The annual Japanese film festival is back for 2021


From January 13-22, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) will entertain movie lovers with many old and new classics, all hosted on the JFF Plus website.

The festival has been held annually in Myanmar since 2016, in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. This year the event will be fully online.

During the 10 days of the festival, fans of Japanese cinema will be able to access 27 films, dating from 1952 to the present day, including dramatic, detective, documentary, comedy and animation productions.

All films have Burmese and English subtitles.

In addition to the main festival, the Japan Foundation Yangon has organized a number of side events to help people enjoy and engage with the films more.

Dr Aung Min, for example, will be speaking at the Japanese Classics Film Talk, offering fans an analytical review of classic Japanese films. The “JFF Plus Film Review Essay Competition” will allow people to submit their own reviews of nominated JFF films.

“It’s fun watching movies. Watching great Japanese cinema is even better. Through this online festival, I sincerely hope that many Burmese people will discover and appreciate the variety and appeal of Japanese culture, ”said Mr. Hirokata Matsuo, director of the Japan Foundation.

“We are in a difficult period. And this is the first time that our film festival will be held online. Most of our cultural events are also put online to follow COVID-19 prevention protocols. However, when things get back to normal, the physical events will continue, ”he said.

Last year, just before Myanmar confirmed its first cases of COVID-19, the Japan Foundation hosted the Japanese Classic Film Festival, where digital restorations of “The Girl from Japan” (1935) were screened, in alongside a number of other pre-war classics.

This year, the Japan Foundation will showcase its best selection of films over two weeks, showing three films per day.

Cinephiles can check out more details on the 27 films on the festival’s official website:

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