7 at the Oldham Theatre.

Dozens of Nords (幾多の北)

Dozens of Nords is an animated film about the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

It is part of the Contemporary Animation section and will screen at 4:30 p.m. at Shaw Theaters Lido on October 8.

The film centers on the experiences of the people of Fukushima and what they went through. He begins to question the objectivity of the narrator as well as the viewer’s participation over time.

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Dozens of Norths is inspired by the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dali. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

The screening will end with two short films, bird in the peninsula and anxious body.

Tsukamoto Horror Showcase

The Tsukamoto Horror Showcase consists of two films, Haze and Denchu-kozo’s Adventure. It will take place on October 14 at 7 p.m. at Shaw Theaters Lido and is the only item in the Tsukamoto Horror Showcase section.

Haze is a film about a man who wakes up in a small, cramped room with a severe stomach injury. He attempts to escape by crawling around the room, eventually encountering a woman, and they try to figure out why they are there.

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The version of the film shown will be the long version of 49 minutes. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

Denchu-kozo’s Adventure is about a boy, Hikari, who is bullied because he has a power pole pushing into his back. He is saved by a girl, Momoko, and to thank her, he shares his secret time machine with her.

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This movie was made before Tsukamoto’s breakthrough hit, Tetsuo: The Iron Man. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

He activates the time machine, is transported to the future, and encounters cyborg vampires hunting a woman who turns out to be Momoko’s future self. He decides to help her and ends up fighting the vampires for the future of humanity.

ghost in the shell

ghost in the shell is a classic animated film with several adaptations and spinoffs.

In 2029, technology has advanced so much that cyborgs are a daily sight.

The film follows Motoko Kasunagi, an officer who tracks a cybercriminal known as the Puppet Master, who hacks cyborgs to gain information and commit crimes.

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The 1995 film is said to have inspired many films, including The Matrix and James Cameron’s Avatar. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

It will screen at Projector X: Picturehouse on October 16 at 5:40 p.m., October 22 at 4 p.m. and October 30 at 5 p.m. It is part of the Art of Anime section of the festival.

The complete list of films is available on the Singapore Japanese Film Festival website.

Tickets for films screened at Shaw Theaters Lido and Projector X: Picturehouse can be purchased through their respective websites. For films shown at the Oldham Theatre, tickets can be purchased through the Asian Film Archive website.

Marie A. Evans