Japan Foundation Manila announces 6 films to be streamed for free this July


Japan Foundation, Manila announced on Friday the titles of the 6 Japanese films that will be screened on the online edition of Japan Film Week this July.

The 6 films, which will be streamed for free on July 22-26, includes:


Bittersweet (Nigakute amai) is the live-action adaptation of Kobayashi Yumio’s romance about a straight woman who doesn’t like vegetables falling in love with a gay vegetarian. The vegetable dishes meticulously presented in every volume which are incorporated into the visuals.

The Takatsu River (Takatsugawa) is a film drama that portrays various people living along the river basin of Shimane Prefeture’s Takatsu River, a government-protected river, burdened by decreasing population as they carry on the tradition of “Kagura” Shinto music and dance which is said to be the roots of Kabuki.

Chieri and Cherry (Chieri to Cherry) is an animation film that deals with the emotional growth of a young girl who confronts the importance of life and sets out toward a new future.

From All Corners (Tabisuru danboru) is a feature-length documentary about “cardboard artist” Shimazu Fuyuki who creates wallets from cardboard boxes discarded on the street. From there he designs and adds functionality to the cardboard wallets he creates.

Hana’s Miso Soup (Hanachan no misoshiru) is a film adaptation of the identically titled essay recording of Yasutake Chie’s fight with cancer as well as the daily life of her husband and daughter.

What’s for Dinner, Mom? (Mama gohan mada?) is a feature drama film based on Hitoto Tae’s essay about sisters born to a Taiwanese father and Japanese mother who reaffirm their familial bonds through the recipes left behind by their deceased mother.

Viewers may access the films through the this link: https://bit.ly/Japan_Film_Week.

The Japan Film Week is described as a spin-off of the annual Japanese Film Festival. It aims to provide varied content to Filipino audiences nationwide who wish to expand their knowledge on Japanese arts, culture, and language.

For more information, visit Japan Foundation, Manila at jfmo.org.ph.