Japanese Film Festival To Run from Mar 2-18

If you’re a fan of Japanese films, then March has an epic festival of it in store for you in Singapore. The 21st edition of the critically-acclaimed Japanese Film festival will officially kick off at the National Museum of Singapore from March 2 – 18.

The festival premiere will feature the much-anticipated blockbuster film by Director Shinobu Yaguchi, ‘Survival Family’. Movie-goers can also be audience to a live panel discussion led by some of the Japanese Film Industry’s big names which include Left Profile Artiste, Michelle Chong, Director Yaguchi, and Reiko Yokoi as the emcee to the event.

By William Cho – The National Museum of Singapore, CC BY-SA 2.0

Japanese Film Festival to Be Held at the National Museum of Singapore from March 2-18

Japanese Film aficionados will get treated to a variety of films of different genres. To make the festival more audience-friendly, all movie screenings will have English subtitles.

Survival Family

The list of films to be featured at the Festival include director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s thriller-mystery film “Creepy,” the appalling 1995 serial murder case turned-film ‘Memoirs of a Murderer,’ ’The Story of Chikamatsu,’ a movie which tells a distinct story with themes centering on business and betrayal, and a mystery film with a comical touch ‘Honnouji Hotel.’


Some of the more intriguing and highly-anticipated films to make the festival’s line-up are the romantic film, ‘Daytime Shooting Stars’ which stars Mei Nagano, Shohei Miura, together with Alan Shirahama, and ‘Relife,’ a story that is based on the manga series with the same title by Yayoiso and adapted into film by director Takeshi Furusawa.

Floating Weeds

A wave of drama films will also be showcased at the Film Festival. Among the titles to look out for is ‘The Long Excuse’ by author and director Miwa Nishikawa; ‘The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice’ and ’Floating Weeds’ by Yasujiro Ozu; Ryota Nakano’s ‘Her Love Boils Bathwater’; Shohei Imamura’s 1958-inspired period drama ‘The Ballad of Narayama’ and ‘Sansho the Bailiff’ which tells the story of mother and child during a time of suffering and oppression in Japan.

Rudolf the Black Cat

The Film Festival will also feature movies for the kids such as the 2016 3D-CG Japanese animation hit film, ‘Rudolf the Black Cat’ and the wholesome comedy movie ‘Tori Girl’ to bring in the fun an laughters.

With ‘Survival Family’ expected to fill premiere night seats, movie-goers are given another reason to come back for more with the 114-minute film screening of the heart-warming documentary, ‘Torasan of Goto’ which deals with familial themes such as seeing your children grow, marry, give birth, return home, and finally, to part ways.


For more details on this year’s Festival screening schedule and ticket prices, check out the official Japanese Film Festival 2018 Website.