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Japanese Film Festival 2018 Brings The Best of Japanese Cinema in Singapore

One of the first things that would pop up in our minds once we hear “Japan” or “Japanese”, is either one of two: endless slices of Salmon sashimi, or cutesy anime girls with high-pitched voices that can almost destroy our eardrums. But for me, Japan never fails to prompt me to think of high quality in virtually anything that comes from it – be it cars, food, stationery, and even films.

Good Japanese films don’t only point to anime that keeps you addicted to watching episode after episode (even after the fillers), but also includes productions that are not shy to convey strong messages through seriously unconventional, entertaining, yet subtle means. To pull all three methods seamlessly and classily; yes, that constitutes a Japanese film that I will rave about for days even after first feasting my eyes on it.

If what I said has already sparked your interest, the sparks will be even set more ablaze at the 21st edition of the Japanese Film Festival 2018, which is happening right now. With a total of 16 exciting award-winning Japanese films being screened from 2 – 18 March 2018 at National Museum of Singapore, you’ll get to see Japanese life and culture in a myriad of perspectives through the eyes and minds of the Japanese creative geniuses themselves. Fans of the Japanese film landscape can expect to be blown away by delightful cultural aspects of Japan, with genres ranging from action, romance, anime, to comedies and skits.

The full list of all the Japanese films being screened for the duration of the festival are as follows:

Film TitleShowtimes
Survival Family (PG)2 Mar 8PM
Rudolf the Black Cat (PG)3 Mar 2:30PM; 18 Mar 2:30PM
Sansho the Bailiff (PG)3 Mar 5PM
Memoirs of a Murderer (NC16)3 Mar 8PM; 12 Mar 8PM
ReLIFE (PG)4 Mar 2PM; 14 Mar 8PM
Daytime Shooting Star (PG)4 Mar 5PM; 13 Mar 8PM
The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (PG)4 Mar 8PM
The Long Excuse (M18)5 Mar 8PM; 18 Mar 8PM
Honnouji Hotel (PG)9 Mar 8PM; 17 Mar 5PM
Tora-san of Goto (PG)10 Mar 2PM; 17 Mar 2PM
Floating Weeds (PG)10 Mar 5PM
Creepy (NC16)10 Mar 8PM; 18 Mar 5PM
The Story of Chikamatsu (PG)11 Mar 2:30PM
Her Love Boils Bathwater (PG)11 Mar 5PM; 16 Mar 8PM
Tori Girl (PG)11 Mar 8PM
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The films will leave imprints on your hearts and minds, making you think to look at life with a fresh pair of perspectives and understanding.

All shows are priced at $13 each, and will be screened at the National Museum of Singapore. Purchase tickets here, as they’re selling out fast for the shows – so hurry if you want to know what quality Japanese films are like!

Photos courtesy of Japanese Film Festival.

Bryan Chua

Sneakerhead, Techie, and absolute sucker for foreign languages. Oh, and I #ShootFilm too.

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