Japanese Film Festival 2024

Japanese Film Festival 2024

Feb 2 (Fri) – 18 (Sun)
At House Samyan,
5th floor of Samyan Mitrtown

Chiang Mai
Feb 9 (Fri) – 11 (Sun)
At Alliance Française de Chiang Maï

Feb 16 (Fri) – 18 (Sun)
At Chiang Mai University Art and Culture Center

Khon Kaen
Feb 9 (Fri)
At Art Lane, Khon Kaen University

Feb 24 (Sat) – 25 (Sun)
At Auditorium, Khon Kaen University Science Park

Feb 23 (Fri) – 25 (Sun)
At Lorem Ipsum Space

Total Admission in Bangkok (including opening ceremony): 4,843 people
Total Admission in Chiang Mai: 793 people
Total Admission in Khon Kaen: 340 people
Total Admission in Songkhla: 118 people


The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, in collaboration with House Samyan, Dude, Movie and Faculty of Fine and Applied Art, Khon Kaen University, proudly presented the “Japanese Film Festival 2024 (JFF 2024)” in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Songkhla. Supported by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, the Japanese Association in Thailand, and Untitled for film, the JFF 2024 gained the vibrant momentum this year with 19 acclaimed films, encompassing diverse ranges of genres, including heartfelt drama, action, comedy, romance, musical performance and an extravaganza of animations.

The recommended film this year was “The Lines That Define Me,” a drama that projects sumi-e, Japanese ink painting, as more than a physical form of art but a thread of life expressed by the artists’ spirits and determination.

©Hiromasa Togami / KODANSHA ©2022 “The Lines that Define Me” FILM PARTNERS

After witnessing Sosuke’s first intimate encounter with a sumi-e painting, ink-painting master Kozan Shinoda spontaneously invites him to become his pupil and introduces him to the delicate, emotional power of bleeding ink. Overcome by the recent loss of his family, the chance gradually offers Sosuke a new path by which to ruminate on the dichotomising beauty of nature and ritualise his grief and self-expression.   Stunningly captured, the tempo of the strokes and their delivery invigorate the sumi-e, offering a window into the traditional intergenerational sensibilities of Japanese artistic disciplines.

Also, other outstanding films that should not be missed in our lineup include:

“Ryuichi Sakamoto|OPUS,” the last stunning performance,featuring just Ryuichi Sakamoto and his piano playing.

On March 28th 2023, legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away after his struggle against cancer. In the years leading up to his death, Sakamoto could no longer perform live. Single concerts, not to mention sprawling global tours, were too taxing. Despite this, in late 2022, Sakamoto mustered all of his energy to leave the world with one final performance: a concert film, featuring just him and his piano.

©️ 2022 Kab Inc.

Curated by Sakamoto himself and presented in his chosen order, the twenty pieces performed in the film wordlessly narrate his life through his music. The selection spans his entire career, from his popstar Yellow Magic Orchestra period, to his magnificent Bertolucci film scores, to music from his meditative final album, 12.

Intimately filmed in a space he knew well, surrounded by his most trusted collaborators, Sakamoto bares his soul through his music, knowing this may be the last time that he can present his art.  A celebration of an artist’s life in the purest sense, Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus is the definitive swan song of the beloved maestro.

(c)EUROPE-KIKAKU / Tollywood 2023

Despite its down-to-earth feature, River is another captivating time-loop film of Yamaguchi Junta apart from Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, his previous famed work.

The stage is the long-established Japanese Inn “Fujiya” in Kibune, Kyoto. Kibune in a quiet winter. Mikoto, (played by Riko Fujitani) a waitress who works at Fujiya, is called back to work by the proprietress while standing by the Kibune River behind the annex. However, two minutes later, for some reason, she finds herself once again facing the Kibune River. Not only Mikoto, but also the clerk, waitresses, chefs, and guests all begin to feel something strange. Hot sake that doesn’t get hot. Rice porridge that won’t go away. A bathroom that you can never leave. They are “looping.” Every 2 minutes! After 2 minutes, time rewinds and everyone returns to where they were, though their memories continue. Some want to get out of the loop, others want to stay, yet they all have issues they need to solve. While watching everyone join forces to investigate the cause, Mikoto finds herself more and more alone.

Directed by Kotono Watanabe, Gold Kingdom and Water Kingdom is the anime adaptation film based on a famous Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nao Iwamoto.

Glistening with gold and water beneath the same sun, Alhamit and Baikari are two warring kingdoms that have come to a diplomatic agreement: Alhamit will gift their most beautiful woman and Baikari their cleverest man, to wed the nations into peace. But apparently they are too stubborn to even honour such a simple deal, and trouble sparks when a dog and cat arrive in place of the promised bride and groom! In a strange twist of fate however, Princess Sarah of Alhamit and Naranbayar of Baikari meet in the forest by chance, without realising who the other is…

©Nao Iwamoto / Shogakukan ©2023 “Gold Kingdom and Water Kingdom” Film Partners

Aside from the films suggested above, the festival offer more quality films such as A Man, winners of Best Film and Best Picture Awards from the Japanese Academy in 2023 and Evil Does Not Exist, winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Heart-shaking work from Ryusuke Hamaguchi, director of DRIVE MY CAR. A Mother’s Touch, based on the biography of Professor Fukushima Satoshi, the first blind and deaf professor in the world will gently warm your heart with mother’s unconditional love and human’s will of power.

For those who help answered the questionnaire after watching our film, will receive this year festival stickers!

Moreover, on 3rd February from 19:30-20:30, a special talks event after the screening under the theme “Literatures, Films and Identities: Through “A Man” by Kei Ishikawa, 8 awards winning of 46th Japan Academy Film Prizes.” held at the cinema entrance of House Samyan. Dr. Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn, Faculty of Mass Communications, Chulalongkorn University, and Dr. Matana Jaturasangpairoj, Japanese Section, Department of Eastern Languages, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University is the speakers and moderated by Mr. Kanchat Rangseekansong. Further details of this events was announced separately on ba.jpf.go.jp.

Screening Schedule in Bangkok
All films had both English and Thai subtitles.

Screening Schedule in Chiang Mai
All films had both English and Thai subtitles. Except 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days only has Thai subtitles.

Screening Schedule in Khon Kaen
All films had both English and Thai subtitles. Except 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days only has Thai subtitles and will be screened outdoor.

Screening Schedule in Songkhla
All films had both English and Thai subtitles except 5 Centimeters per Second only has Thai subtitles.



Ticket fee160 THB – General Audience
140 THB – House Member
120 THB – Student
Ticket purchase*1. Box office at House Samyan
2. Online ticketing at: www.housesamyan.com

Chiang Mai

Ticket feeFree of Charge
Ticket purchase*Reserve your seats through https://linktr.ee/dude.movie
*All methods available from January 27th

Khon Kaen

Ticket feeFree of Charge
Ticket purchase*Reserve your seats through https://www.eventpop.me/e/16964
*24-25 Feb screenings available from January 27th
*9 Feb screenings, no reservation needed.


Ticket feeFree of Charge
Ticket purchase*Reserve your seats through inbox of facebook page
*All methods available from February 16th

Please visit the following links for more updates:
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Contact Information
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
10th Fl. Serm-mit Tower, 159 Sukhumvit 21, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66-2-260-8560~3
Email: acdept_jfbkk@jpf.go.jp



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