Raising curtains for Japanese film festival

THE Japanese Film Festival (JFF) 2019 was launched with the South-East Asian premiere of Little Nights, Little Love by director Rikiya Imaizumi.

The opening ceremony at GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur was attended by some 250 guests with Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry policy division (culture) Undersecretary Dr Tan Awang Besar as guest of honour.

“Watching films is probably one of the best ways to learn about the culture, tradition and people of the country where the film comes from, or even to understand ourselves better,” said Dr Tan.

(From third left) Heng, Dr Tan and Shimada with VIP guests at the launch of Japanese Film Festival 2019 in GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.(From third left) Heng, Dr Tan and Shimada with VIP guests at the launch of Japanese Film Festival 2019 in GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) director Seiya Shimada said, “This year, we are bringing you a line-up of 13 movies from different genres for audience of all ages, and also for those who are new to Japanese films.

“2019 is a very special year for JFKL as we celebrate the anniversary of our establishment in Malaysia in 1989. So the film festival this year plays a major role in our 30th anniversary celebration.”

GSC deputy general manager Heng Beng Fatt said, “While 2018 marked the 15th year milestone for the annual Japanese Film Festival in Malaysia, 2019 too marks a special year for the JFKL team.”

He said the collaboration between GSC and JFKL was not limited to this annual Japanese Film Festival alone.

“In order to keep the interest of Japanese movie fans going throughout the year, we work hand in hand on the bimonthly Japanese Weekend Film Show in Kuala Lumpur, which is currently free for the public,” added Heng.

To commemorate JFKL’s 30th anniversary, a special anniversary poster was presented to Seiya by Heng as a gift from GSC for the 16 years of close collaboration.

The Japanese Film Festival 2019 will be held in Klang Valley until tomorrow at GSC Mid Valley Kuala Lumpur, GSC 1Utama Petaling Jaya, GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and GSC NU Sentral Kuala Lumpur, followed by Penang (GSC Gurney Plaza) from Sept 12 to 15. Johor Baru is next with screening at GSC Paradigm Mall from Sept 19 to 22.

JFF will then be in Kuching (GSC CityONE Megamall) and Kota Kinabalu (GSC Suria Sabah) from Oct 3 to 6.

All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
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