Theatrical edition of the Japanese Film Festival kicks off with the film “Wife of a Spy” in India

The 2022 Japanese Film Festival in India opened with the critically acclaimed film “Wife of a Spy” by filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

This year, Japan Foundation and PVR Cinemas jointly launched the theatrical edition of the 2022 Japanese Film Festival Delhi at PVR, Select City Walk, Saket, New Delhi.

Celebrating Japanese culture through specially selected films; the event saw the presence of Koji Sato, Managing Director of Japan Foundation New Delhi and His Excellency Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to India to inaugurate the theatrical edition of the festival in Delhi. After the inauguration, Satoshi Suzuki and Koji Sato addressed the audience on the development of intercultural relations between India and Japan, especially through films and collaborations to make JFF-India 2022 possible.

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‘Wife of a Spy’ has garnered great critical and commercial success internationally. The film is set in the period of World War II. This historical drama premiered at the 77th Venice International Film Festival where it also won the prestigious Silver Lion award. It was also the closing film of the 51st IFFI 2021.

Marking the occasion, Koji Sato, Managing Director of Japan Foundation New Delhi, said, “We are delighted to launch the theatrical edition of the 2022 Japanese Film Festival in Delhi, which also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India. The success of the online edition of the festival which lasted 2 weeks and the overwhelming response from Indian audiences to embrace Japanese culture prompted us to bring the theatrical edition back to the city of Delhi.”

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He further added, “Given the growing love for Japanese culture and content in India, we aim to promote collaboration between the Indian and Japanese film industries. I am sure that JFF will help to further cement the friendship between the people of our two countries by creating ways for our Indian audiences to enjoy these experiences seamlessly in their daily lives. Films bring us together from all over the world, and we are here to promote this solidarity.”

His Excellency Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan at the opening ceremony, said, “I am extremely delighted to receive a huge response to the online edition of the festival held in February this year. Japanese directors are known for delivering spectacular films and through these cultural exchange programs and films, I’m sure people in India will learn more about our culture. I hope this film festival will help strengthen the friendship between the peoples of our two countries.”

JFF-India 2022 aims to strengthen the long-standing relationship between the two nations by providing Indian audiences with a glimpse into contemporary Japanese films, culture and lifestyle.

Marie A. Evans