The Japanese Film Festival 2023: What to expect

The much-awaited Japanese Film Festival is making its comeback in 2023, running from 7th September to 15th October at selected GSC cinemas across Malaysia.

Now in its 19th year, the annual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) features over 16 captivating titles across genres like drama, documentary, romance, mystery and animation, immersing audiences in diverse aspects of Japanese culture.

Opening the curtains to this year’s celebration, it features Small, Slow but Steady (2022), a cinematic masterpiece by acclaimed director Sho Miyake, who will make a special appearance at the opening ceremony; following his applauded Ju-on: Origins (2020) series on Netflix and And Your Bird Can Sing (2018) which can also be watched on the JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA website now.

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship, JFF extends a special invitation to director Lim Kah Wai, known for Your Lovely Smile (2022), a Malaysian filmmaker who has been actively producing films in Osaka, Japan.

Audiences should not miss the Detective Conan Marathon free screenings on September 9 and 17, 2023 in the Klang Valley and Penang respectively, showcasing titles like The Last Wizard of the Century (1999), Crossroad in The Ancient Capital (2003), and The Private Eyes’ Requiem (2006). (PS: Tickets for the Detective Conan Marathon must be booked before on Eventbrite. But, depending on availability on the day of the screening, limited tickets may also be available for walk-ins.)

Adding to the cinematic marvel, the event proudly presents the digitally remastered edition of LUPIN the Third The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). This iconic masterpiece marks the first feature film from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, whose illustrious career includes timeless animated classics like My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001) and many more from Studio Ghibli.

Festival goers will also be rewarded while enjoying the festival by collecting stamps which they can use to redeem exclusive goodies and prizes.

Tickets for JFF 2023 will be sold at an affordable price of RM10 (except #Manhole) via GSC channels. All films presented will be in Japanese with English subtitles. A complete listing of JFF film synopsis, showtimes, and general information is available at and

Feature photo is of event sponsors and partners, listing (from right) Umapagan Ampikaipakan (Managing Editor at Goggler); Atsushi Ogawa (Managing Director Manager at Imuraya Malaysia Sdn Bhd); Norihisa Tsukamoto (Director at The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur); Masashi Shiraishi (Chief Executive in Malaysia, General Manager of the Kuala Lumpur Branch for Mitsubishi Corporation); Esther Hau (Marketing Manager, Distribution, GSC Movies); and Marcel Lariche (CEO, Cinema Online)

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