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
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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
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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.