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#Showbiz: Japanese Film Fest returns with a great selection

KUALA LUMPUR: After over a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns to offer film fans an opportunity to catch the latest Japanese cinema at selected Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) nationwide from Jan 6 to 23.

Showcasing 13 new and acclaimed Japanese films from family and drama to animation and comedy, JFF is set to capture the imaginations and entertain audiences of all ages.

Organised by the Japan Foundation in partnership with GSC, the month-long celebration will feature four films released in 2021.

They are teen fantasy It's A Summer Film! directed by Matsumoto Soushi, fantasy drama Liar X Liar by Yakumo Saiji, supernatural thriller The Night Beyond The Tricornered Window by Mirogaki Yukihiro and romance drama Moonlight Shadow by Malaysian film director Edmund Yeo.

The remaining nine Japanese films are from last year and 2019. They include Theatre: A Love Story, Poupelle Of Chimney Town, Masked Ward, Mio's Cookbook, We Make Antiques! Kyoto Rendezvous, The Fable, Talking The Pictures, Step and One Summer Story.

JFF 2021 will kick off from Thursday to Jan 12 with screenings in the Klang Valley at GSC Mid Valley, GSC 1 Utama and GSC Nu Sentral.

The films will then be shown from Jan 13 to 16 at GSC Gurney Plaza in Penang and GSC Paradigm Mall JB in Johor.

The festival will make its final run from Jan 20 to 23 at GSC CityOne Megamall in Kuching, Sarawak and GSC Suria Sabah in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Tickets are priced at RM9.50 per film and can be purchased two days before the first day of screening at each region via GSC Ticketing Kiosk, GSC e-payment at www.gsc.com.my or GSC Mobile Apps.

Festival goers will also be able to enjoy the festival and collect rewards along the way. Watch any of the festival movies to earn stamps that can be used to redeem exclusive goodies.

Visit www.jfkl.org.my/events/jff-2021 or www.gsc.com.my for the complete list of JFF film synopses, showtimes and general information.

All films will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Due to the current situation, JFF 2021 will be adhering to strict SOP during its entire run.

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