The Festival celebrates Japanese cinema with the theme ‘The Closest You Can Get to Japan in 2020’. The festival hopes to bring Japanese culture, food and stories closer to Singapore audiences, many of whom tend to travel to Japan during this holiday period.
JFF 2020 consists of 28 titles curated in 4 sections, some of which will also be available for viewing online:
1. Panorama – 8 latest Japanese titles showing at Shaw Theatres Lido
2. Indie – 11 titles from the Japanese indie film scene, with selected titles screened both physically and virtually
3. Shorts – Selection of 7 shorts from the Tokyo Short Shorts Festival curated in 2 Short Film Programs
4. The Projector Showcase – 2 Kurosawa Noir titles at The Projector
JFF will open with a quirky family drama, BENTO HARASSMENT (今日も嫌がらせ弁当) on 10
December 2020. It tells the tale of Kaori, a single mother, who’s raising a daughter in her rebellious teenage phase. A frustrated Kaori then communicates with Futaba by creating messages in her daughter’s bento meals, with a side of revenge.
For more titles, and information about JFF, visit their website. Tickets at $9.99 (online), $13 (Shaw Theatres Lido), and $15 (The Projector). Discounted rates apply for JCCF and SFS members.
Along with the screenings, there’ll be a line-up of directors who will be joining JFF for Zoom Q&As, and a Sound Design Masterclass by Singapore-based sound design veteran Kazz Sato. The online Q&A and Masterclass sessions will kick off with our Programmers’ Talk this Saturday, 28 Nov at 8pm.