The Inaugural TORONTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL to Introduce the Best of Japanese Contemporary Cinema to Canadian Audiences
February 29, 2012, Toronto, Ontario –The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and Shiseido (Canada) Inc. are pleased to announce the inaugural Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF), a two week showcase of the best of Japanese contemporary cinema in Toronto from June 7 to 21, 2012. Through the support of its industry sponsor Alliance Films Inc., TJFF acts as forum to connect Toronto audiences, Japanese filmmakers, industry professionals and supporters.
TJFF also aims to continue to focus awareness of and support for the on-going needs of the Japanese people following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. A portion of the proceeds of the festival will go to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund which has already raised over $1.5 million for the relief effort.
The Festival will open with the Canadian premiere of Rebirth. Directed by Izuru Narushima and based on the novel by popular Mitsuyo Kakuta, Rebirth received 10 Japanese Academy Award including best film of the year.
“We are thrilled to open the inaugural Toronto Japanese Film Festival with Rebirth,” said James Heron, director of the festival and executive director of the JCCC. “It is a powerful film about motherhood and child abduction with searing central performances from Mao Inoue and Hiromi Nagasaku; it was a huge hit with audiences and critics in Japan and I think its universal themes will resonate with Toronto audiences as well.”
Other films include Sion Sono’s Guilty of Romance, Masato Hara’s Chronicle of my Mother (winner of Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Montreal International Film Festival), Takashi (13 Assassins) Miike’s Ninja Kids, and Mami Sunada’s Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman.
Information about tickets sales, films, schedules and other Festival news can be found at www.torontojff.com.
For almost 50 years, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre has been an engine for generating friendship through the exchange of culture and ideas between Canada and Japan. The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is just one way the JCCC showcases Japanese culture – this time through the eyes of some of its most talented filmmakers. Registered charity # 118972967RR0001
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