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Japanese Film Festival Online 2024 Opens in 27 Countries and Regions!


Japanese Film Festival Online 2024 Opens in

 27 Countries and Regions!


  • Organizer: The Japan Foundation
  • Supporters: Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Japanese Association in Thailand
  • Dates: [First Session] June 5, 2024, 10:00 AM (GMT+7) to June 19, 2024, 10:00 AM (GMT+7): 20 films, including the 4 short films in the Japan Horror Film Competition
  • [Second Session] June 19, 2024, 10:00 AM (GMT+7) to July 3, 2024, 10:00 AM (GMT+7): 2 TV drama series
  • Titles Distributed: 22 titles (20 films and 2 TV drama series with a total of 20 episodes)
  • Distribution Medium: https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2024/

The Japan Foundation (JF) will hold the Japanese Film Festival Online 2024 for four weeks from June 5 to July 3, 2024, as part of our Japanese Film Festival (JFF), sharing the excitement of Japanese cinema with the world. We are pleased to announce the lineup of films and TV dramas that will be distributed during this event.

This third edition of the Japanese Film Festival Online will be held in a record-breaking 27 countries and regions, with a wide variety of films and—for the first time since it was established—two thrilling TV drama series. The diverse lineup includes School Meals Time Graduation and The Zen Diary, both of which showcase Japan’s delicious food culture, as well as the world premiere of the 4K digitally remastered version of JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO, aka KIMBA THE WHITE LION, a classic anime based on TEZUKA Osamu’s manga masterpiece.

Two extremely popular TV drama series, Downtown Rocket and RIKUOH, will also be available to watch in their entirety. These moving human dramas about diligent, hardworking people chasing big dreams became instant hits when they were released in Japan.

World Premiere of the 4K Digitally Restored Version of JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO, aka KIMBA THE WHITE LION
 (Above: still from the film)

Videos promoting the festival and those showing the directors’ messages are available on JFF+’s official YouTube channel.

* Japanese subtitles will be provided for some films to benefit Japanese-language learners
* The schedule and program contents are subject to change without prior notice.

Lineup (Total: 22 Titles)

*Full information of the lineup in English is available at https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2024/ 

How to Watch:

  1. Click the “Choose your Country/Region” button and select your location. Note: Film availability varies by country/region.
  2. Choose your desired film.
  3. Once you’ve selected a film, click “Now Showing” to access the viewing screen. Then, click/tap “Watch for Free”.

If prompted to enter your email:

* Sign in with your account.

*If you don’t have an account, register by providing your email, username, and password. *Users under 18 need parental/guardian approval.

*Agree to terms and conditions and click “Watch” to start viewing.

  • About JFF(Japanese Film Festival)

In 2016, the Japan Foundation, as part of the JFF Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative, established the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) with the aim to share Japanese cinema with 10 ASEAN countries and Australia. We have expanded to China and India in 2017, and then to Russia in 2018. In 2023, JFF was held in 10 countries with more than 120,000 participants

JFF+ is a media website dedicated to sharing the excitement of Japanese cinema with the world. The content is primarily in English and Japanese, with many other languages also being included. The website is composed of three sections. Visitors to the site can click “Read” for the latest news in Japanese cinema, interviews, discussion, and unique feature articles, or “Watch” for JFF+’s Japanese movie streaming platform for overseas viewers. Since 2022, we have also started “JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA”, an online streaming project that introduces independent films as well as independent cinemas of Japan. By clicking “Join”, users can receive the latest news about JFF and the JFF archives which are managed by the Japan Foundation.

The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. With the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries/regions, our various activities and information services create opportunities for people-to-people interactions.

The JF has 26 overseas offices in 25 countries. It is active throughout Asia, Oceania, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and works closely with Japanese diplomatic missions and other related organizations in each country.

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