UPDATE [6 January 2021]

Following the rise in the daily COVID-19 cases and the extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in several states, the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) has come to the decision to cancel the annual festival after much consideration and stands firm on the belief that it is best to safeguard the safety and health of our loyal fans and movie-goers. We have put in our best effort to run the annual festival at GSC, including postponing it three times since October 2020. We would like to thank you for your support and we will be keeping you posted on any updates on our future events. Till then, take care and stay safe! 

The annual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is returning in January 2021 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.

28 January - 3 February 2021*

GSC Mid Valley
GSC 1 Utama
GSC NU Sentral

4 - 7 February 2021*

GSC Gurney Plaza


4 - 7 February 2021*

GSC Paradigm Mall JB


25 - 28 February 2021*

GSC CityONE Megamall
GSC Suria Sabah


*Due to the postponement to January 2021, JFF 2020 will now be called "JFF 2020 PLUS ONE."

Visit our official festival website for general information on JFF!


 >> JFF 2020 PLUS ONE Official Website<< 


Following the successful Pre-Festival Event held in September at GSC NU Sentral, a dedicated page on the official JFF 2020 website titled "Remote Films" will be introducing two remote films by 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". ​​​​​​

 "Remote Films" list 
1. Perhaps I Could Say It Now (d. YUKISADA Isao)
One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote (d. UEDA Shinichiro) 
3. Interview with director YUKISADA Isao

 >> Remote Films << 

Duration: during JFF 2020 PLUS ONE

The Japan Foundation is also proud to present you "JFF Plus: Online Festival" where we bring you a series of titles from the past Festivals together with some new titles you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home. Further details on the online festival will be announced in early November.

 >> JFF Plus: Online Festival << 

Duration: 20 - 29 November 2020

For further inquiries, please contact us at info[at] with the title "Japanese Film Festival".


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.

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  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.
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