In order to prevent the increase in epidemic cases, the Kuala Lumpur Japan Foundation and GSC International Cinemas decided to postpone the annual “Japan Film Festival 2020” until January 2021. Besides that, named it “Japan Film Festival 2020+1” (JFF 2020) PLUS ONE).
The authorities issued a statement saying that movie fans and viewers can still use JFF 2020 PLUS ONE official website “JFF Remote Films” to watch the production process of Japanese film companies during the epidemic. This was including interview videos by director Yukisada Isao, and previous films Festival film series.
Online movie screening time
The statement mentioned that the online movie screening time will be announced in early November. Moreover, the details of the movie screenings in GSC major theatres will be announced in December. All movies have English subtitles.
The full movie introduction and announcement can be found here.
The film release schedule of GSC theatres is as follows. At that time, the public can buy tickets at the theatre counter or online. The ticket price is 9 Ringgit and 50 sen.
◆January 7th-13th: Mid Valley, 1 Utama, NU Sentral
◆January 14th-17th: Gurney Plaza, Penang
◆January 21st-24th: Paradigm Mall JB
◆ January 28th-31st: CityONE Megamall, Kuching; Suria Sabah, Kota Kinabalu
Since the Movement Restriction Order (MCO) was imposed in March this year due to the novel coronavirus, the film festival will be the first film festival to be held at GSC.
Following the successful launch of the festival’s warm-up activities in September and the screening of 3 films at GSC Cinemas (Nu Sentral branch).
This website will introduce how Japanese film companies shot these films remotely during the epidemic. In addition, will release a video interview with the director of “Pigeon” (2016) Yukisada Isao.
The most exciting part of the Japan Film Festival 2020 is, of course, the screenings at the designated theatres GSC across the country.
GSC and the Kuala Lumpur Japan International Exchange Foundation (JFKL) encourage everyone to go to the cinema again during the Japan Film Festival. Sit in front of the big screen to watch movies, and adapt to the new normal.
The audience can also collect stamps every time they watch a movie, and then exchange the stamps for special gifts. Also, the Japan Film Festival will host the “JFF Plus: Online Festival” event at the end of November after the East Malaysia trip.
This time, 10 films including dramas, dramas, action films and cartoons, with a strong Japanese flavour. These 10 movies include “Dance With Me”, “Hello World”, “Hotel Masquerade”, “Not Quite Dead Yet”, “One Summer Story”, “Step”, “Talking the Pictures”, “The Fable”, ” We Make Antiques! Kyoto Rendezvous” and “YASHIRO Takeshi Stop Motion Animation”.
Moreover, for the complete movie plot, release time and other details, please visit the official website of the Japan Film Festival 2020 or the official website of GSC.
*All videos only speak Japanese with English subtitles.
**In view of the current situation, the Japan Film Festival 2020 will comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) throughout the entire period of its holding in Malaysia.
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