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    September 7, 2012

    THE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2012 IS HERE

    Avid Japanese movie fans, get ready! I promise that there will not be any Japanese horror films in here! The Japanese Film Festival is coming back again this month for its 9th year in Malaysia. The festival will be held from 13 to 18 September in Klang Valley (GSC Mid Valley, GSC Pavilion KL and GSC 1 Utama) and from 20 to 23 September in Penang at GSC Gurney Plaza. Organized by The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur, co-organized by Golden Screen Cinemas, and sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation; the festival will be featuring 12 latest and hottest Japanese films.



    The film festival will see the opening of "Key of Life", a suspense comedy which won Best Screenplay Award at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival, ahead of its commercial release in Japan. This year's ten Japanese Academy Prize winner "Rebirth" is one of the main highlights too. Other highlights include internationally acclaimed director KORE-EDA Hirokazu's children drama "I Wish", entertaining documentrary "Death of a Japanese Salesman", live-action adaptation of TV animation "Ninja Kids!!!"

    The Last Ronin
    I Wish

    Here is more the complete list of films that will be screened during the Japanese Film Festival beginning next week.

    Movie Title (Year/Genre)DirectorRunning timeCast
    A Good Husband (2009/Drama)YUKISADA Isao131 min.TOYOKAWA Etsushi, YAKUSHIMARU Hiroko, MIZUKAWA Asami
    Always Sunset on Third Street 3 (2012/Drama)YAMAZAKI Takashi144 min.Koyuki, YOSHIOKA Hidetaka, TSUTSUMI Shinichi, YAKUSHIMARU Hiroko
    Death of a Japanese Salesman (2011/Documentary)HAGIUDA Koji120 min.NARUMI RIKO, MATSUYAMA Kenichi, TEZUKA Satomi
    Hayabusha (2011/Drama)TSUTSUMI Yukihiko140 min.TAKEUCHI Yuko, NISHIDA Toshiyuki, TAKASHIMA Masahiro
    I Wish (2011/Drama)KORE-EDA Hirokazu128 min.MAEDA Kohki, MAEDA Oushiro, ODAGIRI Joe, OOTSUKA Nene
    Key of Life (2012/Suspense Comedy)UCHIDA Kenji128 min.SAKAI Masato, KAGAWA Teruyuki, HIROSUE Ryoko
    Ninja Kids!!! (2011/Adventure)MIIKE Takashi100 min.KATO Seishiro, HAYASHI Roi, KIMURA Futa
    Permanent Nobara (2010/Drama)YOSHIDA Daihachi100 min.KANNO Miho, EGUCHI Yosuke, KOIKE Eiko, NATSUKI Mari
    Rebirth (2011/Drama)NARUSHIMA Izuru147 min.INOUE Mao, NAGASAKU Hiromi, KOIKE Eiko, MORISHITA Yoko
    Someday (2011/Drama)SAKAMOTO Junji93 min.HARADA Yoshio, OKUSU Michiyo, KISHIBE Ittoku, MATSU Takako
    The Last Ronin (2010/Drama)SUGITA Shigemichi133 min.YAKUSHO Koji, SATO Koichi, SAKURABA Nanami, KATAOKA Nizaemon
    Wonder Child (2006/Drama)HAGIUDA Koji120 min.NARUMI RIKO, MATSUYAMA Kenichi, TEZUKA Satomi
    Note: Information are correct at the time of posting

    To catch these movies during the Japanese Film Festival 2012, you can purchase the tickets for only RM5. You can get the tickets two days prior to the screening via GSC box office, and GSC E-Payment @ www.gsc.com.my or GSC Mobile App (iPhone & Android).

    More details of the festival and the screening schedule will be update at (The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur website) www.jfkl.org.my or contact 03-2284 6228 for further inquiries.

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