Japanese Canadian Cultural Centreâ€™s 8th annualÂ Toronto Japanese Film FestivalÂ features 28 films, visiting stars and directors, taiko drumming performances, a sake tasting, art exhibitions and, of course, lots of sushi. The festival has now grown into the largest film event of its kind in North America and is recognized by the Japanese film industry as a vital conduit for bringing Japanese film to the world. Many films come to the festival prior to their Japanese release.
The Opening Night film is the North American Premiere of Masayuki Suzukiâ€™s mystery thriller,Â MASQUERADE HOTELÂ starring Takuya Kimura and Masami Nagasawa. Highlights for samurai fans include Katsuhide Motokiâ€™sÂ IWANE: SWORD OF SERENITYÂ starring Tori Matsuzaka, Daisuke Kimuraâ€™sÂ A SAMURAIâ€™S PROMISEÂ with Junichi Okada and Shinya Tsukamotoâ€™sÂ KILLING.
TJFF is programmed reflect the rich diversity of the world 4thÂ largest film industry: premieres include Kan Eguchiâ€™s yakuza hitman action-comedy,Â THE FABLE, Kazuya Shiraishiâ€™s controversialÂ A GAMBLERâ€™S ODYSSEY 2020Â and Hideyuki Takeuchiâ€™s hit comedyÂ FLY ME TO SAITAMA. Daisuke Miuraâ€™sÂ CALL BOYÂ is a shockingly frank and erotic look into the life of male escort and Hikaru Todaâ€™s documentaryÂ OF LOVE AND LAW,Â follows Fumi and Kazu, partners in love and law, who run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. The Canadian premiere of Naoki Segiâ€™sÂ sakeÂ brewery-based romanceÂ FOR LOVEâ€™S SAKEÂ will be followed by a sake tasting for audience members.
Other screenings include premieres of Yukihiko Tsutsumiâ€™sÂ THE HOUSE WHERE THE MERMAID SLEEPS, Yasuhide Yoshidaâ€™sÂ OUR DEPARTURES, Mitsuaki Iwagoâ€™sÂ THE ISLAND OF CATS,Â Emiko Hiramastuâ€™sÂ ORGAN, Tetsu Maedaâ€™sÂ A BANANA, AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT?, Jiro Shonoâ€™sÂ EATING WOMEN, Katsuo Fukuzawaâ€™sÂ WHISTLEBLOWER, Yukiko Mishimaâ€™sÂ THE ANTIQUE, Kazuya Shiraishiâ€™sÂ THE BLOOD OF WOLVES, Toshio Leeâ€™sÂ WHEN I GET HOME MY WIFE ALWAYS PRETENDS TO BE DEAD, Junji Sakamotoâ€™sÂ ANOTHER WORLD, Studio Ponocâ€™s new anime collectionÂ MODEST HEROES, Yoji Yamadaâ€™sÂ WHAT A WONDEFUL FAMILY III â€“ MY WIFE, MY LIFE, Yuki Kakizakiâ€™sÂ USUKE BOYS, Shuichi Okitaâ€™sÂ MORI, THE ARTISTâ€™S HABITAT.Â The festivalâ€™s August Anime Showcase screens Kitaro Kosakaâ€™sÂ OKKOâ€™S INNÂ and Hiroyasu Ishidaâ€™sÂ PENGUIN HIGHWAY.
All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
$6.50Â to $14.75
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
June 6 to 27 – Schedule
Venue & Address:
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court,Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5