Japanese Film Festival 2013

The annual Japanese Film Festival is coming back again this September, and this year marks its 10th Anniversary. The Festival this year will not only be screening the latest and hottest Japanese Films at our familiar venues in Klang Valley and Penang, but will also tour to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu!

Peninsular Malaysia

East Malaysia

Klang Valley

Dates: 12th – 17th September 2013
Venue: GSC Pavilion KL,
GSC Mid Valley, GSC 1 Utama
Admission: RM 6 per screening*

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Dates: 26th – 29th September 2013
Venue: GSC CityOne Mall
Admission: RM 6 per screening*

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Dates: 19th – 22nd September 2013
Venue: GSC Gurney Plaza
Admission: RM 6 per screening*
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Kota Kinabalu
Dates: 3rd – 6th October 2013
Venue: GSC Suria Sabah Mal
Admission: RM 6 per screening*
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*Tickets for JFF’13 will be sold at RM 6 per ticket except for “DETECTIVE CONAN: Private Eye in the Distant Sea” which will be priced at prevailing ticket pricing.

**Tickets can be purchased two (2) days prior to screening date via GSC box office and GSC e-Payment @ or GSC Mobile App (iPhone and Android).

*日本映画祭2013の映画鑑賞料は、『名探偵コナン 絶海の探偵』を除き、すべてRM6となります。
『名探偵コナン 絶海の探偵』のチケットは、各会場が設定する通常料金での販売となります。ご了承ください。

**チケットは、各上映日の2日前から会場のチケット売り場およびGSC e-Payment、GSC モバイルアプリ(iPhoneとアンドロイド)にてお求めいただけます。


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Film Details

Ken & Mary ケンとメリー 雨上がりの夜空に 
Dearest あなたへ 
DETECTIVE CONAN: Private Eye in the Distant Sea 名探偵コナン 絶海の探偵
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror  ホッタラケの島~遥と魔法の鏡
Ogawa no Hotori – At River’s Edge  小川の辺
The Chef of South Polar 南極料理人
The Great Passage 舟を編む
The Kirishima Thing  桐島、部活やめるってよ
Until the Break of Dawn ツナグ


World Premier /  Opening Work of JFF’13

Ken & Mary

ケンとメリー 雨上がりの夜空に

[Dir] FUKASAKU Kenta     [Year] 2011     [Cast] TAKENAKA Naoto, Hu Bing, KITANO Kii, Zizan Raja Lawak
【監督】深作健太 【脚本】楠野一郎 【出演】竹中直人/フービン/北乃きい/Zizan Raja Lawak 他


“Where is this place?” Kent Katakura has been in charge of pantyhose for 25 year as a trading company employee. He has landed at a tiny airport in a remote part of Malaysia, where no other airplanes make a stop. His airplane to Kuala Lumpur had to make an emergency landing here because of a storm. However, there is something that he must accomplish no matter what.He must break off the engagement of his daughter, whose wedding is scheduled to take place in just two days.

Then, by some freak coincidence, he becomes acquainted with a Chinese truck driver who is strangely partial to Japan and speaks nonsensical Japanese. They set out together towards Kuala Lumpur, where his daughter is.


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(Peninsular Malaysia Only)

[Dir] FURUHATA Yasuo     [Year] 2012     [Cast] TAKAKURA ken, TANAKA Yuko, SATO Koichi, YO Kimiko
【監督】降旗康男 【脚本】青島武 【出演】高倉健/田中裕子/余貴美子/綾瀬はるか/三浦貴大/大滝秀治 他


Eiji works as a prison officer in Hokuriku. At the age of 53 Eiji loses his wife who he loved the most. Eiji then receives a letter from his dead wife which requests that her ashes be strewn out at sea next to her hometown. Her wife never mentioned such a thing while she was alive. In order to find out her real intentions, Eiji heads to his wife’s hometown of Nagasaki with his homemade camper van.


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DETECTIVE CONAN: Private Eye in the Distant Sea 

名探偵コナン   絶海の探偵

[Dir] SHIZUNO Kobun     [Year] 2013     [Voice Cast] TAKAYAMA Minami, YAMAGUCHI Kappei, KOYAMA Rikiya
【監督】静野孔文 【脚本】櫻井武晴  【原作】青山剛昌 【声の出演】高山みなみ/小山力也/山崎和佳奈 他


The movie is set on a state-of-the art Aegis vessel with the full cooperation of Japan’s real-life Ministry of Defense and Maritime Self-Defense Force. The corpse of a Self-Defense Force member has been found — minus the left arm — and a spy has infiltrated the Aegis vessel. The heroine Ran is put in jeopardy, and Conan is forced to stand up against the dangerous Spy “X.


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Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror  


[Dir] SATO Shinsuke     [Year] 2009     [Voice Cast] AYASE Haruka, SAWASHIRO Miyuki, TANIMURA Mitsuki
【監督】佐藤信介 【脚本】安達寛高/佐藤信介 【声の出演】綾瀬はるか/沢城みゆき/戸田菜穂/大森南朋 他


After losing her mother at a young age, Haruka treasured the hand mirror she had received from her. As she grew older, she forgot about the mirror and eventually loses it. One day, she decides to go to a local shrine and prays to Inari for the hand mirror to be returned to her. As Haruka sits by the shrine, she drops her house key under the steps. After going to retrieve it, a small fox-like creature runs by, and takes her key together with a toy airplane that had been abandoned earlier. Haruka follows the creature into the woods, but loses it at a large fractured stone. Haruka dips her hand in the small pool of strangely warm water, and is suddenly sucked into the pool, flies out of a river, and lands in a cart with the creature.

The fox creature, named Teo, explains to Haruka that she is in the world of the neglected, a world made of forgotten things because his race cannot make things themselves. Hoping to find her lost mirror, Haruka goes with Teo to Oblivion Island.

【物語】 16歳の遥は幼くして母親を亡くし、父親と二人で暮らしだが、最近は父とも口げんかばかり。ある日、母親の形見の大事な手鏡をなくしてしまい、願掛けにいった神社で、キツネのお面をかぶったテオが、人がほったらかしにしたものをこっそり運び出すのを発見。その後を追いかけるが・・・。

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Ogawa no Hotori – At River’s Edge 


[Dir] SHINOHARA Tetsuo     [YEAR] 2011     [Cast] HIGASHIYAMA Noriyuki, KIKUCHI Rinko, KATSUJI Ryo
【監督】篠原哲雄 【脚本】長谷川康夫/飯田健三郎 【原作】藤沢周平 【出演】東山紀之/菊地凜子/勝地涼/片岡愛之助 他


Sakunosuke, a skilled swordsman from the Unasaka domain, is ordered by the chief retainer to kill Sakuma, who is critical of the domain’s agricultural policy. However, Sakuma is Sakunosuke’s childhood friend, and husband of his sister Tazu.


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The Chef of South Polar


[Dir] OKITA Shuichi     [Year] 2009     [Cast] SAKAI Masato, NAMASE Katsuhisa, Kitaro, KORA Kengo
【監督】沖田修一 【脚本】沖田修一 【原作】西村淳 【出演】堺雅人/生瀬勝久/きたろう/高良健吾 他


In 1997, an 8-man research team arrived at Dome Fuji Station in Antarctica. The station is 1,000km away from the Antarctic coast. No animals and no virus can live there… Mr. Nishimura is the chef for the team. He misses his family in Japan, but he tries to make a delicious meal to make the members happy every day. The Captain of the team is addicted to ramen, the doctor tries to train to participate in a triathlon when he returns to Japan, and the young support member likes a telephone operator whom he has never met before… Various unique people have to live together for one and a half years. What will their curious lives be in the South Pole?


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The Great Passage


[Dir] ISHII Yuya     [Year] 2013     [Cast] MATSUDA Ryuhei, MIYAZAKI Aoi, ODAGIRI Joe, KATO Go
【監督】石井裕也 【脚本】渡辺謙作  【原作】三浦しをん【出演】松田龍平/宮_あおい/加藤剛/オダギリジョー/小林薫 他


Mitsuya Majime is an eccentric young man who somehow gets by in the Sales Division of Genbu Books publishing company, until he is transferred to the Dictionary Editorial Department to take advantage of his unique perception of the meaning of words. He joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, ‘The Great Passage.’ He’ll work with a veteran editor who is nearing retirement, an elderly professor who has devoted his life to the study of Japanese language, and a brash young man who gradually develops an appreciation for the charms of dictionary compilation. In the midst of this eclectic team, Mitsuya becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries. Then Mitsuya has a fateful encounter with a woman. But, although he is an expert with words, he is unable to find the appropriate words to express his feelings to her.

“辞書は、言葉の海を渡る舟” 人と人との思いをつなぐ“言葉”というものを整理し、意味を示し、最もふさわしい形で使えるようにするもの-辞書-を編集する人々の物語。

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The Kirishima Thing


[Dir] YOSHIDA Daihachi     [Year] 2012     [Cast] KAMIKI Ryunosuke, HASHIMOTO Ai, HIGASHIDE Masahiro
【監督】吉田大八 【脚本】喜安浩平/吉田大八  【原作】朝井リョウ  【出演】神木隆之介/橋本愛/東出昌大 他


A rumor that Kirishima, the most popular student in school, is going to withdraw from after-school activities sends the other cool kids into an uproar. This has little effect on uncool film club member Maeda, who begins to shoot a zombie movie. The emotion of the school’s various student factions gradually intersect, and during the shooting of Maeda’s movie, a little incident occurs that sway their hearts.


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Until the Break of Dawn


[Dir] HIRAKAWA Yuichiro     [Year] 2012     [Cast] MATSUZAKA Tori, KIKI Kilin, SATO Ryuta, HASHIMOTO Ai
【監督】平川雄一朗 【脚本】平川雄一朗  【原作】辻村深月  【出演】松坂桃李/樹木希林/佐藤隆太/橋本愛 他


The Connector that appears before skeptical requestors is an ordinary high school student, Ayumi. Harada, a scornful middle-aged man, wishes to see his mother who died of cancer. Schoolgirl Arashi has a question she wants to ask her best friend, who she had a falling out with and died in a bicycle accident before they could make up. Businessman Tsuchiya continues to believe in and wait for his girlfriend, who disappeared right after he proposed to her. Ayumi, who is actually an apprentice Connector being trained by his grandmother, starts questioning himself as he meets these people and arranges their meetings. Is it self-serving of the living person to want to meet with the deceased? Perhaps they’re better off not seeing them. Will the living person really be saved by the meeting? Will it change their lives? And as for the deceased… The doubts are soon directed towards the mysterious death of his own parents.


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