Japanese online film festival 2022 releases short film ‘Gon the Little Fox’ live-action movie from The Big Passage – Reuters


Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 event screens Takeshi Yashiro’s 2019 stop-motion animated film Gon, the little fox and the live film adaptation Shion miura‘s Fune o Amu (The Grand Passage) on its website from November 15 to 21 as part of a pre-release schedule of five films.

The film festival screens the five films in 24 countries, including: South Korea, the Philippines, India, New Zealand, Ecuador, Spain, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, United States, Peru, Germany, Cambodia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, Argentina, Italy and Egypt.

Films are screened in Japanese with subtitles in Arabic, Burmese, Central Khmer, English, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Thai and Vietnamese. Gon, the little fox also has Korean subtitles.

JFF describes the Gon, the little fox short:

When Gon, a playful orphan fox, finds out that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own previous misdeeds by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy each day. But Hyoju doesn’t realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two head for a heart-wrenching climax.

The short film is based on the 1932 novel by Nakichi Niimi Gongitsune, and stars Masato tanaka like Gon and Miyu Irino like Hyojyu. Takeshi Yashiro, who previously produced the shorts “Dear November Boy” and “Norman the Snowman”, was the director and host of the short, and he also wrote the screenplay.

The Grand Passage was theatrically released in Japan in 2013. The film won the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year in 2013.

JFF describes the movie:

The salesman of the Majime publishing house (Matsuda Ryuhei) has a serious attitude towards him that sets him apart from his peers. But he has a demanding sensitivity when it comes to language, which leads him to writing the dictionary. He ended up editing “Le Grand Passage”, a huge dictionary of 240,000 entries.

Yuya Ishii directed the film with Kensaku Watanabe for the screenplay. Movie stars Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, and Joe odagiri.

Miura’s novel was originally published in 2011, and it inspired a manga adaptation of Haruko Kumota who ran in Kodansha‘s I TAN magazine.

An anime adaptation that used Kumota’s original character designs premiered on Fuji TV‘s Noitamina time slot in October 2016. The series was broadcast on Amazon prime in some territories when it aired, but was not aired in the United States until the launch of Anime strike in January 2017.

The full event of the Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 will be held February 14-27 and will screen 20 films for free in 25 countries. The films will be subtitled in 15 languages.

Thanks to Jordan Scott for the news tip.

Source: Japanese Film Festival website


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