The Japanese Film Festival is here again!


The highly anticipated 18th edition of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2022 from 8 September to 9 October at participating GSC cinemas, bringing the best of Japanese cinema for all to enjoy on the big screen!


JFF 2022 is held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the “Look East Policy” established in 1982.


The Festival will open in the Klang Valley and travel to GSC cinemas located in Penang, Johor Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.


The JFF will be celebrated at GSC Paradigm Mall in Johor Baru from September 22 to 25, so get your gang together to immerse yourselves in a Japanese film experience.


This edition of the annual celebration brings over 12 titles ranging from a variety of genres – drama, documentary, romance, youth and animation – highlighting various aspects of the Japanese culture through the films while satisfying the cinematic cravings and capturing the minds and hearts for film fans and newcomers alike.


The highlight of the festival is the Malaysian release of “Just Remembering” directed by MATSUI Daigo, which tells a story of a couple recalling their sweet memories together.


Anime fans will get to enjoy two titles, a coming-of-age story “BLUE THERMAL” by TACHIBANA Masaki and a period drama “INU-OH” by YUASA Masaaki.


Family-themed titles include “And So The Baton Is Passed” by MAEDA Tetsu based on the novel that won the 16th Japan Booksellers’ Award in 2019, a beautiful documentary filled with love “I Go Gaga: Welcome Home Mom” by NOBUTOMO Naoko, and “INTOLERANCE” by YOSHIDA Keisuke that highlights the intricate portrayals of the behaviour and psychology of people caught in extreme situations.


Festival goers will also be able to collect rewards while enjoying the festival by collecting stamps which they can use to redeem exclusive goodies and stand a chance to win Books Kinokuniya Malaysia vouchers.


In addition to that, JFF this year will be including GSC The Spring for the Kuching leg of the nationwide tour.


Tickets for JFF 2022 will be sold at an affordable price of RM9.50 except for “Just Remembering” which will be sold at the prevailing ticket price.


Tickets for the screenings can be purchased ONE (1) week before the first screening at each region via GSC Ticketing Kiosk, GSC e-payment at or GSC Mobile Apps.


All films presented will be in Japanese with English subtitles.


A complete listing of JFF film synopses, showtimes, and general information is available at and


To all movie-buffs, Happy Japanese movie-bingeing!

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