Japanese Films at the 4th Japan Film Festival of San Francisco


The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is partnering with the 4th Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (July 23- 31) to present 4 special engagements at New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. These films are gaining acclaim both in Japan and around the world! Please take this special opportunity to experience modern Japan and traditional Japan through these films.

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Three Stories of Love (2015 Kinema Junpo Award’s Best Japanese Film)

Date and Time: Saturday, July 30, 6:00 PM
The film centers around three interwoven tales of individuals learning to cope when love slips away. The three lead characters, a bereaved bridge-repairman, an unhappy housewife and a gay elite lawyer, are all played by amateurs who were coached in acting by the director himself. This film is acclaimed as the best film in Japan of Kinema Junpo Award 2015.
©Shochiku Broadcasting / Arc Films

Please check the details from here: http://jffsf.org/2016/three-stories-of-love/

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DASHI & SHOYU: Essence of Japan (2015 Kinema Junpo Award’s Second Best Cultural Film)

Date and Time: Saturday, July 30, 12:00 PM
This visually striking food documentary is focused on two crucial essence of Japanese cuisine: the delicate stock ‘Dashi,’ and the golden soy sauce ‘Shoyu.’ Dashi is the bedrock of Japanese cuisine and a distillation of natural resources of Japan. ‘Shoyu’ is a pillar of Japanese cuisine, which is made of soy transformed by a type of mold that only exists in Japan. The history and secrets of Umami will be revealed! This film is acclaimed as second best cultural film in Japan of Kinema Junpo Award 2015.
©ASIA Documentary Productions/NHK/Point du Jour/ARTE France

Please check the details from here: http://jffsf.org/2016/dashi-shoyu-essence-of-japan/

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TOKYO SHORT SHORTS 2016 (A Collection of Short Films by Young Japanese Directors)

Date and Time: Saturday, July 23, 4:15 PM
This program will introduce a collection of 5 Japanese short films by young directors from the Tokyo International Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, encompassing drama, comedy, and animation. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the next wave of Japanese directors.
©Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

Please check the details from here: http://jffsf.org/2016/tokyo-short-shorts-2016/

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Cinema Kabuki “Nezumi Kozo: Noda Version”

Date and Time: Sunday, July 24, 4:00 PM
Don’t miss the rare chance to experience the authentic and unique beauty of this contemporary kabuki performance by Japan’s greatest kabuki actors in HD on the big screen! NEZUMI KOZO is based on the story of a real-life bandit from the Edo period (19th Century). After his execution, the legend left behind states that he had been a kind of Robin Hood, sharing his ill-gotten gains with the poor. Written and directed by Hideki Noda and starring Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII.
*Co-organized by Japan Foundation Los Angeles

Please check the details from here: http://jffsf.org/2016/cinema-kabuki-nezumi-kozo/

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