Stream These 6 Films for Free in Japan Film Week!

As we inch closer to the second half of this month, we’re giving you more information on the Japan Film Week line-up. The weeklong online festival is a partnership among The Japan Foundation, Manila, Solar Pictures, Sinag Maynila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Here are the six films that will be available on free limited streaming from July 22-26:

FROM ALL CORNERS
D: Ryusuke Okujima
S: Fuyuke Shimazu
91 Minutes | Documentary | 2018

Los Angeles-based director Ryusuke Okujima’s first feature-length documentary follows a self-proclaimed “cardboard picker” who crafts and sells wallets made out of discarded cardboard boxes.

Stream here.
FREE ACCESS BEGINS JULY 22, WEDNESDAY, 9:00AM

 

HANA’S MISO SOUP
D: Tomoake Akune
S: Ryoko Hirosue, Kenichi Takito
118 Minutes | Drama | 2016

A married woman with breast cancer defies all odds and starts a family life. As her daughter grows up, she teaches her the importance of food and family.

Stream here.
FREE ACCESS BEGINS JULY 22, WEDNESDAY, 9:00AM

WHAT’S FOR DINNER, MOM? 
D: Mitsuhito Shiraha
S: Haruka Kinami, Izumi Fujimoto
117 Minutes | Drama | 2017

Adapted from an essay by Hitoto Tae, this is a heartwarming story about two half-Taiwanese sisters who rekindle their familial bond through recipes left behind by their deceased mother.

Stream here. 
FREE ACCESS BEGINS JULY 23, THURSDAY, 9:00AM

BITTERSWEET
D: Shogo Kusano
S: Haruna Kawaguchi, Kento Hayashi
96 Minutes | Comedy | 2016

This live action adaptation of Yumio Kobayashi’s romance follows a vegetable-hating straight woman who moves in – and falls in love – with a gay vegetarian.

Stream here.
FREE ACCESS BEGINS JULY 24, FRIDAY, 9:00AM

CHIERI AND CHERRY
D: Makoto Nakamura
S: Natsumi Takamori, Gen Hoshino
54 Minutes | Children’s/Fantasy/Animation | 2015

A lonely sixth-grader forms an imaginary(?) bond with a stuffed animal she found during her late father’s funeral.

Stream here.
FREE ACCESS BEGINS JULY 25, SATURDAY, 9:00AM

THE TAKATSU RIVER
D: Yoshinari Nishikori
S: Masahiro Komoto, Naho Toda
113 Minutes | Drama | 2020

Set along the basin of the titular river, this drama follows a ranch operator who notices his son’s growing habit of skipping Kagura practice. This is a story of a community trying to keep traditions alive amidst their diminishing population.

Stream here.
FREE ACCESS BEGINS JULY 25, SATURDAY, 9:00AM 

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For more information, visit the official JAPAN FILM WEEK Vimeo streaming page or The Japan Foundation, Manila’s official website. You may also follow @jfmanila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit their official Youtube channel.

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