Opening of the Japanese film festival in eastern China, four films premiered

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As the year-end event of the 2020 Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), the Fourth Japanese Film Festival kicked off in Shanghai on December 11.

2020 is the year of “The Year of Promotion of Sino-Japanese Cultural and Sports Exchange” and the Japanese Film Festival aims to promote the development of cultural exchanges between the two countries. Gao Yunfei, director of the Shanghai Municipal Film Bureau, and Akio Isomata, Japanese Ambassador and Consul General in Shanghai, attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches.

The eight films screened at this year’s Japanese Film Festival include “Silent Tokyo,” “The Brightest Roof in the Universe,” “God of Fiction,” “From Today, It’s My Turn,” “Any Crybabies Around? “A Balance”, “Hokusai” and “Hope”. The first four were international premieres.

Movie fans watch the greeting video from the “Hokusai” crew. / Japanese Film Festival

Movie fans watch the greeting video from the “Hokusai” crew. / Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival was founded in 2017 by the Shanghai International Film Festival with years of accumulated international resources. It has been held four times so far and is popular with moviegoers.

According to the planning of the Shanghai International Film Festival team, these new films have a variety of themes and types, which not only showcase the latest style of Japanese cinematic creation, but also bring a feast of light and shadow. from Japanese culture to Chinese moviegoers.

Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the creators of the films were unable to arrive in Shanghai to communicate face-to-face with fans. The creators of “Hokusai”, “Silent Tokyo”, “A Balance” and “Any Crybabies Around?” recorded greeting videos to fans in Shanghai.

From December 11 to 20, the Japanese Film Festival will present a total of 18 films in Shanghai cinemas. Following the trip to Shanghai, related screening events of this year’s Japanese Film Festival will also be held in Hangzhou City, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, from December 18 to 27.

(Cover image of the Japanese Film Festival)


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