Films


The Nashville Japanese Film Festival is proud to once again spotlight the art of Japanese cinema, with a compelling line-up for its fourth annual event. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, admission is FREE for each film.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017

Voices of a Distant Star

(2002) 00:25 – Animated – Japanese with English subtitles

From 2002, this was the first major project by acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai, whose Your Name (Kimi no na wa) recently overtook Spirited Away as the highest-grossing anime film in history.

Free Admission courtesy of the Japan Foundation, New York, https://www.jfny.org/.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017

Miss Hokusai

(2015) 1:33 – Animated – Japanese with English subtitles

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G. (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter of one of history’s most famous artists, the revered painter Hokusai.

Free Admission courtesy of Frost Brown Todd, http://www.frostbrowntodd.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017

From Up on Poppy Hill

(2013) 1:32 – Animated – Japanese with English subtitles

Based on the 1980 serialized Japanese comic of the same name, this animated drama tells the tale of high school students working to save their school clubhouse from demolition. Produced by the renowned Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, and scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa.

Free Admission courtesy of Frost Brown Todd, http://www.frostbrowntodd.com.

The Gift from Beate

(2004) 1:32 – Documentary – Japanese with English subtitles

Follow the story of Beate Shirota Gordon, who helped draft the Japanese constitution after WWII, especially the article which guarantees equality between men and women. In the second half of the film, meet a few Japanese women who used that newfound equality to embark on a number of ground-breaking projects.

Free Admission courtesy of the Japan Foundation, New York, https://www.jfny.org/.

The Harimaya Bridge

(2009) 2:00 – Feature – English and Japanese

A powerful drama that finds a man struggling to cope with his resentment towards Japan, the nation he blames for both the loss of his father and his son. While visiting Japan in the aftermath of his son’s death, his experiences challenge him to reassess what he knows and feels.

Free Admission courtesy of Frost Brown Todd, http://www.frostbrowntodd.com.