The 2022 edition of the Japanese Online Film Festival (JFF) arrives this February in Mexico, with a selection of 20 feature films that show the diversity and depth of the Japanese seventh art; in addition to two film clubs that will take place at the Cineteca Nacional and an online course dedicated to the legendary director Akira Kurosawa.
Presented by the Japan Foundation, the JFF aims to share the excitement of Japanese cinema with the world. Its online version will take place this year simultaneously in 25 countries, with subtitles in 15 languages, including Spanish.
Below, everything you need to know about the festival’s programming and complementary activities in Mexico.
Dates and where to see
To enjoy the Japanese Film Festival Online 2022, you just have to create an account at: festivaldecinejapones.online/registration. All programming will be available completely free of charge from the February 14 to 27.
Once you start playing any of the movies you will have 48 hours to finish watching it.
The Japanese Film Festival includes in this edition seven premieres for Mexico, eight new fictions, two documentaries, two anime films and a classic film by Akira Kurosawa.
- It’s a summer movie!/ It’s a Summer Film (Dir. Soushi Matsumoto, 2021)
- under the open sky / Under the Open Sky (Dir. Miwa Nishikawa, 2021)
- Mio’s cookbook / Mio’s Cookbook (Dir. Haruki Kadokawa, 2020)
- The masked / Masked Ward (Dir. Hisashi Kimura, 2020)
- wake up (Directed by Atsuhiro Yamada, 2020)
- aristocrats / aristocrats (Dir. Yukiko Sode, 2021)
- ito (Dir. Satoko Yokohama, 2021)
- wake up time / Time of Eve (Dir. Yasuhiro Yoshiura, 2010)
- patema / Patema Inverted (Dir. Yasuhiro Yoshiura, 2013)
- Sumodo: The Way of the Samurai / Sumodo -The Successors of Samurai- (Dir. Eiji Sakata, 2020)
- the god of ramen / The God of Ramen (Directed by Takashi Innami, 2013)
- Rashomon (Directed by Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
- Greenland / Oz Land (Directed by Takafumi Hatano, 2018)
- ReLIFE (Dir. Takeshi Furusawa, 2017)
- His love boils water / Her Love Boils Bathwater (Dir. Ryōta Nakano, 2016)
- the floating castle / The Floating Castle (Dir. Isshin Inudo & Shinji Higuchi, 2012)
- Until sunrise / Until the Break Dawn (Dir. Yūichirō Hirakawa, 2012)
- bread of happiness / Bread of Happiness (Directed by Yukiko Mishima, 2012)
- The South Pole Chef / The Chef of South Polar (Dir. Shūichi Okita, 2009)
- Happy flight / Happy Flight (Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi, 2008)
Akira Kurosawa Mini Course
Salvador Velasco, a professor of Japanese cinema at the Cineteca Nacional and a master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and in Japanese Studies from the Colegio de México (Colmex), will give a free course on the life of Akira Kurosawa and will review your work Rashomon, the first Asian film released in the West.
The online seminar will consist of two sessions that will take place on February 17 and 24 starting at 06:30 pm
You can register at: festivaldecinejapones.online/minicursoKurosawa.
Film clubs in Cineteca Nacional
For those seeking to delve deeper into Japanese cinema, share points of view and create community off the screen, the Japan Foundation in Mexico will hold two film clubs in Room 5 of the Cineteca Nacional.
- ¡It’s a summer movie! (Saturday, February 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.).
- Under the sky opened (Saturday, February 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.).
Both will also be moderated by Salvador Velasco. If you wish to participate in one or both sessions, you must be over 15 years old, have seen the film in question and complete the following form: festivaldecinejapones.online/cineclub.
The capacity will be limited to 30 people, so those who arrive first at the venue will guarantee their place in the film club.
The entry Japanese Film Festival Online 2022: Where to see its programming and activities was first published in Cine PREMIERE.