Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2020

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September 20th(Sun.) to 24th(Thu.) 2020



A Simple Highlight Guide for Special Feature on Japanese Films

Special Feature on Japanese Films

“Looking at the ‘Family’ as Fragile and Breakable”



A special feature of Japanese films will be presented on motion pictures which look at the Japanese family as something fragile and breakable. These films are all Japanese film masterpieces well worth coming out to our film festival to watch!



1995/ Japan/ 110 min./No subtitles

“Maborosi” (1995/Japan) directed by Hirokazu Koreeda


An award-winning film at the Venice Film Festival and the first feature film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, who won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The film is about a woman who can’t get over tragedy.  Her grandmother disappears when she is small. She grows up and gets married but her husband commits suicide…Will she ever get over her dilemma of sorrow?



1993/Japan/124 min./English subtitles

“Moving” (1993/ Japan) directed by Shinji Soumai

©Yomiuri Telecast Corporation. Story based on “Ohikkoshi” by Hiko Tanaka

A Japanese film masterpiece directed by Shinji Soumai and screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Eleven year-old Renko now lives with her mother because her father moved out of the house as they are divorcing. She just doesn’t feel right being stuck in between her parents…Can she get herself together and move on with her life?



2004/Japan/75 min./No subtitles

“Tony Takitani” (2004/Japan) directed by Jun Ichikawa

© 2005 Wilco Co., Ltd.

Directed by Jun Ichikawa and based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. Living a lonely infant life, a man grows up to be a successful illustrator. He then falls in love with a woman and is lucky enough to marry her but happiness does not last long…



1997/ Japan/ 103 min./No subtitles

“HANA-BI” (1997/ Japan) directed by Takeshi Kitano

©1997 Bandai Namco Arts Inc., TV Tokyo Corp., Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Office Kitano Inc.

Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, the film is directed by Takeshi Kitano who plays the lone wolf protagonist detective. His wife is dying. His associate is shot and his subordinate, killed by a criminal. Caring for those around him, the detective decides on a daring course of action…



2008/Japan/140 min./No subtitles

“All Around Us” (2008/Japan) directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi

©2008 “Gururinokoto” Producers

A multi award-winning film in Japan directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi. Set in the 1990s, the film depicts a 10 year period in the life of a couple as they overcome their problems without breaking up. The film also touches on changes in Japan, itself, during the 1990s through the husband who becomes a courtroom artist.



  • ASIA center
  • 芸術文化振興基金
Special Support
  • 西日本シティ銀行
  • 福岡地所株式会社
  • 株式会社福岡リアルティ

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