28th Cinema Nippon

The Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata and Nihongo Kaiwa Kyookai Society (NKKS) organized a Japanese film festival in collaboration with Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre, I & CA Department, Government of West Bengal.

6 Japanese movies with English subtitles were screened on 21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2017 at Nandan II in Kolkata.

This event is listed in the agenda of ‘2017 The Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges’

Inauguration Ceremony

The film festival was inaugurated on 21 July 2017 at 4:00 PM by Mr. Masayuki Taga, Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, in the presence of Mr. Yadab Mondal, Commissioner and CEO, Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre and Mr. Jayanta Kumar Saha, President, NKKS.

Film Director, Mr. Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay, graced the occasion as CHIEF GUEST.


Mr. Saha welcomed the distinguished guests and audience and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Nandan authorities for providing the venue for the festival.

Mr. Mondal stated that language is not a barrier to enjoy the true essence of a movie and expressed his hope that Kolkata International Film Festival will have more and more Japanese films in the years to come.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Mukhopadhyay, expressed pleasure in being invited on the occassion and fondly recollected his memory of watching the Japanese movie 'Rashomon' at the same venue in the past. He also informed the audience of the friendship between Akira Kurosawa and Satyajit Ray, and the mutual admiration they had for each other.

Consul General Taga briefed the audience about Cinema Nippon and expressed hope that it will be enjoyed by one and all. He sincerely thanked Nandan, NKKS and the Chief Guest for their support and cooperation in organizing the film festival.

Movie Synopsis and Screening Schedule

21 July 2017 | Friday | 4:00 PM (Post Inauguration)
A Tale of Samurai Cooking
-A True Love Story
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Runtime: 121 min
Release Date: December 14, 2013
Director: Yuzo Asahara

Cast:  Aya Ueto as Haru Funaki
           Kengo Kora as Yasunobu Funaki

Plot: Great cook Haru has married into the legendary “Kitchen Samurai” family, but her husband who is the successor of the family can’t cook at all. Haru makes a vow to make him a superb samurai chef, and starts teaching her new husband how to cook.

21 July 2017 | Friday | 6:45 PM
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Runtime: 91 min
Release Date: September 15, 2001
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi

Cast:  Satoshi Tsumabuki as Suzuki
           Hiroshi Tamaki as Sato
           Akifumi Miura as Ohta
Plot: Hilarious film about a synchronized swimming team in a boys’ school. The team consists of un-popular boys, mocked by everyone, until they decide to go ahead and put up a performance on their own.

22 July 2017 | Saturday | 4:00 PM
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Runtime: 90 min
Release Date: August 25, 1950
Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cast:  Toshiro Mifune as Tajomaru
           Machiko Kyo as  Masako Kanazawa
           Masayuki Mori as Takehiro Kanazawa

Plot: In 12th century Japan, a woman is raped and his samurai husband is killed by a notorious bandit, Tajomaru. This episode is testified in court by four witnesses, each from their own point of view. But whose version can be believed?

22 July 2017 | Saturday | 5:45 PM
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Runtime: 129 min
Release Date: July 11, 1987
Director: Yoshitaka Asama

Cast:  Yuko Tanaka as Hisako Oishi
           Misako Konno as Masuno
           Taro Kawano as Isokichi
           Naoko Nozawa as Sanae

Plot: Set between the late 1920s and the early 1950s, it portrays the story of a teacher who comes to a village on the Inland Sea and the relationship that develops between her and her 12 pupils, which is disrupted by the escalation of the war.

23 July 2017 | Sunday | 4:00 PM
Thermae Romae
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Runtime: 108 min
Release Date: April 28, 2012
Director: Hideki Takeuchi

Cast:  Hiroshi Abe  as Lucius
          Aya Ueto  as Mami Yamakoshi
          Masachika Ichimura  as Hadrian
          Hidetaka Yoshioka as Mitsuo Suwa

Plot: A comical movie where a Roman bath architect from 130 BC time-travels to modern Japan. He goes back and forth between ancient Rome and modern Japan, learning a lot about the bath culture of today’s Japan, and brings it back to ancient Rome.

23 July 2017 | Sunday | 6:00 PM
Nobody to Watch Over Me
Runtime: 118 min
Release Date: January 24, 2009
Director: Ryoichi Kimizuka

Cast:  Koichi Sato as Takumi Katsuura
           Mirai Shida as Saori Funamura
           Ryuhei Matsuda as Shogo Mishima

Plot:  A 15 year old school girl is put under police protection from public outrage and media frenzy after her brother is arrested on suspicions of murder. The vulnerability, isolation and even the resilience of the girl is portrayed when up against a volatile and often intolerant world.