The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is set to stream some of the most acclaimed Japanese films for the world to watch. This year, the JFF is promoting Japanese movies online by providing over 25 films to be streamed in 20 countries, including Egypt. The movies vary from Japanese classics to musicals to animated children’s movies and more, providing the right films for all tastes and ages. Divided into five groups, the participating countries include Malaysia, Thailand, India, the United States, Mexico, Spain, and, of course, Egypt, among many others.
Part of Group 5, along with Spain, Italy, Germany, and Hungary, Egypt is due to start streaming movies from the website on the 26th of February. Each film will be available for 24 hours following its scheduled streaming time, which you can find on the JFF website, after which streaming will no longer be available. The festival ends on the 7th of March, 2021.
All you need to do to watch the movies is create an account on JFF’s website and tune in during the 24-hour window when the movie you want to watch is due to stream. Some of the films being streamed include: Stolen Identity, a thriller streaming at noon on the 26th of February; Dance with Me, a Musical Comedy streaming at 10:00 AM on the 27th of February; and The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, a Japanese classic streaming at 10:00 AM on the 1st of March. The films will be available with English and Arabic subtitles.
Starting in 2016, the JFF’s main aim is the promotion and appreciation of the Japanese cinematic arts. It was first held in ASEAN countries, but later grew to include China, India, and Russia. In 2019-2020, the festival was moved online, opportunely including over 12 countries. This year, with the festival still held online, many more countries are getting the chance to take part in the experience, including, and for the first time, Egypt.
The festival is held by the Japan Foundation, the only Japanese organisation whose main aim is the promotion of international cultural exchange, as well as the provision of a better understanding of Japanese culture by sharing it in other regions. Since this year’s festival started in November 2020, with over 100,000 people tuning in to watch, many countries have already benefited from it, allowing the Japan Foundation to achieve its inherent objectives.
No matter what kind of movies you like, you’ll find something to spark your interest at the JFF. So, go online, sign up, take a look at the available movies, and navigate the Japanese culture from the comfort of your own home.