Japan Film Festival 2019


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THE 16TH JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 5 SEPT – 6 OCT, 2019 

With an ever growing number of attendees, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is a major fixture on the local events calendar, which continues, each passing year, to attract more cinema lovers and pop culture enthusiasts alike. 

Organized by the Japan Foundation in Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) which is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in Malaysia, GSC is proud to be the official venue provider for this JFF film festival.

All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles. 

TICKETING INFORMATION 

Tickets are priced at only RM 9 each and will go on sale from 29 August 2019. Movie-goers can purchase their tickets online via the GSC Website, Mobile App or via the Box Office counter and ticketing kiosk.

The public screenings will be held at 8 selected Golden Screen Cinemas across four regions:

Klang Valley (Sept 5-11)
1.GSC Pavilion KL
2.GSC Mid Valley
3.GSC 1 Utama
4.GSC Nu Sentral

Penang (Sept 12-15)
5.GSC Gurney Plaza

Johor Bahru (Sept 19-22)
6.GSC Paradigm JB

Kuching & Kota Kinabalu (Oct 3-6)
7.GSC CityONE Megamall
8.GSC Suria Sabah 

For more info : https://www.jfkl.org.my OR  https://www.facebook.com/theJapanFoundationKL

Ticket Info : https://www.gsc.com.my



(JFF) La La La at Rock Bottom

In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Drama / Musical
Running Time : 103 minutes 
Director : Nobuhiro Yamashita
Cast : Subaru Shibutani, Sarina Suzuki, Katsumi Kawahara

Synopsis : After he loses his memory, Kasumi takes care of Shigeo. When she discovers his singing skills, she makes him her band's lead singer until his dark past clashes with his new life.


A Banana at this Time of Night?


In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle English
Genre : Comedy / Drama
Running Time : 121 minutes 
Director : Tetsu MAEDA
Cast : OIZUMI Yo, TAKAHATA Mitsuki, MIURA Haruma

Synopsis : Based on a true story, Yasuaki Shikano is 34 years old and suffers from muscular dystrophy since he was 12 years old. He is only able to move his neck and hands and is confined to a wheelchair. Despite that, he decides to leave the hospital and chooses an offbeat life of independence. He has his eccentric ways like running out of the hospital and saying that he wants to eat a banana late at night. He recruits volunteers to help him but but he’s so audacious that everyone has to cater to his every whim. Hisashi Tanaka is a medical student in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. He does volunteer work and gets to know Yasuaki Kano at the hospital. He is recruited by Yasuaki he constantly rags on him and even demands a banana in the middle of the night. One day, he falls in love with Misaki Ando, a new volunteer and asks Tanaka to write a love letter to Misaki but unbeknownst to him, Tanaka and Misaki are a couple. Misaki is at first annoyed with with Shikano but gradually starts to learn that he is honest with himself and interacts with everybody as equals. Their lives begin to change -


Bento Harassment

In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Langauge : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Drama / Family
Running Time : 107 minutes 
Director : TSUKAMOTO Renpei
Cast : SHINOHARA Ryoko, YOSHINE Kyoko, MATSUI Rena

Synopsis :
Kaori is a single mother and she raises her high-school age daughter Futaba. Her daughter is in a rebellious phase and ignores her mother. Kaori decides to take measures to communicate with her daughter and also get some revenge. Kaori creates messages in her daughter's bento meals.

Brave Father Online

In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Comedy / Drama
Running Time : 115 minutes 
Director : NOGUCHI Teruo
Cast : SAKAGUCHI Kentaro, YOSHIDA Kotaro, SAKUMA Yui

Synopsis : 
Akio wishes he had a better relationship with his reserved father Akira. One day Akira suddenly quits his job and retires without giving out any explanation to the family. Thinking it could be a good tool to be close to his father, Akio gives him software of online game “Final Fantasy XIV”. By teaching his father how to play the game and secretly interacting with him as an anonymous online avatar, Akio hopes to know his father better through the adventures with other players in the game; little does the young man know what Akira is going through… 

Café Funiculi Funicula



In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Drama
Running Time : 126 minutes 
Director : TSUKAHARA Ayuko
Cast : Kasumi Arimura, Kentarō Itō, Haru, Kento Hayashi, Motoki Fukami

Synopsis : 

Kazu Tokita works at cafe “Funiculi Funicula,” which her relative Nagare Tokita runs. There is a mysterious rumor that if a customer takes a specific seat at the cafe, that customer can travel back to a time of their choice. The specific rules for going back into the past are: 1. You can't meet people who did not visit the café; 2. If you do something different in the past, it won't change the present; 3. Only one seat in the cafe is able to take someone into the past and if the seat is occupied, you have to wait until that customer leaves; 4. When you go back to the past, you stay in the seat; 5. The time you can stay in the past is from pouring the coffee into the cup until the coffee gets cold and you have to finish the coffee before it gets cold. 4 miracles take place at the cafe. 


Color Me True


In Cinema 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Romance
Running Time : 109 minutes 
Director : Hideki Takeuchi
Cast : Haruka Ayase, Kentaro Sakaguchi
Distributor :Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

Kenji is a young aspiring movie director. He falls in love with Princess Miyuki who came from a black‐and‐white movie. 

Farewell Song



In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Drama
Running Time : 117 minutes 
Director : SHIOTA Akihiko
Cast : KADOWAKI Mugi, KOMATSU Nana, NARITA Ryo
Distributor : Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

Haru and Reo perform as musical duo Haru-Reo. With their indie music, they suddenly get popular. Even with their newfound success, they decide to disband the duo. Haru-Reo go on one last tour together. Their roadie Shima goes with the girls on the tour. Reo has feelings for Shima, but Shima has feelings for Haru. 



Little Love Song


In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Teen
Running Time : 124 minutes 
Director : HASHIMOTO Kojiro
Cast : SANO Hayato, MORINAGA Yuki, YAMADA Anna
Distributor : Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

A high school band is popular in their small hometown in Okinawa where the U.S. army base is located. The high school band writes their own songs and they provide thrills to their listeners. The high school band is even scouted by a record label in Tokyo. Their debut as a professional band is confirmed. The band members enjoy the happiest days in their young lives, but a tragedy takes place. A girl who lives on the U.S. army base appears with a demo tape of a song. 


Little Nights, Little Love


In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Drama / Romance
Running Time : 120 minutes 
Director : IMAIZUMI Rikiya
Cast : MIURA Haruma, TABE Mikako, HARADA Taizo
Distributor : Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

Sato is 27-year-old single man. He is waiting for a dramatic moment in his life that will lead to love. He works at a market research company. One day, he asks a random passersby in front of Sendai Station to fill out a questionnaire. He has a hard time finding willing participants. A woman in a black suit agrees to answer the questionnaire. Sato sees the letter "shampu" on her hand...is this fate? 


Lying to Mom



In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Drama / Family
Running Time : 134 minutes 
Director : NOJIRI Katsumi
Cast :Ittoku Kishibe, Hideko Hara, Mai Kiryu, Ryo Kase, Kayoko Kishimoto
Distributor : Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

Koichi is a son in the Suzuki family. He is a hikikomori and dies suddenly. The rest of Suzuki family, father Yukio, mother Yuko and daughter Fumi, fall into confusion. Especially the mother Yuko, who is shocked by her son's death, and loses her memory. Fumi lies to her mother and tells her "Koichi stopped being a hikikomori and now works in Argentina." 

My Dad is a Heel Wrestler


In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Drama / Family
Running Time : 112 minutes 
Director : FUJIMURA Kyohei
Cast : TANAHASHI Hiroshi, KIMURA Yoshino, TERADA Kokoro
Distributor : Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

Takashi Omura was once a popular professional wrestler, but he isn't popular anymore. He now wears a cockroach mask and wrestles as a villain. He is married to Shiori and they have an elementary school aged son named Shota. Takashi and Shiori have not yet told their son what Takashi does for a living. One day, Shota finds out that Takashi is a professional wrestler and a villain with a cockroach mask. Shota is shocked and tells a lie to his classmate that his dad is a popular professional wrestler. 


Samurai Shifters


In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019
Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Genre : Comedy
Running Time : 21 minutes 
Director : INUDO Isshin
Cast : Gen Hoshino, Issey Takahashi, Mitsuki Takahata
Distributor : Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

Naonori Matsudaira is an unfortunate lord who, despite being a descendant of the great shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, is forced to move across Japan from west to east seven times, saddling him with the nickname “the vagabond lord.” In the Edo period, it cost an absolute fortune for a lord to transfer from one fief to another, and if the shogunate reduced their stipend as well, numerous samurai had to be released from service and rendered masterless, making it a cruel fate for all involved. The strain of these repeated relocations takes its toll on Matsudaira, and after he passes away, his mantle is inherited by the ineffectual, paralyzingly shy, and generally wet-behind-the-ears Shunnosuke Katagiri. To make matters worse, he has picked up a few derisive nicknames of his own, such as “snail” and “shut-in samurai.” Shunnosuke is forced to take on a task that no one else wants, and if he puts one foot wrong, he could be ordered to commit ritual suicide. He seeks the aid of his childhood friend Takamura, as well as the advice of Oran, the beautiful but headstrong daughter of a former magistrate in charge of relocation, and makes a desperate attempt to survive his seemingly hopeless predicament with no manpower, no money, and no experience... Will Shunnosuke’s outlandish schemes, inspired by intelligence, ingenuity, and irrationality, succeed in getting him and his people from the Himeji domain in Harima province to Hita in Bungo (now Oita Prefecture), thousands of kilometers away?


 When I get home, My wife always pretends to be dead


In Cinema : 05 Sep 2019

Language : Japanese 

Subtitle : English

Genre : Comedy / Drama
Running Time : 116 minutes
Director : LEE Toshio
Cast : Nana Eikura, Ken Yasuda
Distributor : Film Festival Organizer

Synopsis : 

Jun returns home one night after a hard day to find his wife, Chie, collapsed near the door in a pool of blood. Panicking, he rushes to her side, but then notices a bottle of ketchup nearby. “Tee-hee-hee”, Chie giggles in a feigned unconscious state. “Did I scare ya?” When Jun, relieved, demands a reason for her foolishness, Chie can only laugh teasingly. And so it begins. From that point on, every time Jun returns home, he finds her “dead” by different and increasingly outlandish causes. Jun begins to worry when she never really gives him a reason. Is she bored? Sad? Is it a cry for help? 





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