Get ready for a musical and visual experience of Japanese culture
New Delhi [India], October 6 (ANI/NewsSee): To commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and India, the Japan Foundation, in association with the Embassy of Japan in India and PVR Cinemas (Venue Partner), is organizing the Japan Film & Music Festival in the four metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. The festival will kick off in Delhi from November 4-6, followed by Mumbai from November 11-13, Chennai from November 25-27 and Bengaluru from December 9-11. Tickets can be reserved through PVR Cinemas, starting October 19.
The Japanese Film Festival (JFF), which was first held in 2016 in ASEAN countries and Australia, debuted in India in 2017 and returns this year after a three-year hiatus. This year’s festival is a special edition and will feature “The World of RADWIMPS and Makoto Shinkai”. RADWIMPS is a famous Japanese rock band formed in 2001 and received the Japanese Academy Award for Best Original Score, for composing the soundtracks for record-breaking animated feature films like “Your Name”. and “Weathering With You,” directed by world-renowned animator and filmmaker Makoto Shinkai. RADWIMPS is also composing the music for Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film “Suzume”, which is set to be released in Japan on November 11.
Speaking about the festival, Koji Sato, Managing Director of the Japan Foundation, New Delhi, said: “The ties between India and Japan date back to the 6th century when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan and since then, the two countries have shared a close relationship, encompassing not only trade and economic ties, but also cultural exchanges. In our contemporary culture, music and films are shared and appreciated by the general public, which brings us very much closer. In this momentous year of friendship, we are bringing India a true slice of Japanese entertainment; helping friends create happy times and memories across the country.”
The festival will feature a recorded concert by RADWIMPS of their world premiere of “FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022” as well as the “Your Name. Orchestra Concert”. The Japan Film & Music Festival will also showcase Makoto Shinkai’s anime films, including “Weathering With You”, “Your Name”, “The Garden of Words”, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices”, “5 Centimeters per Second” and “The promised place in our beginnings”.
“Your name.” was not only a critical success, but became the third highest-grossing animated film of all time, worldwide, with international box office receipts of over $330 million. “Weathering With You”, Makoto Shinkai’s latest film has received critical and commercial success around the world. It was Japan’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar. It is also the first animated film to be released in India. A large petition and a major trend on Twitter caught Makoto Shinkai’s attention, which later led to the film’s release in India.
The dates and locations of the festival will be as follows:
The Japan Foundation is the only Japanese institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs around the world. With the aim of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries/regions, our various information activities and services create opportunities for people-to-people interactions. The Japan Foundation develops programs in three different areas: artistic and cultural exchange, teaching the Japanese language abroad, and Japanese studies and intellectual exchange.
The Japan Foundation has a global network consisting of the Tokyo headquarters, the Kyoto office, 2 Japanese language institutes and 25 overseas offices in 24 countries. The Japan Foundation New Delhi was officially established in January 1994 and has been running the Foundation’s programs ever since.
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