The Nashville Japanese Film Festival is proud to once again spotlight the art of Japanese cinema, with a compelling line-up for 2019. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, admission is FREE for each film.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

7:00 – 8:15 PM

(2018) 85 mins- Live Action & Animated – Japanese with English subtitles

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019 – Presented in partnership with the Nashville Film Festival

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Fishing with Father

(2017) 23 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

When a father who bonds with his son over fishing suffers from a stroke, his son chooses to drop out of high school to support the family while he recovers. The once close pair drift apart under their new circumstances, but eventually repair their relationship at long last and go fishing together again.

Moon Rabbit

(2018) 15 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

Seven year-old Rio visits her grandparents in Japan for the first time. She observes the beauty and unfamiliarity of the household, sensing a distance between her American family and the Japanese relatives. When her mother, Seiko, reveals an open secret, the children are excused from the room and something happens behind closed doors.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Heartless Angler

(2017) 12 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

When a businessman pretends to go to the office but goes to the river to fish instead, the lie ends in a fatal failure.

Crooked Dances

(2018) 24 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

This film project started as a part of an education project in an out-of-class creative activity. All students had no acting experience. The film, “Danses de travers (Crooked Dances)” is a film work made by a regular school teacher and his students. This is a story about student lovers, Yuki and Kito. There was an accident at a boarding school ages ago. Students talk about the incident at night while sharing scary stories.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


(2018) 27 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

An aspiring actress who is suicidal, and a girl trying to survive physical abuse, live on a small tropical island. When they are both nearing their moment of death, a biological weapon strikes the island. A transformed world awaits them in which only those who are truly alone can survive.

Fault Line

(2018) 27 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

Fault Line is an independent short film shot on location in Okinawa, Japan dealing with the issues of self-destructive behavior, infidelity and regret in the relationship of a newly engaged couple.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Terrolun and Lunlun

(2018) 50 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

After a tragic accident, Terrolun becomes a shut-in, living in his parent’s garage, where he fixes mechanical items. When Lunlun, a hearing-impaired high school student, brings him something to repair, they strike up a friendship. These two outcasts strengthen their relationship through a garage window.

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Fake Plastic Planet

(2018) 74 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

A 25 year-old homeless girl, Shiho, living in an internet cafe, runs into a blind fortune teller who insists that they had met 25 years ago. Figuring out who that actually was turns out to be a journey to search for her identity.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019 – Presented in partnership with the Consul General of Japan at Nashville and the Japan Foundation


9:00 – 10:45 AM

(2013) 75 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

After his father’s death, Jiro, a 32-year-old man without a job or a social life, must follow clues and venture out into the world to find his mother alongside a puppy named Ichiro.

© 2009 “Mameshiba” Production Committee

A Tale of Samurai Cooking

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

(2013) 122 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

During the Edo period, an excellent cook marries the heir to a renowned cooking family only to find he is a terrible chef. With the help of her new mother-in-law, she must teach him the ways of the culinary arts.

© 2013 “A Tale of Samurai Cooking” Film Partners

Pop In Q

1:30 – 3:05 PM

(2016) 95 mins- Animated – Japanese with English subtitles

In this anime, five middle school girls are taken away to a fantasy world where they must save the world through dance. Will these different girls be able to connect to each other in time?

© 2016 Toei Animation / ⎡Pop In Q⎦ Partners

Thermae Romae

3:15 – 5:00 PM

(2012) 109 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

Lucius, an ancient Roman architect, time travels to modern Japan and learns many techniques to build amazing bath houses back in Rome. (Not suitable for children.)

© 2012 “Thermae Romae” Film Partners


5:30 – 7:45 PM

(2017) 124 mins- LiveAction – Japanese with English subtitles

Eight years have passed from the Akihabara massacre. A pop star whose mother was killed in the incident, a teenager who left her home to Akihabara, a delivery boy who turns his directionless anger to the city. This is a story about the characters striving to grasp the string of hope within the darkness surrounding the city, the incident, and the people.

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