Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival 2019 is held from October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.
Tickets must be collected at the box office on the day of the screening at least 10 minutes before the film, or they may be released. 

11 Oct 6:30pm

JFF: The Crimes That Bind

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Series finale for the feature film The Wings of the Kirin and TV drama "Shinzanmono." Based on the novel by Higashino Keigo and directed by Fukuzawa Katsuo, who helmed the TV dramas "NAOKI HANZAWA" and "Downtown Rocket."

A strangled female corpse is discovered in an apartment, and the apartment's resident has vanished. The investigation hits rough waters, but soon they learn about female theater director Asai (Matsushima Nanako). Detective Matsumiya (Mizobata Junpei) forges ahead with the investigation while questioning whether a charred corpse discovered in the vicinity is related to the case, but then Kaga (Abe Hiroshi) learns of a fact that leaves him stunned.'

JFF: The Crimes That Bind

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Series finale for the feature film The Wings of the Kirin and TV drama "Shinzanmono." Based on the novel by Higashino Keigo and directed by Fukuzawa Katsuo, who helmed the TV dramas "NAOKI HANZAWA" and "Downtown Rocket."

A strangled female corpse is discovered in an apartment, and the apartment's resident has vanished. The investigation hits rough waters, but soon they learn about female theater director Asai (Matsushima Nanako). Detective Matsumiya (Mizobata Junpei) forges ahead with the investigation while questioning whether a charred corpse discovered in the vicinity is related to the case, but then Kaga (Abe Hiroshi) learns of a fact that leaves him stunned.'
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12 Oct 1:00pm

JFF: Lu Over the Wall

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'The first, completely original theatrical film by director Yuasa Masaaki. This tale of the encounter and separation of a young boy and a young mermaid is composed of careful depictions of life and delicate emotional portrayals rendered through animation bursting with briskness and energy.
Middle school student Kai (voice:Shimoda Shouta) ends up in a declining fishing town as a result of his parents' divorce. Depressed, he is one day invited by a classmate to join their band. Kai reluctantly goes to the practice site on Mermaid Island where he meets Lu (voice:Tani Kanon), a young mermaid.'

JFF: Lu Over the Wall

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'The first, completely original theatrical film by director Yuasa Masaaki. This tale of the encounter and separation of a young boy and a young mermaid is composed of careful depictions of life and delicate emotional portrayals rendered through animation bursting with briskness and energy.
Middle school student Kai (voice:Shimoda Shouta) ends up in a declining fishing town as a result of his parents' divorce. Depressed, he is one day invited by a classmate to join their band. Kai reluctantly goes to the practice site on Mermaid Island where he meets Lu (voice:Tani Kanon), a young mermaid.'
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12 Oct 3:30pm

JFF: The 8-Year Engagement

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Zeze Takahisa of Six Four directs this film adaptation of the non-fiction book "8 nen goshi no hanayome Kimi no me ga sametanara." Satoh Takeru of the "Rurouni Kenshin" series and Tsuchiya Tao of Orange star as the couple struggling with chronic illness.

Hisashi (Satoh) and Mai (Tsuchiya) are engaged to be married and are completely happy, but Mai falls ill three months before their wedding. She has a cardiac arrest and falls into a coma, and Hisashi prays for her recovery. Mai gradually regains consciousness, but then another challenge awaits her.'

JFF: The 8-Year Engagement

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Zeze Takahisa of Six Four directs this film adaptation of the non-fiction book "8 nen goshi no hanayome Kimi no me ga sametanara." Satoh Takeru of the "Rurouni Kenshin" series and Tsuchiya Tao of Orange star as the couple struggling with chronic illness.

Hisashi (Satoh) and Mai (Tsuchiya) are engaged to be married and are completely happy, but Mai falls ill three months before their wedding. She has a cardiac arrest and falls into a coma, and Hisashi prays for her recovery. Mai gradually regains consciousness, but then another challenge awaits her.'
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12 Oct 6:00pm

JFF: Born Bone Born

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Heartwarming drama directed by Teruya Toshiyuki, the comedian who goes by the stage name of Gori. This humorous portrayal of the relationships within a family centers on the メbone washingモ custom of cleaning and reinterring the bones of the deceased. Gori unveiled the idea in his 2016 short film born, bone, boon, which won numerous film festival honors.

Tsuyoshi (Tsutsui Michitaka) is from the remote Okinawan island of Aguni and returns home after a four-year absence to wash the bones of his deceased mother. But, his father Nobutsuna (Okuda Eiji), who lives at home by himself, is a mess and has gone back to the bottle, a habit he was supposed to have quit.'

JFF: Born Bone Born

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Heartwarming drama directed by Teruya Toshiyuki, the comedian who goes by the stage name of Gori. This humorous portrayal of the relationships within a family centers on the メbone washingモ custom of cleaning and reinterring the bones of the deceased. Gori unveiled the idea in his 2016 short film born, bone, boon, which won numerous film festival honors.

Tsuyoshi (Tsutsui Michitaka) is from the remote Okinawan island of Aguni and returns home after a four-year absence to wash the bones of his deceased mother. But, his father Nobutsuna (Okuda Eiji), who lives at home by himself, is a mess and has gone back to the bottle, a habit he was supposed to have quit.'
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13 Oct 1:00pm

JFF: Room Laundering

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Film adaptation of the second-prize winner in the talent discovery project TSUTAYA CREATORS' PROGRAM FILM 2015. Fantasy inspired by a quirky job that involves living in stigmatized properties to wipe the slate clean of unsavory incidents.

Thanks to her uncle Ikazuchi Goro (Odagiri Joe), orphaned and isolated Yakumo Miko (Ikeda Elaiza) gets a 'room laundering' job cleansing stigmatized properties. At the properties, she keeps encountering ghosts that harbor regrets and starts giving them advice about their problems.'

JFF: Room Laundering

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

'Film adaptation of the second-prize winner in the talent discovery project TSUTAYA CREATORS' PROGRAM FILM 2015. Fantasy inspired by a quirky job that involves living in stigmatized properties to wipe the slate clean of unsavory incidents.

Thanks to her uncle Ikazuchi Goro (Odagiri Joe), orphaned and isolated Yakumo Miko (Ikeda Elaiza) gets a 'room laundering' job cleansing stigmatized properties. At the properties, she keeps encountering ghosts that harbor regrets and starts giving them advice about their problems.'
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13 Oct 3:30pm

JFF: Recall

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

Feature film based on author Ikeido Jun's same-named bestselling novel. Directed by Motoki Katsuhide of Samurai Hustle.

Transport company president Akamatsu (Nagase Tomoya) doubts that poor maintenance caused a trailer truck's wheel-separation accident and asks customer strategy chief Sawada (Dean Fujioka) at manufacturer Hope Motors to investigate. Meanwhile, Izaki (Takahashi Issey) at Bank of Hope's head branch sales division has doubts about Hope Motors' business plans and embarks on an independent investigation. They both discover that this corporate powerhouse has been hiding vehicle recalls.'

JFF: Recall

This film is playing as a part of the Japanese Film Festival 2019 October 11 - 13. Tickets are free and will be allocated at a first-come, first-served basis. Book either at the counter or by calling Academy Cinemas at 09-373-2761.

Feature film based on author Ikeido Jun's same-named bestselling novel. Directed by Motoki Katsuhide of Samurai Hustle.

Transport company president Akamatsu (Nagase Tomoya) doubts that poor maintenance caused a trailer truck's wheel-separation accident and asks customer strategy chief Sawada (Dean Fujioka) at manufacturer Hope Motors to investigate. Meanwhile, Izaki (Takahashi Issey) at Bank of Hope's head branch sales division has doubts about Hope Motors' business plans and embarks on an independent investigation. They both discover that this corporate powerhouse has been hiding vehicle recalls.'
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