~The 10-day Film Festival opened with the screening of the action-adventure film, “Kingdom” ~
Chennai, 8th November’19:Japan Foundation, New Delhi launched the third edition of Japanese Film Festival’19 (JFF-India) in India in partnership with PVR Cinemas and powered by ENEOS at PVR ICON at VR mall in Chennai today. JFF-Indiaaims to cater to the increasing demand for internationally acclaimed content in the Indian sub-continent. Marking its first year in Chennai, the festival will screen 25 specially curated Japanese films, exclusively for the cine-goers of the region. The 10-day film festival opened with the screening of the action-adventure film, “Kingdom”.
The Opening Ceremony of the Festival witnessed the presence of the honorable dignitaries, Mr. Kojiro Uchiyama, Consul General of Japan in Chennai,Mr. Kaoru Miyamoto, the Director-General of the Japan Foundation, New Delhiand Mr. SwaroopReddy , Regional Director- South, PVR Cinemas. Tamilian veteran actor-director Chitra Lakshmanan was also in attendance. The event was further graced by Japanese bureaucrats and members of the Japan Foundation.
Mr. Kojiro Uchiyama, Consul General of Japan in Chennai in his inaugural address said that the interesting stories to be screened in the next 10 days in this festival can help you understand the culture, the society and the people of Japan. In case if you feel like going to Japan after seeing these films, there is now a direct flight from Chennai and Tokyo operated by ANA (All Nippon Airways). He further said that many Japanese still remember the film “Muthu” starring Rajinikanth and his recent movie “2.0” hit cinemas in Japan.
Marking the occasion, Mr. Kaoru Miyamoto, Director-General, Japan Foundation New Delhi said, “We are excited to bring the festival for the first time to Chennai, the centre of Kollywood. South India is a land of cinema lovers which has made us expand our geographic reach and tap into a larger audience base. The festival is curated with renowned and popular Japanese films to bring Japanese culture, lifestyle and spiritto the people of India.”
He added, “The Delhi-NCR leg of the film festival received an overwhelming response and we are certain the enthusiasm in Chennai will be similar. We want to thank our partner PVR Cinemas for their continued support in making the Film Festival grander with each edition.”
The six-month-long Film Festival touring seven cities was launched in Delhi-NCR in September’19 with the India Premiere of the latest master piece of internationally renowned filmmaker, Makoto Shinkai’s“Weathering With You (2019)”. The third edition of JFF-India’s diverse film collection has several popular titles like Dance with Me, Shoplifters, Your Name, Perfect World, Children of the sea, Kingdom, My Dad is a Heel Wrestler! Tokyo Ghoul, The Fable, etc. unveiling fresh insights into contemporary Japanese culture.The films selected will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles for the viewer’s convenience.
About PVR Limited PVR is the largest and the most premium film exhibition company in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has redefined the way entertainment is perceived in the country. PVR currently operates a cinema circuit comprising of 809 screens at 171 properties in 70 cities (India & Sri Lanka), serving 100 million patrons annually. While the total screen tally of the company stands at 800; PVR offers an array of formats with premium screen category, which stands at 4 screens of Director’s Cut, 33 screens of Gold Class, 08 of IMAX, 15 of 4DX, 08 of P[XL], 10 of Playhouse and 01 of PVR Onyx across the country.
About Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. With the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries / regions, our various activities and information services create opportunities for interpersonal interactions. The Japan Foundation develops programs in three different fields—arts and cultural exchange, Japanese Language education overseas, and Japanese studies and intellectual exchange.
The Japan Foundation has a global network consisting of the Tokyo headquarters, the Kyoto Office, two Japanese-language institutes, and 25 overseas offices in 24 countries (including two Asia Center liaison offices).
The Japan Foundation, New Delhi was officially established in January 1994 and since then has been carrying out the Foundation’s programs thoroughly.