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Japanese Film Festival 2018

02 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018
Gallery Theatre,
Basement Level
Various Timings
$13 per Ticket

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns for its 21st edition, bringing the best of new Japanese cinema to the audiences in Singapore. Presented by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with Japan Creative Centre (JCC),the official screening schedule of 16 Japanese films will be held from 2 to 18 March (excluding 6-8 and 15 March).


Dates: 2-18 Mar 2018 (Except 6-8 and 15 March)

Time: Various Timings

Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre and Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level

Pricing: $13 Per Ticket.
Visit http://tickets.jpfilmfestival.com/ for registration.


Opening Ceremony of the Japanese Film Festival 2018  


2 Mar 2018 (Fri), 7pm onwards

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level


Meet Director Yaguchi Shinobu on 2 March 2018, 7pm onwards. 

Director Yaguchi Shinobu well-known for his films Waterboys, Swing Girls and Happy Flight, which were screened commercially in Singapore, will be at the opening ceremony this year, and the premiere of Survival Family in Singapore. Ticket-holders to Survival Family screening at 8pm, may join the Opening Ceremony from 7pm at the Gallery Theatre. Door opens from 6:45pm. Director Yaguchi will be taking questions during the post-screening Q&A after the screening of Survival Family. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet this very successful specialist in Japanese comedies.

Tickets to Survival Family can be purchase here


Film Screening Schedule

Screening Venue: Gallery Theatre, Basement Level


2 Mar 2018 (Fri), 8pm  

Survival Family – Opening Film

YAGUCHI Shinobu| 2017 | 117 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


The Suzukis are an ordinary family of four living in Tokyo. One morning, they wake to find all their electrical devices are not working. Then they learn the water and gas lines in their neighbors' homes are also shut off. The father, Yoshiyuki, takes his family with him out of Tokyo in an attempt to escape the crisis.

*Please note there will an opening ceremony from 7pm. Director Yaguchi will be in attendance and will be available for a post-screening Q&A. Ticket holders of Survival Family are welcome to join in the opening ceremony before the commencement of the screening at 8pm.

3 Mar 2018 (Sat), 2.30pm

Rudolf The Black Cat

YUYAMA Kunihiko , SAKAKIBARA Motonori | 2016 | 89 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


A tale of cats, their friendship, adventures, encounters and farewells. Rudolf, a black cat, is suddenly separated from his beloved master. He unexpectedly wakes up in a long distance truck that takes him to metropolitan Tokyo. There, he meets Ippai-attena, a big boss cat feared by everyone in town. Unable to return home, Rudolf starts a life as a stray with Ippai-attena.

3 Mar 2018 (Sat), 5pm

Sansho The Bailiff

MIZOGUCHI Kenji | 1954 | 124 min | English subtitles | PG | DCP
*Digitally Restored Version*

$13 Per Ticket


When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

3 Mar 2018 (Sat), 8pm

Memoirs Of A Murderer

Yu Irie | 2017 | 118 min | English subtitles | NC16

$13 Per Ticket


5 lives were gruesomely taken in a shocking serial murder case in 1995. The statute of limitations expired without the killer being apprehended. 22 years later, he resurfaces sensationally at a press conference where he announces the launch of a memoir about the murders he committed. Cameras flash as the killer holds up his book with a daring, charismatic smile. His confession is just the beginning of his unfathomable master plan…


4 Mar 2018 (Sun), 2pm


FURUSAWA Takeshi | 2017 | 120 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


Twenty-seven-year-old Kaizaki Arata is unemployed after quitting his company job in just five months after something happens to him at work. One day, a mysterious man named Yoake Ryo invites him to participate in a social reintegration program called "ReLIFE" that involves taking medicine that will make him look 10 years younger and living as a high school student for one year only.

4 Mar 2018 (Sun), 5pm

Daytime Shooting Star

SHINJO Takehiko | 2017 | 119 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


Suzume, who has never been in love, meets Shishio, her homeroom teacher at the high school to which she transferred. For the first time in her life, Suzume develops a crush on the kind and supportive Shishio. At the same time, the classmate sitting next to Suzume, Mamura, who seemed averse to girls, confesses his feelings for her.

4 Mar 2018 (Sun), 8pm

The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice

OZU Yasujiro | 1952 | 115 min | English subtitles | PG | DCP
Asia Premiere *Digitally Restored Version*

$13 Per Ticket


A subtle, exquisite — and exquisitely-titled — study of an unhappy marriage, Ozu’s The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice centres on a middle-aged, middle-class, childless couple who find that their (arranged) relationship has lapsed into routine and lost its meaning. He (Shin Saburi) is a country-born creature of habit with plebeian tastes. She (Michiyo Kogure) is style-conscious and given to snobbishness, bored by and often contemptuous of her husband’s lack of sophistication. The arrival of a favourite niece, so full of romantic hope for the future, acts as catalyst for the return of grace and acceptance into their marriage. Dating from perhaps the peak period of Ozu’s career — his next film would be Tokyo Story 

5 Mar 2018 (Mon), 8pm

The Long Excuse

NISHIKAWA Miwa | 2016 | 124 min | English subtitles | M18

$13 Per Ticket


A bestselling author discovers the joys of living for others after his wife dies and he spends time with children who have lost their mother.

9 Mar 2018 (Fri), 8pm

Honnouji Hotel

SUZUKI Masayuki | 2017 | 119 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


Kuramoto Mayuko goes to Kyoto where her boyfriend's parents live. In a back street, she finds and checks in to the Honnouji Hotel, but when she exits the hotel's elevator, she emerges in 1582 Honnouji Temple.

10 Mar 2018 (Sat), 2pm

Tora-San Of Goto

OURA Masaru | 2016 | 114 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


Inuzuka Torao, known as "Tora of Goto" runs an udon noodle making business on the Goto Archipelago. Everyday, his seven children wake up at 5am, help with the business for an hour, then head for school. Over the 22 years the documentary follows them, the children, as they all grow up.

10 Mar 2018 (Sat), 5pm

Floating Weeds

OZU Yasujiro | 1959 | 119 min | English subtitles | PG | 35mm

$13 Per Ticket


In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weedsin color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema’s greatest directors. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating Weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.


10 Mar 2018 (Sat), 8pm


KUROSAWA Kiyoshi | 2016 | 130 min | English subtitles | NC16

$13 Per Ticket


Criminal psychologist Takakura is asked by detective Nogami to analyze a missing family case from six years ago. He questions the only living person who remembers the case, but cannot untangle the mystery. Meanwhile, having just moved, Takakura and his wife cannot seem to figure out their neighbour.

11 Mar 2018 (Sun), 2.30pm

MIZOGUCHI Kenji | 1954 | 102 min | English subtitles | PG | DCP
*Digitally Restored Version*

$13 Per Ticket


“Based on ‘The Legend of the Grand Scroll-Maker' by Chikamatsu, the renowned seventeenth-century writer for the puppet theater, this is the story of an illicit love between a merchant's wife and her husband's servant in the days when the punishment for adultery was crucifixion.

11 Mar 2018 (Sun), 5pm

Her Love Boils Bathwater

NAKANO Ryota | 2016 | 125 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


Futaba (Miyazawa Rie), whose husband suddenly left her one year ago, lives with her shy daughter, Azumi. When Futaba abruptly receives a diagnosis of a terminal illness, she aims to use the brief amount of time she has left to bring back her husband, restart the family's shut-down bathhouse business, and set Azumi on the path to independence.

11 Mar 2018 (Sun), 8pm

Tori Girl

HANABUSA Tsutomu | 2017 | 98 min | English subtitles | PG

$13 Per Ticket


Yukina has just entered university. She is instantly smitten by an older student, Kei, who invites her join the pilot team of the human-powered-flight club. The approximately 100 club members continue preparations for a summer contest, but another older student, Sakaba, takes Yukina's place as official pilot. Then one day, Kei suffers a serious injury.


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