36th Japanese Film Festival


On October 18 and 28, the Embassy of Japan and the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with Japan Foundation, presented the 36th Japanese Film Festival at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The film festival opened on October 18 with remarks by the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Kimihiro Ishikane, and the Canadian Film Institute Executive Director, Mr. Tom McSorley. In his opening remarks, the Ambassador of Japan spoke briefly about the history of the Japanese Film Festival in Ottawa, as well as the history of Japanese cinema more broadly. The Japanese movie “Let’s Go, JETs!” was then shown to an audience of over 150 people.


The closing movie of the film festival was “A Sparkle of Life.” This movie about a Japanese widow trying to find a partner to bring more sunshine in her life attracted a large crowd of over 250 people! Despite the fact that some people had to stand because all the seats were filled, everyone enjoyed this Japanese romantic comedy!


The Japanese Film Festival in Ottawa is a popular annual event for the Embassy of Japan, and is one of the longest-running event of the Canadian Film Institute. Since its inception in 1985, the festival has introduced a variety of Japanese films to the people of Ottawa and Gatineau.


Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Kimihiro ishikane, delivering opening remarks on October 18   CFI Executive Director, Mr. Tom McSorley, delivering opening remarks


The audience enjoying the Japanese movie “A Sparkle of Life” on October 28


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