Japan Foundation Bangkok

The Japanese Film Festival 2020

The Japanese Film Festival 2020

 

Bangkok Khon Kaen Chiang Mai Phuket

 

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, in collaboration with SF Corporation Public Company Limited and AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) Public Company Limited, welcome the year 2020 with our prime and annual film festival, the ‘Japanese Film Festival 2020’, which will be started soon from Thursday 6 February until Sunday 8 March 2020!  This year we have earnestly brought a variety of 14 award-winning and recent films for our cinephiles and Japanese culture and film enthusiasts to relish the moment as much awaited and anticipated. The festival will be traveling to four different regions of Thailand, including Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.

 

Bangkok

6 (Thu) – 16 (Sun)February

SF World Cinema, Central World

Khon Kaen

21 (Fri) – 23 (Sun) February

SF Cinema, Central Khonkaen

Chiang Mai

28 (Fri) February – 1 (Sun) March

SFX Cinema, MAYA Chiang Mai

Phuket

6 (Fri) – 8 (Sun) March

SFX Cinema, Central Festival Phuket

 

The Japanese Film Festival is an exquisite event held only once a year and seats are limited. So, grasp your tickets as soon as possible and hope that you will enjoy our deliberately selected films!

 

The film lists and ticket buying methods for each city are provided below.

**Please check our website and Facebook for film screening schedule update.

 

Lists of Films

1. A Banana? At This Time of Night? directed by Tetsu Maeda (120 min/ 2018)
2. Angel Sign directed by Tsukasa Hojo, Nonzee Nimibutr, Kamila Andini, Ham Tran, Ken Ochiai, Masatsugu Asahi (105 min/ 2019)
3. Bento Harassment directed by Renpei Tsukamoto (106 min/ 2019)
4. Children of the Sea directed by Ayumu Watanabe (111 min/ 2019)
5. Dance with Me directed by Shinobu Yaguchi (103 min/ 2019)
6. I Go Gaga, My Dear directed by Naoko Nobutomo (102 min/ 2018)
7. Little Love Song directed by Kojiro Hashimoto (123 min/ 2019)
8. Masquerade Hotel directed by Masayuki Suzuki (132 min/ 2019)
9. Miyamoto directed by Tetsuya Mariko (129 min/ 2019) * R – 20
10. My Dad is a Heel Wrestler directed by Kyohei Fujimura (111 min/ 2018)
11. Samurai Shifters directed by Isshin Inudo (120 min/ 2019)
 12. The Fable directed by Kan Eguchi (123 min/ 2019)
 13. Until I Meet September’s Love directed by Toru Yamamoto (105 min/ 2019)
 14. 12 Suicidal Teens directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (118 min/ 2019)
Note: * R -20 The film contains language, violence and sexual scenes which are not suitable for people under 20.  Audiences of the film are required to show ID card or passport at the entry of the Cinema.

 

***All of the films have both English and Thai subtitles except Angel Sign which has no dialogue.***

 

Especially in Bangkok, we would like to invite you to join our two special talks.

1. The special talks by Mr. Shoji MASUI (Exevutive Producer) and Mr. Takao TSUCHIMOTO (Producers) from Dance with Me, on Friday 7 February during 20:40 – 21:10 at Cinema 4. SFW Cinema Central World.
2. The special talk by Mr. Yusei KATO, Producer of Angel Sign and Mr. Nonzee Nimibutr, one of the Directors of Angel Sign, on Saturday 8 February during 15:30 -16:00 hrs. at Cinema 4, SFW Cinema Central World.*** The audiences with the ticket of Dance with Me on Friday 7 February (19:00) and Angel Sign on Saturday 8 February 2020 (13:30) will be able to attend the relevant post-talk which will start after the screening of each film. The talk will be conducted in Japanese and Thai.
*** The audiences with the ticket of Dance with Me on Friday 7 February (19:00) and Angel Sign on Saturday 8 February 2020 (13:30) will be able to attend the relevant post-talk which will start after the screening of each film. The talk will be conducted in Japanese and Thai.

 

On Thursday 6 February 2020, the Opening day of the Japanese Film Festival 2020, Mr. Shoji MASUI, Mr. Takao TSUCHIMOTO , Mr. Yusei KATO and Mr. Nonzee Nimibutr will be present on the stage during the Opening ceremony at Sky Lobby on 8th floor of SF World Cinema Central World.

 

There will be also a mini show by BNK48 before the official Opening ceremony.

 

The Opening Film will be “A Banana? At This Time of Night?” directed by Tetsu Maeda who won the 43rd Fumiko Yamaji Welfare Award and starred by Yo Oizumi, Mitsuki Takahata, and Haruma Miura. The film is based on a true story from the novel “Konna Yofuke ni Banana kayo” by Kazufumi Watanabe winning the 35th of Soichi Oya Nonfiction Award and also the 25th of Kodansha Nonfiction Award. The story is evolved around the life of Yasuaki Shikano at the age of 34 who long suffered from muscular dystrophy and was confined a wheelchair. How he lived his life with his audacious whims and interacted with everybody as equals will definitely leave meaningful messages to kindred spirits and us all.

 

In addition, we proudly recommend a special array of outstanding films which will bring joy, excitement, and impression to everyone. For instance, these include:

 

“Angel Sign” is the anthology film of interconnected stories based on five award winning SILENT MANGA AUDITION® adaptations. Directed by Tsukasa Hojo, the creator of “City Hunter” as his directorial debut, the film contains no dialogue using only ambient sounds and music. Remarkably, one of the adaptation is based on “SKY SKY” by Prema – Ja, Thai illustrator and SMA1 Grand Prix Award Winner and directed by Nonzee Nimibutr, the famed Thai Director best known for “Nang Nak.”

 

“I Go Gaga, My Dear” is the heartfelt documentary film directed by Naoko Nobutomo who filmed the day-to-day struggles of caring a family member of dementia. The film was initially screened in a small cinema in Sapporo before eventually expanded to 70 screens as a big hit in Japan for over three months thanks to word-of-mouth. Winning the Grand Prix Award from Agency for Cultural Affairs Film Award and the 43rd Japan Catholic Film Award, this documentary was particularly recommended by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and also by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan.

 

“The Fable,” is about an enigmatic assassin who terrorized the underworld but was later told to live a normal life without killing anyone. Based on manga series “The Fable,” winner of the general category of the 41st Kodansha Manga Award in 2017 by Katsuhisa Minami, the film won the Best Asian Film Award for New Cinema from Asia at the 19th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland and the Best Action Movie at the 23rd Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada.

 

Directed by Shinobu Yaguchi, the Director of Woodjob! Survival Family, Swing Girls and Water Boys, “Dance with Me” is centered on Shizuka, a working woman, who falls under the spell of breaking uncontrollably into singing and dancing whenever and wherever she hears music. The film won Toronto Japan Film Festival’s Audience Choice Kobayashi Award and Shinobu Yaguchi himself also won the Special Director Award from the same Festival. Moreover, this film earned the Silver Award (Audience Award) of the 23rd Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival’s Best Asian Feature Award.

 

“Masquerade Hotel,” starring Takuya Kimura, a former member of J-Pop “SMAP,” and Masami Nagasawa, a famed actress winning a Japan Academy Prize, Mainichi Film Award and Blue Ribbon Award,” is based on the best-selling novel “Masquerade Hotel” by Keigo Higashino (published by Shueisha). Kosuke Nitta of the Metropolitan Police Department Investigative Division and Naomi Yamagishi, the first-rate clerk of Hotel Cortesia, must overcome their butting heads to unveil the masks of hotel guests and discover the killer and serial murderer. The film was swiftly ranked number one of Japan Box Office gaining 798 million yen from selling 614,450 movie tickets during the first three days of 18-20 January 2019.

 

“Miyamoto” projects the rollercoaster experiences of Hiroshi Miyamoto, an awkward and tactless salesman, who falls in love with Yasuko Nakano, a friend of senior coworker but their love would be put through the ultimate and greatest test of their lives. Adapted from the award winning comic from the seinen general category of the 38th Shogakukan Awards in 1992, the film was directed by Tetsuya Mariko who won the Best Director Award and Sokuke Ikematsu, the male protagonist, who also earned the Best Male Actor Award from the 32nd Nikkan Sports Film Award 2019.

 

Apart from these films, please do not miss watching more of our selected films, including Until I Meet September’s Love, 12 Suicidal Teens, Samurai Shifters, Bento Harassment, Little Love Song, Children of the Sea and My Dad is a Heel Wrestler.

 

Ticketing and film screening in each venue

Bangkok

Ticket fee  100/120/300 THB

* For AEON card holders throughout Thailand, the film ticket could be purchased with 20 Baht discount per seat through the SF’s Box Office only. The ticket discount is not applicable with online ticket buying method.

Ticket purchase Box office at

SF World Cinema Central World
www.sfcinemacity.com 

 

Screening schedule of

Japanese Film Festival 2020

in Bangkok 6 – 16 February 2020

at SF World Cinema Central World

Date  Time Film Title
Thu: 6 Feb 20:00 A Banana? At This Time of Night? (120 min) (Opening Film)
Fri: 7 Feb 19:00  Dance with Me (103 min) + Post talk (30 min)
Sat: 8 Feb 13:30  Bento Harassment (106 min)
13:30  Angel Sign (105 min) + Post talk (30 min)
16:00  Samurai Shifters (120 min)
16:15  Until I Meet September’s Love (105 min)
18:30  Masquerade Hotel (132 min)
18:30  Miyamoto (129 min) * R-20
Sun: 9 Feb 13:30  Dance With Me (103 min)
13:30  Little Love Song (123 min)
16:00  Children of the Sea (111 min)
16:00  I Go Gaga, My Dear (102 min)
18:30  12 Suicidal Teens (118 min)
18:30  The Fable (123 min)
Mon: 10 Feb 13:30  My Dad is a Heel Wrestler (111 min)
16:00  A Banana? At This Time of Night? (120 min)
18:30  Masquerade Hotel (132 min)
Tue: 11 Feb 19:00  12 Suicidal Teens (118 min)
19:00  Children of the Sea (111 min)
Wed: 12 Feb 19:00  A Banana? At this Time of Night? (120 min)
19:00  I Go Gaga, My Dear (102 min)
Thu: 13 Feb 19:00  Little Love Song (123 min)
19:00  Angel Sign (105 min)
Fri: 14 Feb 19:00  The Fable (123 min)
19:00  Miyamoto (129 min) * R-20
Sat: 15 Feb 13:30  My Dad is a Heel Wrestler (111 min)
13:30  12 Suicidal Teens (118 min)
16:00  Dance With Me (103 min)
16:00  I Go Gaga, My Dear (102 min)
18:15  The Fable (123 min)
18:15  Masquerade Hotel (132 min)
Sun: 16 Feb 13:30  Bento Harassment (106 min)
13:30  Little Love Song (123 min)
16:00  Samurai Shifters (120 min)
16:00  Until I Meet September’s Love (105 min)
18:15  Miyamoto (129 min) * R-20
18:30  A Banana? At this Time of Night? (120 min)

 

Note: * R -20 The film contains language, violence and sexual scenes which are not suitable for people under 20.  Audiences of the film are required to show ID card or passport at the entry of the Cinema.

 

Khon Kaen 

Ticket fee  100/120/300 THB

Ticket purchase Box office at SF Cinema,

Central Plaza Khon Kaen

www.sfcinemacity.com  

 

Screening schedule of

Japanese Film Festival 2020

in Khon Kaen 21 – 23 February 2020

at SF Cinema Central Plaza Khon Kaen

Date Time Film Title
Fri: 21 Feb 18:30  A Banana? At This Time of Night? (120 min)
Sat: 22 Feb 13:30  Dance With Me (103 min)
15:45  Little Love Song (123 min)
18:15  Masquerade Hotel (132 min)
Sun: 23 Feb 13:30  Bento Harassment (106 min)
16:00  Until I Meet September’s Love (105 min)
18:15  12 Suicidal Teens (118 min)

 

Chiang Mai 

Ticket fee  100/120/300 THB

Ticket purchase Box office at SFX Cinema,

MAYA Chiang Mai

www.sfcinemacity.com 

 

Screening schedule of

Japanese Film Festival 2020

in Chiang Mai 28 February – 1 March 2020

at SFX Cinema MAYA Chiang Mai

Date Time Film Title
Fri: 28 Feb 19:00  A Banana? At This Time of Night? (120 min)
 Sat: 29 Feb 13:30  Dance With Me (103 min)
16:00  I Go Gaga, My Dear (102 min)
18:15  Masquerade Hotel (132 min)
Sun: 1 Mar 13:30  Bento Harassment (106 min)
16:00  12 Suicidal Teens (118 min)
18:30  The Fable (123 min)

 

Phuket 

Ticket fee  100/120/300 THB

Ticket purchase Box office at SFX Cinema,

Central Phuket

www.sfcinemacity.com 

 

Screening schedule of

Japanese Film Festival 2020

in Phuket 6 – 8 March 2020

at SFX Cinema Central Festival Phuket

Date Time Film Title
Fri: 6 Mar 18:30  A Banana? At This Time of Night? (120 min)
Sat: 7 Mar 13:30  Dance With Me (103 min)
15:45  Little Love Song (123 min)
18:15  Masquerade Hotel (132 min)
Sun: 8 Mar 13:30  Bento Harassment (106 min)
16:00  Until I Meet September’s Love (105 min)
18:15  12 Suicidal Teens (118 min)

 

Exclusively for our audiences of Japanese Film Festival 2020! Watch 4 films and get a special ECO bag!

Rules:
1. ONE film ticket can be exchanged for ONE stamp.
2. In one stamp card, the film title can NOT be repeated, meaning 4 films have to be different.
3. All 4 stamps must be collected in one card. Accumulating of stamps from many cards will not be counted. If the card is lost, the stamp cannot be reissued.
4. A printed ticket can be exchanged for a stamp anytime but E-ticket must be exchanged for a stamp within the day of the screening.
5. ECO-bag can be exchanged within the last day of the Festival in each city.
6. The stamp card, stamp and ECO bag will be provided at the desk of Japanese Film Festival 2020 on the 7th floor near SF’s Box Office.

 

For synopsis and more details about each film, please visit our links as follows.

 

Contact Information

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok

10th Fl. Serm-mit Tower,

159 Sukhumvit 21,

Bangkok 10110

TEL:+66-2-260-8560~3

FAX:+66-2-260-8565

Natchayaporn Saengkham:
natchayaporn@jfbkk.or.th (Thai and English)

Benyatip Tiraviriyapol:
benyatip@jfbkk.or.th (Thai and English)

Suphawat Laohachaiboon:
suphawat@jfbkk.or.th (Thai and English)

Hikaru Kuwahara:
kuwahara@jfbkk.or.th (Japanese and English)

 

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