Nashville Japanese Film Festival Debuts at Watkins April 4-6

March 28, 2014

The Nashville Japanese Film Festival premieres April 4–6 in the Watkins Theater, with a nine-film line-up showcasing the rich style and diversity that have made Japanese cinema popular worldwide.

From comedy to drama, anime to documentary, the inaugural festival will spotlight new and classic Japanese-made films, including legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s “Dreams” (4/4); the uplifting “What the Snow Brings” (4/5); and the award-winning “Noriko’s Dinner Table” (the follow-up to the cult favorite “Suicide Club”) (4/6).

The line-up will also feature three free film screenings: the anime tale “Brave Story” and the hilarious, live-action “Robot-G,” both on Saturday, followed by “Always – Sunset on Third Street – 3” on Sunday.

Special events include an exclusive, limited-ticket opening-night reception with Japan’s Consul-General Motohiko Kato (4/4), an optional dress-up day (4/5), and an afternoon seminar on Japanese cinema led by Scott Hallgren, instructor in film sound/music at Watkins (4/5).

Food trucks will be on hand during the lunch and dinner hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are available at the door or at NashvilleJapaneseFilmFestival.org. Each film (except the three free screenings) is $10 admission. Moviegoers can also opt for a 3-movie pass for $25 or an all-film pass for $50.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is located at 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228 (in Metro Center across from the Looby].  Plenty of free parking is available in the campus lot.

Established in 2014, the mission of NJaFF is to celebrate all aspects of Japanese culture, as experienced through the medium of film. A non-profit Tennessee corporation set up for the benefit of the public, the Nashville Japanese Film Festival is an official event of the Nashville Cherry Blossom season recognized by the Consulate-General of Japan at Nashville. Inquiries & information: info@nashvillejapanesefilmfestival.org



2014 Nashville Japanese Film Festival Schedule

* Films marked with an asterisk are free,
courtesy of The Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan at Nashville

Friday, April 4

  • 6:00-7:00 pm – Opening Night Reception (ticketed reservations only) – Remarks by Consul-General Motohiko Kato
  • 7:30 pm – Akira Kurosawa’s “Dreams” (1 hr 59 min) PG

Saturday, April 5 – Dress Up Day (optional)Brave Story poster

  • *10:00 am – “Brave Story” – anime (1 hr 52 min) G
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Special Presentation on Japanese Cinema featuring Watkins professor, Scott Hallgren (free with movie pass, including multi-screening pass)
  • 2:00 pm – “What the Snow Brings” (1 hr 52 min) N/R
  • *5:30 pm – “Robot-G” (1 hr 51 min) N/R
  • 7:45 pm – “Legend of the Millennium Dragon” (1 hrs 40 min) PG-13

Sunday, April 613 Assassins poster

  • *10:00 am – “Always – Sunset on Third Street – 3” (2 hrs 22 min) PG
  • 1:00 pm – “Hafu” documentary (1 hour 26 min) N/R
  • 3:00 pm – “13 Assassins” (2 hrs 21 min) R
  • 6:30 pm – “Noriko’s Dinner Table” (2 hr 39 min) N/R