Japan Foundation Bangkok

Japanese Film Festival 2019

The Japanese Film Festival 2019

Bangkok • Chiang Mai • Phuket



Event periods and venues


24 January (Thu) – 3 February (Sun) 2019
SF World Cinema, Central World
3,394 people
Media Coverage
Special event: Directors Talks
Pre-talk by Mr. Nori Koizumi
26 January 2019 at 12:40 p.m.
Cinema 3, SF World Cinema, Central World
Full house
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Post-talk by Mr. Nori Koizumi
26 January 2019 at 20:10 p.m.
Cinema 3, SF World Cinema, Central World
Full house
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Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds
Post-talk by Mr. Hiroshi Sugawara
27 January 2019 at 16:00 p.m.
Cinema 4, SF World Cinema, Central World
Full house
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Chiang Mai
8 (Fri) – 10 (Sun) February 2019
SFX Cinema, MAYA Chiang Mai
795 people
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22 (Fri) – 24 (Sun) February 2019
SFX Cinema, Central Festival Phuket
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The Japan Foundation, Bangkok welcomes the 2019 with our annual film festival, the ‘Japanese Film Festival 2019’, which will be starting on Thursday 24th January until Sunday 24th February! This year we have selected 12 recent and older films to relish everyone’s much awaited anticipation. The festival will be traveling to three different regions of Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. The Opening Film for the three cities is “The Crimes That Bind,” a drama and suspense film directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa.


Remarkably, apart from “The Crimes That Bind,” we proudly recommend a special selection of award-winning films which will bring everybody’s happiness, warm and heartfelt sentiments with unforgettable experiences. This include “Life is Fruity,” the touching documentary film which earned the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film of the Year in the Culture Section, “Lu over the Wall,” Masaaki Yuasa’s animation which won the Cristal for Best Feature Film from Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2017 and Ofuji Noburo Award from Mainichi Film Awards 2018, “Mixed Doubles,” the sport comedy starred by Yui Aragaki who won Best Actress Award from the 60th Blue Ribbon Awards 2018, and “Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda’s animation which won the Best Animated Film from Florida Film Critics Circle Award 2018 as well as the the Anima’t Award as the Best Feature Length Film from Siges Catalonion International Film Festival 2018, and  “Yakiniku Dragon, ” Chong Wishing’s film based on his award-winning stage play about Korean villagers in Tokyo around the time of Osaka Expo 1970 with shared love, laughter and tears. Moreover, “Chihayafuru” Part 3, the final one based on Manga series which won the 2nd Manga Taisho in 2009 by Yuki Suetsugu, will be screened in 3 provinces. Last but not least, “Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds,” the drama adapted from the actual photo contest in Hokkaidao, Japan and selected for screening in the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018, will be screened along with this year lineup.


Especially only in Bangkok, 3 special events will be held and we would like to invite you to share the extraordinary moments together!


1. Marathon Screening of “Chihayafuru” Part 1-3

To welcome the final part of Chihayafuru films, we bring “Chihayafuru” Part 1 and 2 (screened in JFF2017) back and this Chihayafuru Trilogy will be screened continuously only on Saturday 26th January.


2. Special talk by Mr. Nori Koizumi, Director of “Chihayafuru” Part 1-3

Mr. Nori Koizumi will be making an appearance on Thursday 24th January for the Opening Ceremony of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 at 19:30 at Sky Lobby. During the Festival, the audiences with the ticket for “Chihayafuru” Part 1 and/or Part 3 on Saturday 26th January will be able to participate in the special talk by Mr. Nori Koizumi. The talk will be before the screening of “Chihayafuru” Part 1 (20 min.) and after the screening of “Chihayafuru” Part 3 (30 min.). The talk will be in English with Thai translation.


3. Special talk by Mr. Hiroshi Sugawara, Director of “Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds”

Audiences who have the ticket for “Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds” screening on Sunday 27th January will be able to join the talk session (30 min.) by Mr. Hiroshi Sugawara after the film screening. The talk will be in Japanese with Thai translation.


Guests Biography


Nori Koizumi, Director of “Chihayafuru” Part 1-3



Following his phenomenal directorial debut in the feature film, “Midnight Sun” (2006), Koizumi released the internationally acclaimed “GACHI BOY -Wrestling With a Memory-” (2008), which screened at several foreign film festivals. His success continued with “FLOWERS” (2010) and “The Liar and His Lover” (2013). Director Koizumi is known for his sensitive and emotional portrayals and his ability to spot and cast fresh, young talents. He not only directed, but also wrote the screenplay for “Chihayafuru.”Koizumi is expected to be a preeminent director in the future of Japanese film.


Hiroshi Sugawara, Director of Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds



He graduated cum laude from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with a concentration in film production. His directorial debut, “Seven Days War” (1988), received critical attention and was selected among Japan’s Top 100 Films. “Fireflies: River of Light” (2004) was an official selection of the 16th Annual Tokyo International Film Festival. “Hayazaki No Hana” (2006) was an official selection of the 19th Annual Tokyo International Film Festival and received critical acclaim at home and abroad.


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!


There will be 11 films screenings in Bangkok, 7 in Chiang Mai and Phuket. All the films have both Thai and English subtitles. The film lists and ticket buying methods for each city are provided below.


Lists of Films

1. Chihayafuru Part 1 directed by Nori Koizumi (111 min/ 2016)
2. Chihayafuru Part 2 directed by Nori Koizumi (102 min/ 2016)
3. Chihayafuru Part 3 directed by Nori Koizumi (127 min/ 2018)
4. Laughing Under the Clouds directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro (94 min/ 2018)
5. Life Is Fruity directed by Kenshi Fushihara (90 min/ 2017)
6. Lu over the Wall directed by Masaaki Yuasa (112 min/ 2017)
7. Mirai directed by Mamoru Hosoda (98 min/ 2018)
8. Mixed Doubles directed by Junichi Ishikawa (119 min/ 2017)
9. Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds directed by Hiroshi Sugawara (117 min/ 2017)
10. The Crimes That Bind directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa (119 min/ 2018)
11. The Scythian Lamb directed by Daihachi Yoshida (126 min/ 2018)
12. Yakiniku Dragon directed by Wui-Sin Chong (126 min/ 2018)


Photos for PR


Chihayafuru Part 3
2018/128 min.
Drama, Comedy, Romance

© 2018 “Chihayafuru” Film Partners
© Yuki Suetsugu / KODANSHA LTD.



Laughing Under the Clouds
2018/94 min.
Action, Drama, Horror

©2018 Laughing Under the Clouds Film Partners



Life is Fruity
2017/91 min.




Lu over the Wall
2017/112 min.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy

©2017 Lu Film partners



2018/98 min.
Animation, Adventure,Family



Mixed Doubles
2017/ 119 min.
Family, sport

©2017 “MIXED DOUBLES” Film Partners



Shashi Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds
2017/117 min.



The Crimes That Bind
2018/119 min.
Drama, Mystery, Suspense

© 2018 The Crimes That Bind Film Production Committee
© Keigo Higashino/KODANSHA All Rights Reserved.



The Scythian Lamb
2018/126 min.
Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

©2018 “The Scythian Lamb” Film Partners
©Tatsuhiko Yamagami, Mikio Igarashi/KODANSHA



Yakiniku Dragon
2018/126 min.

©2018″YAKINIKU DRAGON” Film Partners



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

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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