[POSTPONED] Japanese Film Festival 2020

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The annual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is returning in November and is set to light up selected Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) nationwide, showcasing 10 titles ranging from a variety of genres – drama, comedy, action and animation, highlighting the colours of Japan through cinema. One of the titles, “One Summer Story” will be premiering in Malaysia prior to the release in Japan (expected release in 2021).

JFF 2020 PLUS ONE** will be the first Film Festival to be launched at GSC since the commencement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) back in March 2020.

Audience will also get special gifts by collecting stamps every time they watch a film at JFF.

All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

NOTE: Due to the sudden rise in the Covid-19 cases, we have decided to postpone JFF 2020** to a later date in January 2021. The new dates* are as below:

7 - 13 January 2021*

GSC Mid Valley
GSC 1 Utama
GSC NU Sentral

14 - 17 January 2021*

GSC Gurney Plaza


21 - 24 January 2021*

GSC Paradigm Mall JB


28 - 31 January 2021*

GSC CityONE Megamall
GSC Suria Sabah


Tickets for JFF 2020 will be sold at RM 9.50 for all screenings and can be purchased two days before the first day of screening at each region via GSC Box Office, GSC Ticketing Kiosk, GSC e-payment at or GSC Mobile Apps.
**Due to the postponement to January 2021, JFF 2020 will now be called "JFF 2020 PLUS ONE."

3. Hotel Masquerade
4. Not Quite Dead Yet
5. One Summer Story
7. Talking the Pictures
8. The Fable
9. We Make Antiques! Kyoto Rendezvous
10. YASHIRO Takeshi Stop Motion Animation

Following the successful Pre-Festival Event held in September at GSC NU Sentral, a dedicated page on the official JFF 2020 website will be launched in October to introduce the works of Japanese filmmakers who remotely produced short films during the lockdown, and also a video interview with director YUKISADA Isao, director of “Pigeon” (2016) that was shot in Penang as part of the omnibus film "Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections". ​​​​​​



(Will be made available via the official JFF website)

Duration: from October (Details will be announced soon)

For further inquiries, please contact us at info[at]

Leading up to the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) 2020, the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) will be starting off the season with a pre-festival event before the actual festival happens in October. Our annual JFF is returning even stronger with 4 segments happening throughout a 3-month period from September to November.

Kick-starting this special season will be free screenings at GSC NU Sentral on three Saturdays (5, 12 and 19 September) with titles that will definitely touch and tickle your heart.

Movie line-up:
5 September 2020
Little Love Song
(小さな恋のうた / Chiisana Koi no Uta)
d. HASHIMOTO Kojiro  橋本光二郎  /  2019  /  124 min  /  P13
Drama, Music, Youth

A high school band is popular in their small hometown in Okinawa where the U.S. army base is located. The band belts out original pop songs with such energy and precision that they have fired up the passions of all who see them and amassed an ardent following, including the attention of a Tokyo record label scout bent on producing them. As the band members enjoy the happiest days in their young lives and prepares to set out on a path of fame and glory, a tragedy takes place, destroying their hopes and spirit. A girl who lives on the U.S. army base suddenly appears with a demo tape of a song.
12 September 2020
A Banana? At This Time of Night?
(こんな夜更けにバナナかよ / Konna Yofuke ni Banana kayo)
d. MAEDA Tetsu  前田哲  /  2018  /  121 min  /  P13
Drama, Comedy

Yasuaki Shikano is a 34 year old man who suffers from muscular dystrophy since he was 12 years old. He decided to leave the  hospital and live an offbeat life of independence. He hires volunteers to help him but they have to cater to his every whim, especially Hisashi Tanaka, a med school student who he constantly rags on him and even demands a banana in the middle of the night. He then meets Misaki Ando and falls in love at first sight but he doesn’t know that Tanaka and Misaki are a couple. Their lives begin to change soon after.
19 September 2020
Samurai Shifters
(引っ越し大名! / Hikkoshi Daimyo!)
d. INUDO Isshin  犬童一心  /  2019  /  121 min  /  P13
Drama, Comedy

In the Edo period, Shunnosuke Katagiri is a samurai and a bookworm. He is also shy, naive and inexperienced. One day, he receives a mission to help a daimyo move. He seeks the aid of his childhood friend Genemon Takamura, as well as the advice of Oran, the beautiful but headstrong daughter of a former magistrate in charge of relocation; he begins to carry out his mission.

Screening Information
Dates: 5, 12 and 19 September 2020 (Saturday)
Venue: GSC NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur (Level 5, NU Sentral)
Admission/Bookings: Admission is FREE. Prior booking is REQUIRED via Eventbrite.
LIMITED TO 1 BOOKING PER PERSON ONLY. (Please see details below)

*Screening in Japanese with English subtitles.
**Please take note of the ticket booking dates for each of the films above.
***Subject to SOP at the time of screening.

(Please proceed to the end of the page)

  1. Visit
  2. Search “JFF 2020 Pre-Festival Event"
  3. Choose the film you would like to watch and Click “REGISTER
  4. Insert no. of pax (max 2 pax per booking, LIMITED TO 1 BOOKING PER PERSON)
  5. Click “CHECKOUT” and fill up your information
  6. Click “COMPLETE REGISTRATION” and e-tickets will be sent to your email.
  • Please print your tickets or save it in your mobile and bring it to the registration counter during the screening day as proof of booking.
For more information, our Facebook event page here.

For further inquiries, please write to info[at] with the email title “JFF 2020 Pre-Festival Event”.


Step 1: Visit and search for JFF 2020 Pre-Festival Event.
ステップ 1: のサイトで JFF 2020 Pre-Festival Eventを検索してください。

Step 2: Select the film you would like to book your tickets.
ステップ 2: ご予約されたい作品を選んでください。

Step 3: You will be redirected to the official event page on Eventbrite. Click on ‘REGISTER’.
ステップ 3: Eventbriteのイベントページにジャンプします。「REGISTER」をクリックしてください。

Step 4: Fill up the form and click on ‘COMPLETE REGISTRATION’.
ステップ4: フォームに必要事項を記入し、「COMPLETE REGISTRATION」をクリックしてください。

Step 5: An e-ticket with QR Code will be sent to you via email. Please bring this QR Code with you on the day of the screening. You can print out the QR Code or show the JFKL staff-on-duty the QR Code on your phone.
ステップ5: QRコードがついたE-チケットがEメールにて送付されます。上映会当日はこちらのチケットを印刷してお持ちになるか、携帯電話等の画面でチケット上のQRコードをご提示ください。


  1. Each person is allowed to register up to TWO pax only (including yourself).
  2. Each show is limited to the first 140 people who registered and have an e-ticket.
  3. Those without an e-ticket will not be permitted entry.


Please send a message to info[at] or call us at 03 2284 6228.
ご不明な点がおありの場合、また、ご自身でのご予約が困難な場合は、当センターまでE-メール info[@] あるいは03-2284 6228(日本語可)までお電話にてお気軽にお問い合わせください。

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. I have a friend/relative who would like to come along. Should we register separately or can I register for him/her as well?
    You are allowed to book a ticket for a maximum of two people under your name. Both of you must be present with an e-ticket on the day of the screening in order to enter the auditorium.
  2. How about if two or more people wanted to join me?
    They would have to register separately.
  3. Do I need to have an Eventbrite account to register?
    No, you don’t have to. Just choose your desired session and fill up the registration form to obtain your e-ticket.
  4. When is the last day to register?
    There is no deadline for registration. Registration will be open till the day of the screening or when all available e-tickets have been redeemed, whichever comes first.
  5. I have registered and attended the previous screening. Do I still need to register for the next one?
    Yes, you must register for each new screening and bring along the relevant e-ticket.
  6. I registered but just found out that I cannot make it anymore. Can I transfer my ticket to a friend/relative?
    Yes, you may but you would need to first inform us via email or phone so that we can change the details in our system.
  7. How about if I would like to cancel my registration?
    Please inform us via email or phone as well. Your e-ticket could go to someone else who may have missed out on a seat!
  8. I’d like to attend the screening but the e-tickets have all ran out. What should I do?
    Please send us an email or give us a call. We will inform you if there are any cancellations one day before the screening.


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