JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2019. RAISING CURTAINS OF THE JAPANESE FILMS FOR MALAYSIANS

Published by Idan Ma'at @ 12/09/2019

THE Japanese Film Festival (JFF) 2019 was launched with the South-East Asian premiere of Little Nights, Little Love by director Rikiya Imaizumi. The opening ceremony at GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur was attended by some 250 guests with Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry policy division (culture) Undersecretary Dr Tan Awang Besar as guest of honour.

“Watching films is probably one of the best ways to learn about the culture, tradition and people of the country where the film comes from, or even to understand ourselves better,” said Dr Tan. The annual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) turns “16” this year and is set to light up selected Golden Screen Cinemas nationwide, boasting a broad collection of current and acclaimed titles across a variety of genres ranging from family to music and comedy. The selection of 13 movies will capture hearts and minds of audiences from all ages and giving the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the latest and finest Japanese movies on the big screen.

Japanese Film Festival Media Conference

The month-long celebration will be kicking off with the South East Asian premiere of “Little Nights, Little Love” directed by IMAIZUMI Rikiya on our KL Opening night on 3 September 2019. (official Japan release date 20 September 2019) A special feature on music movies will also be one of the highlights this year with “Farewell Song,” “Little Love Song” and “La La La at Rock Bottom”. JFF 2019 is also a part of The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur’s 30th Anniversary celebration here in Malaysia this year since its establishment back in 1989.

left to right: Heng Beng Fatt, Deputy General Manager; Dr Tan Awang Besar, Division Secretary, Deputy Secretary; Seiya Shimada, Director of The Japan Foundation, KL

The Japanese Film Festival 2019 will be held is currently showing in the Klang Valley at GSC Mid Valley Kuala Lumpur, GSC 1Utama Petaling Jaya, GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and GSC NU Sentral Kuala Lumpur, followed by Penang (GSC Gurney Plaza) from Sept 12 to 15. Johor Baru is next with screening at GSC Paradigm Mall from Sept 19 to 22. JFF will then be in Kuching (GSC CityONE Megamall) and Kota Kinabalu (GSC Suria Sabah) from Oct 3 to 6. All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles. A complete listing of film synopses, showtimes, and general information is available at https://www.jfkl.org.my/events/jff-2019 and https://www.gsc.com.my

Dr Tan Awang Besar, Division Secretary