JFF Plus: Online Festival

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The  Japan  Foundation  is  proud  to  present  to  you  “JFF  Plus:  Online  Festival” where we bring you a series of titles from past Festivals together with some new titles you can enjoy FOR FREE from the comfort and safety of your home.

"JFF Plus", previously known as "JFF Magazine" is a platform created by the Japan Foundation to share about the latest news on Japanese films together with articles and interviews from the prominent figures in the Japanese film industry. 

From 20 to 29 November 2020

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Project Dreams - How to Build Mazinger Z's Hangar
(d. HANABUSA Tsutomu / 2020 / 115 min / Drama)


Company employees are depicted earnestly grappling with meaningless things in this drama. Doi of the Maeda Construction Company's Advertising group has little passion for his work. One day the group's leader Asagawa declares, "Let's build the hangar for Mazinger Z!" Having been dragged in by Asagawa, Doi and his co-workers commence putting on appearances of having taken on this request from a fantasy world.
Our 30-Minute Sessions
(d. HAGIWARA Kentaro / 2020 / 114 min / Romance)


Teen music romance featuring singing and instrumental scenes with a fresh cast of young actors. College student Sota picks up a cassette tape left behind by musician Aki when he died a year ago. When the tape is played back, Aki takes over Sota's body for just 30 minutes. They share the same body and rush to reunite a band that split up and bring a smile to Aki's girlfriend Kana's face.
Little Nights, Little Love
(d. IMAIZUMI Rikiya / 2019 / 119 min / Romance, Drama)

CAST: MIURA Haruma, TABE Mikako, HARADA Taizo

Sato is an employee conducting a survey in front of Sendai Station. Saki takes the survey and the two ultimately become a couple. 10 years later, Sato proposes to Saki on the occasion of their 10th anniversary.
Stolen Identity
(d. NAKATA Hideo / 2018 / 116 min / Mystery, Thriller)


Surreal terror of the heroine is depicted throughout the film, after personal information from a smartphone is stolen, which later leads to a murder case.   One day, Asami calls her boyfriend, but a stranger answers the phone. He explains he found her boyfriend's phone, and returns it a few days later. Since then, strange things keep happening to Asami. She is now a target of a serial killer who gradually exposes her secret.  
Tora-san in Goto
(d. OURA Masaru / 2016 / 114 min / Documentary)


A documentary shot from 1993 and over 22 years chronicled a large family who make their living as udon noodle makers on the Goto Archipelago in Nagasaki Prefecture. Inuzuka Torao, known as "Tora of Goto" runs an udon noodle making business on the Goto Archipelago. Everyday, his seven children wake up at 5am, help with the business for an hour, then head for school. Over the 22 years the documentary follows them, the children all grow up.
(d. ANDO Momoko / 2014 / 196 min / Drama)

CAST: ANDO Sakura, EMOTO Akira, TSUGAWA Masahiko

Sawa works as a caretaker. One day she gets involved into unexpected events which have her lose her job and money. Not having a house to live and money to spend, she begins to hunt for her "clients" in the street, suggesting to take care of them as a sleep-in caretaker. She targets old men who seem having problems in their lives. At first they get confused by Sawa's aggressive attitude and lots of energy, but gradually let her into their lives, and their "almost dead" lives start to shine again...
Lady Maiko
(d. SUO Masayuki / 2014 / 135 min / Musical, Comedy)


Haruko aspires to become a maiko, and makes her way to Shimohachiken, a geisha quarter in Kyoto. She is accepted for an apprenticeship through the auspices of Kyono, a linguistic scholar who is intrigued by her thick Kagoshima and Tsugaru dialect, and trains furiously to become a fully-fledged maiko.
Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday
(d. OKITA Shuichi / 2014 / 88 min / Drama)


Comedy about the struggles of seven aging women on a tour to view fall foliage who get lost in the mountains. Seven aging women get together for a tour of fall foliage that includes hot springs and a spectacular waterfall. They enjoy themselves as they head up the mountain, but their tour guide vanishes. Left behind in the mountains, the seven women begin to discover themselves as they deal with survival.
The Great Passage
(d. ISHII Yuya / 2013 / 133 min / Drama, Romance)


Drama about the passion of an editor who struggles to create a dictionary, as depicted over a fifteen-year period. Publishing house salesman Majime has an earnestness about him that sets him apart from his peers. But he has a discerning sensibility when it comes to language, which lands him in the dictionary editorial department. He ends up editing "The Great Passage," a huge dictionary with 240,000 entries.
A Story of Yonosuke
(d. OKITA Shuichi / 2013 / 160 min / Drama)


It nostalgically depicts the interactions between a good-natured young man and his friends, while interweaving the past and present. In 1987, a youth named Yonosuke who is unable to decline the requests of others leaves his hometown of Nagasaki to start university life in Tokyo. One day as he is juggling classes and extracurricular activities, he goes to a driving school and meets Shoko, the daughter of a company president, who takes a liking to him.
Key Of Life
(d. UCHIDA Kenji / 2012 / 128 min / Comedy)

CAST: SAKAI Masato, KAGAWA Teruyuki, HIROSUE Ryoko

Sakurai is a struggling actor, and Kondo is a hit-man with amnesia. Sakurai, who became a hit-man on a whim, finds himself taking on dangerous jobs. Kondo, caught up in pretending to be Sakurai for a play, is being wooed by Kanae.
RAILWAYS 49歳で電車の運転士になった男の物語  
(d. NISHIKORI Yoshinari / 2010 / 130 min / Drama)


Hajime is in line to be the next head of a prominent electronics company. He toils day and night over his work and has no time for his family. But one day, his mother in Shimane falls ill, and his best friend dies in an accident. Grief-stricken, Hajime returns home, where memories of his childhood dream come back to him. He had always wanted to be a train conductor and drive the local "bataden" Ichibata Electric Railway.
(d. SODA Kazuhiro / 2010 / 75 min / Documentary)

In Okayama City in Okayama Prefecture, Soda's father-in-law Kashiwagi Toshio is a driver for the elderly and disabled, and his mother-in-law Hiroko runs an non-profit organization. The yard in front of their home has become a haven for stray cats. Their simple everyday life offers glimpses of the meaning of peace.
The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice
(d. OZU Yasujiro / 1952 / 115 min / Classic)


The story is about a middle aged couple who are different in every way, from each other. However in a critical situation, they find a hope for a renewal of their marriage when they share a simple meal together. As with all of OZU’s films, the family unit, in crisis, is portrayed, with warmth, humor, and resignation to the limit of life.
Production I.G Animation: Tokyo Marble Chocolate
(d. SHIOTANI Naoyoshi / 2007 / 60 min / Animation)

Serious and generous, but a bit shy, Yudai has been unsuccessful with the opposite sex. Chizuru is an energetic and cheerful girl, but when it comes to boyfriends, she’s been unlucky and clumsy, and never had a steady relationship. This is the first Christmas the couple spends together. Chizuru loves animals and Yudai plans to give her a rabbit in a box, but it turns out to be... a mini donkey?! As the funny creature escapes, Chizuru goes after it, and Yudai loses sight of them both…
Production I.G Short Animation: PIGTAILS
Production I.G 短編集:みつあみの神様
(d. ITAZU Yoshimi / 2015 / 29 min / Animation)

The earth shook. The sea roared. And then...  There is a small house solitary standing by the seaside. A pigtail-braided girl has been living there alone since that fateful day. Mail is no longer delivered, but even this morning, she’s hanging out the laundry as usual.  A thought-provoking fable of hope and rebirth in a cruel and gentle world after an unnamed disaster.
Production I.G Short Animation: KICK-HEART
Production I.G 短編集:KICK-HEART
(d. YUASA Masaaki / 2013 / 13 min / Animation)

Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo's secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?
Production I.G Short Animation: Li'l Spider Girl
Production I.G 短編集:わすれなぐも
(d. KAIYA Toshihisa / 2012 / 24 min / Animation)

Everything started from an old book telling the story of an expert magician who defeated a giant spider monster in ancient times. Antique book dealer Amane Suzuri, who is trying to sell the book in order to pay the rent, would have never imagined that after reading this story to Mizuki, the building owner's young nephew, he could find himself face-to-face with a scared, twenty-centimeter-tall, eight-legged baby arachnid girl. And she's the sweetest thing in the world... or not?
Production I.G Short Animation: Drawer Hobs
Production I.G 短編集:たんすわらし。
(d. KISE Kazuchika / 2011 / 24 min / Animation)

Unfulfilled call-center employee Noeru lives alone in a cheap apartment in a big city. One day, without notice, her mother sends her an old and bulky chest of drawers. Not exactly the most welcome piece of furniture for Noeru’s tiny place! But from that day, breakfast is ready in the morning although she doesn’t recall of having cooked any. And the kitchen is clean and tidy instead of the usual mess. And... wait, what are those weird kids doing in her room?
Production I.G Short Animation: The Girl from the Other Side
Production I.G 短編集:とつくにの少女
(d. KUBO Yutaro & MAIYA Satomi / 2019 / 10 min / Animation)

Touch not the Outsiders, lest ye become an Outsider. But when two creatures belonging to opposite kinds -a lost little girl from the Inside and a demonic beast-looking Outsider- initiate an impossible coexistence on the same side of the forest, their bond seems to transcend their incompatible natures and the unnamed curse that has divided the world.  Based on Angouleme-nominated, eponymous best-selling graphic novel by manga artist Nagabe.

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  1. Titles above are available to stream FOR FREE from 20 to 29 November 2020.
  2. Each title in each slot will be available to stream for 24 hours e.g. “Lady Maiko” will be available from 1:00 PM, 21 November to 12:59 PM, 22 November. 
  3. Some of the titles available on the JFF Plus: Online Festival website may not be viewed from Malaysia. Only the titles in the list above are available to be viewed from Malaysia during the Online Festival period.
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