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Over 20 Japanese Films to Screen For Free this September!

By Flora  /  01 Sep 2016 (Thursday)
The annual Japanese Film Festival will be held from the 1st-18th of September, offering more than 30 films for fans and movie lovers to enjoy. While some films are ticketed, most of its film offerings are free-of-charge! 

Japanese Film Festival 2016
Date: 1-18 Sep
Venue: Gallery Theatre - National Museum of Singapore (Nearest MRT Station: Dhoby Ghaut)
Ticket Pricing:
  • Mostly Free (Limited to 2 tix per person, to be collected 40mins before, on the same screening day)
  • Selected films: $13
(Remember to read up the FAQ for free admission screenings!)

('Yumeji' - Suzuki Seijun)
Photo Credit: Japanese Film Festival

This year’s festival focuses on god of Japan’s cult cinema, Suzuki Seijun, whse works ranges from B-movie yakuza thrillers to arthouse mysteries. This is also the man whom inspired many of modern big directors like Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, John Woo and others. 

If you’ve not heard from Seijun, this is your chance to check out his works at the festival! There are a total of 23 free-admission films including ‘A Tale Of Sorrow And Sadness’, ‘ Flowers & Rage’, Youth Of The Beast’ and ‘Yumeji’. 

('Wolf Girl & Black Prince' -Ryuchi Hiroki​)
Photo Credit: AnimeNewsNetwork.com

For the manga fans, don’t miss love comedy ‘Bittersweet’, and teenage romance ‘Wolf Girl & Black Prince’, directed by Kusano Shogo and Ryuchi Hiroki respectively. ‘Bittersweet’ is inspired by Yumio Kobayashi's manga of the same title and stars Haruna Kawaguchi and Kento Hayashi; while ‘Wolf Girl & Black Prince’ is based on the manga series "Okami Shojo to Kuro Oji" by Ayuko Hatta. 

Other highlights to look out for: 
  • The Boy And The Beast 
The 2015 Japanese animated action adventure fantasy film written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda not only clinched the #1 spot at the Japanese box office during its opening weekend, it also won Animation of the Year at the 37th Japan Academy Prize.
  • After The Storm <Paid Admission>
Written and directed by film auteur Hirokazu Koreeda (Like Father, Like Son), the drama film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

(Check out the range of films at Japanese Film Festival's website, here!)

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