An exciting festival of Japanese films will be unveiled across seven cities

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The first anime film I watched was Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies (1988). The film is about a teenage boy who takes charge of his younger sister in the aftermath of an American firebombing during World War II. The war-drama involving young siblings sent me fleeing in search of tissues, but, more crucially, engendered in me an abiding love of anime, in particular, and Japanese cinema in general.

Those similarly addicted will be interested to know that the Japan Foundation along with PVR Cinemas will launch a six-month long Japanese Film Festival (JFF) at Delhi’s PVR Select Citywalk, on September 27. This will be the third edition of the festival, and will showcase 25 films, ranging across genres, from romance and thrillers to horror and comedy, and includes the popular as well as the critically acclaimed. All films will have English subtitles, of course. The success of the previous editions of the film festival prompted the expansion of the screenings to seven Indian cities (those not in Delhi will have to wait for the grand revelation of the lucky cities’ names at the launch event).

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Speaking of the launch event, those who prefer their celebrities nerdy and smart should note that Makoto Shinkai will be present on the first day of the festival. The acclaimed animator and filmmaker’s anime filmShoplifters, an Academy Award winner by Hirokazu Kore-eda, that hit the screens last year, will be screened as well. The films will be screened at select PVR Cinemas in NCR.

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While many Japanese films are notorious for their A-rated content, the mix of films at the festival guarantees entertainment and infotainment for all ages. At This Time of Night?, a comic drama about a wheelchair-bound, self-centered man with muscular dystrophy, might be a dubious pick if you’re looking for a film to take the kids to. But there are plenty of musicals, comedies, thrillers and anime films that can be enjoyed across age groups. “From the films which the Japan Foundation has brought to you this year, you will discover what Japanese people laugh at, what they are moved by, and what they like,“ says Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India. 

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A final happy surprise: the films will be screened free of charge, on a first come, first served basis. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements regarding the schedule and locations. 

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