Japanese Film Festival 2013 in Bintulu

Japanese Film Festival 2013 in Bintulu!

Date: 7th and 8th December 2013
Venue: University Putra Malaysia, Kampus Bintulu
Admission: Free (Open to Public)

The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur together with University Putra   Malaysia, Kampus Bintulu present the Japanese Film Festival in Bintulu 2013, sponsored by Mitsubishi Cooperation.

This film festival will not only feature 7 Japanese films but will also include various activities such as  mini Japanese language lessons, a Yukata (Summer Kimono) Demonstration and even an Onigiri (Rice ball making) workshop**.

 Admission is free for the entire festival so bring your family and enjoy a weekend of cultural sharing!


Organized by:

  • The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur

Co-organized by:

  • University Putra Malaysia, Bintulu Campus

Sponsored by:

  • Mitsubishi Corperation




Date Time Activities
7 Dec 2013 (SAT) 10:00 Opening Ceremony
10:30 Japanese Film Screening
“The Chef of South Polar” (125 min)
13:30 Mini Japanese Language Lesson
14:30 Japanese Film Screening
“Can you See Our Lights?” & ” Setting Sail from the Ruins” ( 78 min)
17:00 Yukata Demonstration
19:00 Japanese Film Screening
“5 Centimeters per Second” ( 60 min)
8 Dec 2013 (SUN) 10:00 Yukata Demonstration
11:00 Japanese Film Screening
“Bushido Sixteen” (109 min)
13:00 Mini Japanese Language Lesson
14:00 Japanese Film Screening
“ROBO-G” (111 min)
16:00 Onigiri Workshop **
17:00 Japanese Film Screening
“LIGHT UP NIPPON” (90 min)

*Film titles are subject to change.
**To be confirmed. Depending on the availability of rice cookers.
*** Registration for Onigiri Workshop starts at 01:00 p.m on the 8th of Dec 2013.
Seats Are limited and on first-come-first-serve basis.




The Chef of South Polar



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?



Can You See Our Lights? ~ First Festival after the Tsunami

(NHK / 2011 / 48min)

Rikuzan Takada –city in Iwate prefecture has suffered heavily by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2010. While many events were canceled because of the disaster, the residents try to fix the equipment’s for their annual summer festival.



Setting Sail from the Ruins

(NHK/ 2011 / 30min)

In Oofunato –city, Iwate prefecture, where the whole city suffered a lot by the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami and March 2010; the fishermen and community stand up and start their fishery business once again through internet.




5 Centimeters per Second


Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari had been apart since they left elementary school, however, they kept in touch by exchanging letters as they had feelings for each other. One day in winter, Takaki left Tokyo and set off for Tochigi where Akari lives. The train is delayed by heavy snow and he is alone in his carriage, as the time ticks away.



Bushido Sixteen


Kaori Isoyama is a junior high kendo champion raised by her strict and stern father. She was undefeated until one day she loses unexpectedly to the opponent in the same class with a saddlecloth saying ‘Tosho Academy Komoto.’

Six months later, Kaori enters the prestigious Tosho Academy Girls High School. On the first day of practice, she is reunited with her nemesis only her name is now Nishiogi due to her parents’ divorce. Her nemesis has changed and doesn’t even take the match seriously. Irritated and bridled, Kaori takes her nemesis to her father’s training hall and forces her to go through private lessons.

Sanae Nishiogi simply likes kendo and she does it for fun. Her scientist father had once lost a trial consequently damaging the family life, so she learned not to be so concerned with winning or losing. She finds Kaori’s obsession with winning hard to comprehend. Kaori doesn’t compromise with seniors in the match and practices constantly even during the lunch hour, reading Musashi Miyamoto’s The Book of Five Rings with a dumbbell in one hand, completely isolating herself from the others. Sanae becomes interested in Kaori who is completely opposite from her and takes her out to a cake buffet and game arcade. Kaori, having never been to such places, reluctantly goes along.

Kaori becomes selected as the first fencer (in a team of five) for a preliminary district match for the interscholastic meet. Sanae is a reserve. On the day of the meet, Tosho Academy keeps winning, but in between the matches, Kaori and Sanae have a fight and Kaori sprains her wrist. Sanae replaces her and she makes an incredible strike to the head leading the team to victory. Kaori praises Sanae for the strike, but something begins to change inside her.

It’s only a month away until the interscholastic meet. Kaori has lost her reasons to fight and neglects the practice even after her wrist heals. She is ordered off the team. Sanae, having built up fear to lose, now can’t strike like she used to. Why do they continue kendo? What do winning and losing matter? Two girls struggle to find answers. To settle everything, Sanae delivers a letter of challenge to Kaori.

On the day of duel, Sanae waits on a hill reminiscence of Ganryu Island. Will Kaori show up?





(Fuji Television Network/Color/111 min)

The latest from writer-director Yaguchi Shinobu, who has produced a string of hits including Happy Flight with his unique viewpoint and outstanding comedic sensibility. Mickey Curtis (KAMIKAZE TAXI}), credited as Igarashi Shinjiro, gives a wonderful performance as a stubborn old man in his first starring role.

Consumer electronics company employee Kobayashi (Hamada Gaku) is ordered to develop a bipedal robot, but fails miserably. He comes up with a plan to pass off a human in a suit as a robot, and finds an elderly man named Suzuki (Igarashi) who fits inside the suit perfectly, but…




(2009/Color/90 min/ Documentary)

On 11th August 2011, 5 months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, a project called “LIGHT UP NIPPON” was carried out. Young businessmen in Tokyo asked for donation, repeated discussion with the locals over and over, finally set off big fireworks at 10 severely damaged areas to cheer up the communities and people there.

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