More than 20 feature films at Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, Aug. 17-18

14th Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
August 17-18, 2019

Los Angeles venue: Japanese American National Museum
111 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
At Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Orange County venue: Newport Beach Higashi Honganji Temple
254 Victoria St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Japanese Film Festival Los Angeles (JFFLA) has been introducing Japanese culture and young talent through screening Japanese films in order to deepen our international communication.

The 14th JFFLA on August 17-18 with will be made possible with great help from the Japanese American National Museum, the Nisei week Foundation, and many other organizations in the Japanese community.

All the films in the festival are depicting modern and traditional Japanese culture. As a non-profit organization in the Japanese American community, the Japan Film Festival Los Angeles also screens documentaries and feature films of the Japanese history.

On Aug 17-18 at Los Angeles and Orange County venues, the JFFLA will be playing more than 20 features that will warm your heart.

The JFFLA will be playing the two short film collections, which are respectively less than 20 and 30 minutes both in Los Angeles and Orange County venues.

There will be an event with director Koni who will talk about the robot “OriHime” from his film “Amanogawa” at the Little Tokyo library.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA), the JFFLA will sponsor an event with director Imazeki, and Los Angeles students who visited Nagoya at the Little Tokyo library.

A red carpet, and award ceremony will take place on Aug. 18 at the Japanese American National Museum.
For details, visit www.jffla.org

Screening Schedule

Another Yesterday もうひとつの明日Los Angeles: 5:05pm, Aug.17
A story about families living in the US. One finds the true person of family through friendship, love, and family. Los Angeles premiere screening. Director Steven Heil and casts will appear at the screening.

Last Lover ラスト・ラバー  Los Angeles: 3:00pm, Aug.17 
A story that asks audiences what “love” and “life” are. A girl has a strange experience. She meets her boyfriend who died in a car accident. Director Yusaku Okamoto, and actor Keichi Undo will appear at the screening.

Ito Sisters 伊藤姉妹   Orange County: 11:35am, Aug.17
A documentary that depicting the bravery of the Ito sisters during World War II. The grand child of the sisters, Antonia Glenn is directing the film, and will appear at the screening.

Three Nobunagas  3人の信長  Los Angeles: 1:00pm, Aug. 18 / Orange County: 6:00pm, Aug.17
In the year of 1579, the historical battle between Lord Oda Nobunaga and Lord Imagawa Yoshimoto broke. Imagawa army captured three lords who insisted respectively three were true Nobunaga. Who is the real Nobunaga? Based on historical fact, the film gives audiences thrill and entertainment. Starring TAKAHIRO from EXILE. World premiere.

Aiko 16 sai  アイコ十六歳  Los Angeles: 11:00am, Aug.17  / Orange County: 12:00pm, Aug.18
Based on a book written by Akemi Hotta, the youngest award winning writer at the age of 16 at that time. Directed by Akiyoshi Imazeki, supervised by Nobuhiko Obayashi, music by Southern All Stars. One of the best 80s films. Screening for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of LANSCA (Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation). Akiyoshi Imazeki will appear at the screening.

Amanogawa – The One I’ve Longed  あまのがわ   Los Angeles: 1:00pm, Aug.17 / Orange County: 2:00pm, Aug.18
A story depicting the relationship between a high school girl and a robot “OriHime” at Yakushima island in the southern sea of Japan. The film portraits the life change of the girl. She met the robot at Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture when she visited her grandmother. Los Angeles premiere screening. Directer Koni, and OriHime will appear at the screening.

The Gun    Los Angeles: 3:00pm, Aug.18 / Orange County: 10:00am, Aug.18
“I picked up a gun yesterday. I don’t know anything that is this beautiful, and easy to hold…” Madness runs through your body… Los Angeles premiere screening. Director Masaharu Take will appear at the screening.

Red Snow  赤い雪 Los Angeles: 11:00am, Aug.18  / Orange County: 4:00pm, Aug.17
In a snowing day, a boy disappeared. The boy‘s brother was in shock, and he blamed himself for not keeping his younger brother in his site. Many suspicious murders occur around a woman was responsible for the boy’s missing. The truth disappears in the darkness. Director Sayaka Kai, and actor Nahana will appear at the screening.

Miracle in a Spiny Bur  棘の中にある奇跡  Orange County: 10:00am, Aug. 17
The film about a story that will bring your precious memory back. The story is depicting beautiful nature and human drama in the city of Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture. This heart warming story will leave audiences in emotion.

The JFFLA will be playing the two short film collections, which are respectively less than 20 and 30 minutes both in Los Angeles and Orange County venues.

There will be an event with director Koni who will talk about the robot “OriHime” from his film “Amanogawa” at the Little Tokyo library.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA), the JFFLA will sponsor an event with director Akiyoshi Imazeki, and Los Angeles students who visited Nagoya at the Little Tokyo library.

A red carpet, and award ceremony will take place on Aug. 18 at the Japanese American National Museum.
For details, visit www.jffla.org

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