ONLINE: Japanese Film Festival – Isthmus

press release: Welcome to ONLINE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2022! The Japan Foundation is proud to hold its second online Japanese film festival, under the JFF projects, with the aim of sharing the appeal of Japanese cinema with the world. A total of 20 Japanese films will be released for free in 25 countries from February 14 to 27, 2022 (Some of the programming films will not be available in certain countries).*

The first-ever online Japanese Film Festival was held in five continents and 20 countries from November 2020 to March 2021. A total of 30 Japanese films, from new releases to classics, were streamed for free, racking up over 210,000 views in the world. At a time when cinemas in many regions were closed due to the pandemic, the Festival was able to share Japanese cinema with the world on a scale never before achieved. The variety of films presented, as well as privileged interviews with the directors, made this festival a remarkable success.*

For its second year, the festival will extend to 25 countries, focusing on areas where access to Japanese cinema is limited. Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru have been added to the scope of the festival. Viewers in these 25 countries will be able to watch 20 films presented with subtitles in 15 languages ​​for free.

The Festival presents 20 films of the latest classics released. The list includes some big hits in theaters in Japan in 2021 such as Under the open sky, Aristocratsand it’s a Summer movie!. Additionally, documentaries that depict elements of Japanese culture, such as SUMODO-The successors of the samurai– and The God of Ramen, were selected. Two animated films by director Yasuhiro Yoshiura, EVE Time the Movie and Reverse Patemawill be presented alongside a timeless classic that opened the door for Japanese cinema to reach the rest of the world, Akira Kurosawa RASHOMON.

The 2022 ONLINE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL will open on February 14, 2022. In addition to streaming, we offer you a variety of Japanese cinema-related content, including events and special articles posted on the JFF+ website.

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