Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Sixth Edition Of #JapaneseFilmFestivalIndia Comes To Mumbai And Bengaluru, The “Full-Of-Cinephiles” Cities!

* After successful runs in Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad, Japan Foundation now brings the sixth edition of the Japanese Film Festival India to Mumbai and Bengaluru in attendance of notable entities and influencers. The four-month-long touring festival will take place in 7 Indian cities between October 2023 and January 2024.

Japan Foundation hosted the sixth edition of the Japanese Film Festival India in New Delhi, in association with PVR INOX from 12th-15th October. The opening ceremony was graced by Mr. Koji Yoshida, the Director of the Japan Information Centre, the Embassy of Japan in India and Mr. Koji Sato, Director General of the Japan Foundation New Delhi. The event was attended by notable stalwarts, film critics, members of the Japan Foundation and Japan Embassy. Influencers and Delhi-based cosplayers attended the screening along with the members of the Delhi Anime Club and Delhi Film Club.

Following Delhi, the Japanese Film Festival was hosted in Chennai and Hyderabad from 2nd-5th November, experiencing similar success and praise. The event was attended by notable entities, including the Consul-General of Japan in Chennai, as well as members of popular groups like The Hyderabad Anime Club.

After these great turnouts, the Japan Foundation is all set to start the penultimate leg of the Japanese Film Festival in Mumbai and Bengaluru from 7th-10th December. The festival will be held at PVR ICON, Infiniti Mall, Andheri West in Mumbai, and at INOX, Mantri Square Mall, Malleswaram in Bengaluru.

The highlight of this year’s annual JFF India is the screening of the popular anime from the ‘Detective Conan’ universe and the 4K remastered edition of ‘Lupin The 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro,’ the first anime film directed by Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki in 1979. The sixth edition of JFF will showcase 11 masterpieces, including ‘A Man’, ‘Anime Supremacy!,’ ‘Intolerance,’ ‘MONDAYS: See you “this” week!,’ ‘Father of the Milky Way Railroad,’ ‘Detective Conan: Episode “ONE”’ ‘Detective Conan the Movie: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital,’ ‘We Made a Beautiful Bouquet,’ ‘Detective Conan the Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century,’ and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest award-winning film, ‘Monster.’

During the inaugural speech, Mr. Koji Sato, Director General of the Japan Foundation New Delhi, expressed, “We are glad that the JFF, which began in 2017, is now in its sixth edition and has become an annual event for the people of India. It goes without saying that anime is very popular in India, but we hope that through this film festival, people will also discover the appeal of the latest Japanese feature films.”

Director of the Japan Information Centre at the Embassy of Japan in India, Mr. Koji Yoshida, expressed his appreciation for the film event, stating, “We congratulate Japan Foundation on the successful opening of the sixth edition of the Japanese Film Festival in India. We are confident that the relationship between the two countries will continue to grow through the medium of film.”

Following the Mumbai and Bengaluru edition, the last leg of the JFF India will take place in Kolkata and Pune from 18th-21st January, 2024 at INOX South City, Kolkata, and PVR ICON Pavilion Mall, Pune.

Mr. Gautam Dutta, Co-CEO, PVR INOX Limited remarked, “We are extremely pleased to host the 6th Edition of the Annual Japanese Film Festival yet again, now as a merger entity of PVR INOX and the largest and the most premium cinema exhibitor in India. Japan Foundation and PVR have shared a long association since 2017 and there has been no looking back ever since. We have taken inspiration from this new emerging trend of film festivals from Japan Foundation and our recent film festivals based on legends of Indian cinema have met with huge success.”

About Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. With the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries and regions, our various activities and information services create opportunities for interpersonal interactions. The Japan Foundation develops programs in three different fields—Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese- Language Education Overseas, and Japanese Studies and Global Partnerships.

The Japan Foundation has a global network consisting of the Tokyo headquarters, the Kyoto Office, two Japanese-language institutes, and 26 overseas offices in 25 countries. The Japan Foundation, New Delhi was officially established in January 1994 and since then has been carrying out the Foundation’s programs thoroughly.

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PVR INOX Limited is the largest film exhibition company in India with 1711 screens across 359 properties in 114 cities (India and Sri Lanka). Since their inception, both PVR and INOX have created iconic cinema brands with storied histories of achieving significant milestones and setting benchmarks in the film exhibition industry. With a collective heritage of transforming out-of-home entertainment in the country, the merged company offers a wide range of cinema services such as child friendly Audis, the latest screening technology, superior sound systems, wide range of F&B offerings, film and non-film content and an array of formats in the premium screen category.

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About Japanese Film Festival (JFF)

"JFF (Japanese Film Festival)" was first held in 2016 in ASEAN countries and Australia and expanded its area to China and India in 2017 and to Russia in 2018. In our efforts to promote Japanese culture in India, the Japan Foundation believes that Japanese media, such as films and anime, are extremely fundamental. The Japanese Film Festival, the Japan Foundation's annual film festival, has been successful in spreading the mesmerizing Japanese cinema in the country. By showcasing contemporary Japanese films in theatres across the nation, we are creating a unique experience for cinema enthusiasts. Besides, through our projects, we cultivate the film market in this country and have a continuous impact on the audience and commercial activities.

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