Art & Culture
The Kick-off Event of the 130th Anniversary Year
for Thailand-Japan Diplomatic Relations

The Japanese Film Festival 2017
Starts at Bangkok from 4 February 2017!
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Phuket
@SF Cinema City group

© Kouno Fumiyo. Futabasha / "In This Corner Of The World" Production Committee
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok warmly welcomes the New Year 2017 with excitement that the time to raise the curtain of Japanese Film Festival 2017 will be coming soon on Saturday 4th February in Bangkok. The Festival will last until Sunday 19 March this year!

As the Japanese Film Festival 2017 will be the kick-off event to commemorate the 130th Anniversary of Thailand - Japan Diplomatic Relations, the Japan Foundation, Bangkok would like to invite everyone to cherish the sustainable amity between these two countries through this special event. To memorize this momentous moments, we have selected 14 most recent films, including the awarding winning one, to relish everyone’s much awaited anticipation. Like last year, we organize the Festival in four different regions of Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai in the North, Khon Kaen in the Northeast and first time ever Phuket in the South of the country.

The Opening Film is “In This Corner of the World,” the swiftly fund-crowded and latest feature of Mai Mai Miracle writer and director Mr. Sunao Katabuchi. This historical animation remarkably won various recognized awards, including the Best Film Awards from the 38th Yokohama Film Festival and the Hiroshima Peace Film Award from the 3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival in 2016. Its tremendous success was echoed in 2017 by the Best Director and the Best Japanese Film Awards of Kinema Junpo, the Japan’s oldest film magazine.

Apart from “In This Corner of the World,” we proudly recommend a special selection of films which will bring everybody’s joyful laughter, unforgettable experiences and even unstoppable tears of impression, for instance, “Sanada Ten Braves” (by Director Yukihiko Tutsumi and starred by Mr. Masaya Kato), “Creepy” (by Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa), “Sweet Bean (An)” (by Director Naomi Kawase) and the Closing Film in Bangkok “Her Love Boils Bathwater” (by Director Ryota Nakano).


Mr. Masaya Kato © 2016 SANADA TEN BRAVES FILM PARTERS
More excitingly, the Opening events of the Japanese Film Festival will start with opening ceremony attended by one Japanese and many Thai stars, including Mr. Masaya Kato, a famous Japanese actor starring in “Sanada Ten Braves,” Mr. Chantavit Dhanasevi (Ter), Ms. Jarinporn Junkiat (Toey), as well as Mr. Banjong Pisanthanakun (Tong). Then, there will be a special talks about the Japanese films by these special guests before the screening of Opening film.

As the Japanese Film Festival is an exquisite venue held only once a year, people who buy the ticket for the Opening Film will be invited to attend this exciting event! Seats are limited; so, grasp your tickets as soon as possible. Please enjoy our films at the big screens with your family, lover and friends.

Last but not least, please join our “Watch-Write-Win” contest! The rules are easy: watch a movie, write a review and win a prize for two economy round tickets to Tokyo for entry to the “Tokyo International Film Fetsival 2017” and two nights accommodation for two people in Tokyo. Vote your favorite film you watch in our Festival and write a review to participate in the contest to win the prize. For more information, please visit:

Japanese Film Festival 2017 – Thailand (English and Thai languages available) http://th.japanesefilmfest.org/

Watch-Write-Win website: http://www.japanesefilmfest.org/vote/

Please do not miss this opportunity!

Please kindly help us publicize this event in your PR printed and online materials.

There will be 14 film screenings in Bangkok, 8 in Chiang Mai and 7 in Khon Kaen and Phuket. The screening schedule for each city and ticket buying methods are provided below.

List of film screenings
  1. Opening: [In This Corner of the World] directed by Mr. Sunao Katabuchi
    (2016, 128 mins)
  2. [Chihayafuru Part 1] directed by Norihiro Koizumi (2016, 111 mins)
  3. [Chihayafuru Part 2] directed by Norihiro Koizumi (2016, 102 mins)
  4. [Creepy] directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (2016, 130 mins)
  5. [Gold Medal Man] directed by Teruyoshi Uchimura (2016,108 mins)
  6. [Harmonium] directed by Koji Fukada (2016, 118 mins)
  7. [Her Love Boils Bathwater] directed by Ryota Nakano (2016, 125 mins)
  8. [Sanada Ten Braves] directed by Yukihiko Tutsumi (2016, 135 mins)
  9. [Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow] directed by Yoshitaka Mori (2016, 123 mins)
  10. [Sweet Bean (An)] directed by Naomi Kawase (2015,113 mins)
  11. [The Magnificent Nine] directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (2016, 129 mins)
  12. [The Mohican Comes Home] directed by Shuichi Okita (2016, 125 mins)
  13. [The Top Secret: Murder in Mind] directed by Keisho Otomo (2016, 148 mins)
  14. [What a Wonderful Family] directed by Yoji Yamada (2016, 108 mins)
Event periods and venues
Bangkok
Festival period  Saturday 4 – Sunday 12 February 2017 
Venue  SF World Cinema Central World
Opening Film   Saturday 4 February [In This Corner of the World]
directed by Mr. Sunao Katabuchi (2016)
Entry fee      120 THB
Ticket buying methods   Box office at SF World Cinema Central World
www.sfcinemacity.com
SF Call Center 02-268-8888
All methods are available from
Wednesday 25th January 201
Film screening schedule
กรุงเทพฯ 4-12 กุมภาพันธ์ 2560 ที่โรงภาพยนตร์ เอสเอฟเวิลด์ซีเนม่า ณ เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์
Bangkok: 4-12 Februray 2017 at SF World Cinema Central World
วันที่ เวลา ภาพยนตร์
Date Time Film
Sat 4 Feb 16.00 - Opening Event &  In This Corner of the World (128 min.)
19.30 - Special Event & Sanada Ten Braves (135 min.)
Sun 5 Feb 14.20-16.40 Sanada Ten Braves (135 min.)
14.00-16.30 The Top Secret: Murder in Mind (148 min.)
17.15-19.10 Chihayafuru Part 1 (111 min.)
17.00-19.00 Harmonium (118 min.)
19.40-21.20 Chihayafuru Part 2 (102 min.)
19.30-21.25 Sweet Bean (An) (113 min.)
Mon 6 Feb 19.00-21.10 The Mohican Comes Home (125 min.)
Tue 7 Feb 19.00-21.10 The Magnificent Nine (129 min.)
Wed 8 Feb 19.00-21.10 Satoshi: A Move for Tommorrow (123 min.)
Thu 9 Feb 19.00-20.50 What a Wonderful family! (108 min.)
Fri 10 Feb 19.00-21.10 Creepy (130 min.)
Sat 11 Feb 14.20-16.10 Gold Medal Man (108 min.)
14.00-16.00 Chihayafuru Part 1 (111 min.)
16.40-18.40 Sweet Bean (An) (113 min.)
16.30-18.15 Chihayafuru Part 2 (102 min.)
19.10-21.25 Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow (123 min.)
18.40-21.10 The Top Secret:Murder in Mind (148 min.)
Sun 12 Feb 14.00-15.50 Gold Medal Man (108 min.)
14.20-16.10 What a Wonderful Family! (108 min.)
16.10-18.20 In This Corner of the World (128 min.)
16.30-18.40 Creepy (130 min.)
18.40-20.45 Her Love Boils Bathwater (125 min.)
* ผู้ชมที่ถึอบัตรพิเศษรอบงานเปิดต้องเข้าโรงภาพยนตร์ไม่ช้ากว่า 4 โมงเย็น   

Chiang Mai
Festival period  Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 February 2017
Venue  SFX Cinema MAYA Chiang Mai
Entry fee      80 THB
Ticket buying methods   Box office at SFX Cinema MAYA Chiang Mai
www.sfcinemacity.com
SF Call Center 02-268-8888
All methods are available from
Wednesday 25th January 2017
Film screening schedule
เชียงใหม่ : 23-26 กุมภาพันธ์ 2560 เอสเอฟเอ็กซ์ ซีเนม่า เมญ่า ไลฟ์สไตล์ช็อปปิ้งเซ็นเตอร์
Chiang Mai: 23-26 February 2017 at SFX Cinema MAYA Chiang Mai
วันที่ เวลา ภาพยนตร์
Date Time Film
Thu 23 Feb 18.30  Opening Event  
19.00 Screening  In This Corner of the World (128 min.)
Fri 24 Feb 18.30-20.30 Harmonium (118 min.)
Sat 25 Feb 14.00-16.00 Chihayafuru Part 1 (111 min.)
16.30-18.10 Chihayafuru Part 2 (102 min.)
18.40-20.40 Sweet Bean (An) (113 min.)
Sun 26 Feb 14.00-16.20 Sanada Ten Braves (135 min.)
16.50-19.20 The Top Secret:Murder in Mind (148 min.)
19.40-21.50 Creepy (130 min.)

Khon Kaen
Festival period  Friday 3– Sunday 5 March 2017
Venue  SF Cinema Central Plaza Khon Kaen
Entry fee      ***Free admission***
Ticket buying methods  Advance booking will be available one week before through email booking_acd@jfbkk.or.th. Free ticket will also be available 45 minutes before the screening of each film at the Information Counter of “Japanese Film Festival 2017” in front of SF Cinema Central Plaza Khon Kaen . For more information: www.sfcinemacity.com or contact SF Call Center 02-268-8888.
Film screening schedule
ขอนแก่น: 3-5 มีนาคม 2560 เอสเอฟ ซีเนม่า เซ็นทรัล พลาซ่า ขอนแก่น
Khon Kaen: 3- 5 March 2017 at SF Cinema Central Plaza Khon Kaen
วันที่ เวลา ภาพยนตร์
Date Time Film
Fri 3 Mar 18.00  Opening Ceremony  
18.30 Screening Sweet Bean (An) (113 min.)
Sat 4 Mar 14.00-15.50 What a Wonderful Family! (108 min.)
16.20-18.50 The Top Secret:Murder in Mind (148 min.)
19.10-21.20 Creepy (130 min.)
Sun 5 Mar 14.00-15.55 Chihayafuru Part 1 (111 min.)
16.20-17.50 Chihayafuru Part 2 (102 min.)
18.20-20.30 The Magnificent Nine (129 min.)

Phuket
Festival period  Friday 17 – Sunday 19 March 2017
Venue  SF Cinema Central Festival Phuket
Entry fee ***Free admission***
Ticket buying methods  Advance booking will be available one week before through email booking_acd@jfbkk.or.th. Free ticket will also be available 45 minutes before the screening of each film at the Information Counter of “Japanese Film Festival 2017” in front of SFX Cinema Central Festival Phuket. For more information: www.sfcinemacity.com or contact SF Call Center 02-268-8888.
Film screening schedule
ภูเก็ต: 17-19 มีนาคม 2560 เอสเอฟเอ็กซ์ โคลีเซี่ยม ซีเนม่า เซ็นทรัล เฟสติวัล ภูเก็ต
Phuket: 17- 19 March 2017 at SFX Cinema Central Festival Phuket
วันที่ เวลา ภาพยนตร์
Date Time Film
Fri 17 Mar 18.00  Opening Ceremony  
18.30 Screening Sweet Bean (An) (113 min.)
Sat 18 Mar 14.00-15.50 What a Wonderful Family! (108 min.)
16.20-18.50 The Top Secret:Murder in Mind (148 min.)
19.20-21.30 Creepy (130 min.)
Sun 19 Mar 14.00-15.55 Chihayafuru Part 1 (111 min.)
16.20-18.05 Chihayafuru Part 2 (102 min.)
18.30-20.35 Satoshi: A Move for Tommorrow (123 min.)

Organizers
Organizers: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
Supporters: The Embassy of Japan in Thailand

For synopsis and more details about each film, please visit our links as follows.
Special website: http://th.japanesefilmfest.org/
Facebook event page [เทศกาลภาพยนตร์ญี่ปุ่น 2560 Japanese Film Festival 2017]
Japan Foundation, Bangkok’s website: http:// www.jfbkk.or.th
Japan Foundation, Bangkok’s facebook https://www.facebook.com/jfbangkok/
Japan Foundation, Bangkok’s twitter: https://twitter.com/jfbkk

For any request for still photos of each film, please contact benyatip@jfbkk.or.th and suphawat@jfbkk.or.th

Contact information
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
10th Fl. Serm-mit Tower, 159 Sukhumvit 21, Bangkok 10110
TEL:+66-2-260-8560~4 FAX:+66-2-260-8565
Benyatip Tiraviriyapol, Ms.: benyatip@jfbkk.or.th (Thai and English)
Suphawat Laohachaiboon, Mr.: suphawat@jfbkk.or.th (Thai and English)
Chigusa Tomita, Ms.: tomita@jfbkk.or.th (Japanese and English)

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The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
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