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Japan Foundation in association with PVR Cinemas unveils Japanese Film Festival India 2019-’20 in Mumbai


Japan Foundation in association with PVR Cinemas unveils Japanese Film Festival India 2019-’20 in Mumbai
~The 10-day Festival opened with the screening of the Japanese musical – comedy film, ‘Dance with Me’~
Mumbai, 17th January 2020: Japan Foundation, New Delhi announced the launch of the third edition of Japanese Film Festival India 2019- ‘20 (JFF-India) in partnership with PVR Cinemas and powered by ENEOS, Japan’s No. 1 Oil Company at PVR ICON, Infiniti mall in Mumbai, today. The multi-city film festival with an overwhelming response from across five cities in 2019, welcomes 2020 in the capital city of entertainment with an expansive list of twenty-five hand-picked, specially curated contemporary Japanese filmsfrom varied genres.The Japanese Film Festival India kick-started in Mumbai with the screening of the unprecedented Japanese musical – comedy film, ‘Dance with Me’, directed by ShinobuYaguchi, and produced by Warner Bros. Japan.
The launch ceremony in Mumbai opened with Mr. Kaoru Miyamoto, Director-General Japan Foundation addressing the audience on the vision behind organizing the third edition of Japanese Film Festival in India. The ceremony was graced by honorable dignitaries, Mr. Masahide Sato, Chief Consul, Consulate General of Japan in Mumbai, Mr. Thomas Dsouza, Sr. Vice President – Programming, PVR Cinemas, Japanese bureaucrats and members of the Japan Foundation. Further, the event witnessed the presence of eminent personalities from the Japanese entertainment industry; critically acclaimed Japanese producers - Mr. Daisuke Sekiguchi, Chief Producer, Warner Bros. Japan and Mr. HidenoriIyoda, award-winning Japanese film and television producer. Anaudience Q&A session with Mr. Daisuke Sekiguchi was held afterthe screening of ‘Dance with Me’.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Kaoru Miyamoto, the Director-General of the Japan Foundation, New Delhi said, “We are excited to bring thethird edition of Japanese Film Festivalto Mumbai, the ‘film city’ of India. We are certain that movie enthusiasts in the city will enjoy and appreciate theseinternationally renowned contemporary Japanese Films. Strengthening the long-standing bond of the two countries; the Film Festival aims to offer a sense and experience of Japanese art, culture and lifestyle to the Indian audience.”
He further added, “So far, we are overwhelmed with the response received from Southern, Northern and Eastern markets. We are grateful to our partners, PVR Cinemas and ENEOS for their outstanding support throughout and wish for a smooth and successful festivalin Mumbai, too.”
At the opening, Mr. Masahide Sato, Consul General of Japan in Mumbai said,“Mumbai is the heart of Bollywood, and on the occasion of this Japanese Film Festival, I sincerely hope more and more Indian people will become interested in watching Japanese movies, and there will be further opportunities for them to appreciate Japanese society and culture.”
The six-month-long Film Festival, touring across seven cities is showcasing a diverse line-up of popular Japanese films like Dance with Me, Shoplifters, Weathering with You, We are Little Zombies, Children of the Sea, Kingdom, Your Name, My Dad is a Heel Wrestler!, Tokyo Ghoul, The Fable, etc. The films selected will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles for the viewer’s convenience at PVR Cinemas only.

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 825 screens at 173 properties in 71cities (India and Sri Lanka), serving 100 million patrons annually. While the total screen tally of the company stands at 825; PVR offers an array of formats with premium screen category, which stands at 4 screens of Director’s Cut, 37 screens of Gold Class, 09 of IMAX, 17 of 4DX, 08 of P[XL], 12 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.
For Further information, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/index.html or https://www.jfindia.org.in/

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