Films + Tickets 2018 – By Genre

***JFFSF18 has been ended. Thank you for coming!***

See By Genre | By Date

【 Guest Appearances 】

Sept.29 Sat @ 12:00 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2017 | 149 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Masato Harada
★ Special appearance of Director Masato Harada!

A film adaptation of Ryotaro Shiba’s best-selling novel which depicts a new interpretation of The Battle of Sekigahara, the greatest conflict… Read More


Magic Kimono
Sept.30 Sun @ 1:40 PM 【North American Premiere】

2017 | 99 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Maris Martinsons
★ Special appearance of Actor Kaori Momoi!

Co-produced in Japan and the Republic of Latvia, the unusual reunion between a woman who has withdrawn into herself and her husband is depicted… Read More


Our House
Oct.6 Sat @ 1:45 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2017 | 80 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Yui Kiyohara
★ Special appearance of Director Yui Kiyohara!

Director Yui Kiyohara makes a memorable debut with this poetic, slow-moving chiller about an otherworldly collision of parallel lives – a girl who has lost… Read More


【 Music 】

namie amuro Final Tour 2018 – Finally –
at Tokyo Dome (Final Performance)

Sept.29 Sat @ 7:00 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2018 | 163 min | Japanese language only

J-POP living legend, Namie Amuro’s final live tour “Finally” will be revealed on the big screen exclusively at JFFSF! Since she shocked the world… Read More


Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA
Oct.4 Thurs @ 7:15 PM 

2017 | 102 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Stephen Nomura Schible

One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades. From techno-pop stardom… Read More



Entertainment Nippon 2018 PERFUME
Oct.6 Sat @ 4:15 PM 
2018 | 49 min | English Subtitles | Presented by NHK WORLD-Japan

FREE ADMISSION! Take an up-close and personal behind-the-scenes look at Japan’s leading electro-pop trio Perfume’s live concert, “Reframe”… Read More


【 Animation 】

Liz and the Blue Bird
Sept.28 Fri @ 7:15 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2018 | 90 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Naoko Yamada

Liz and the Blue Bird is the latest film by director Naoko Yamada from Kyoto Animation, with the main staff of her critically-acclaimed film A Silent VoiceRead More


The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
Oct.1 Mon @ 7:15 PM 

2017 | 93 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Masaaki Yuasa

Award-winning anime director Masaaki Yuasa paints the most mesmerizing romantic comedy adapting Tomihiko Morimi’s novel of the same name… Read More


A Silent Voice: The Movie
Oct.3 Wed @ 7:15 PM 

2016 | 129 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Naoko Yamada

The animated adaptation of Yoshitoki Oima’s multi-awardwinning comic about the association between a hearing-impaired girl and the toughest boy… Read More



DigiCon6 ASIA Awards:
The Wonders of Animation Shorts

Oct.5 Fri @ 7:15 PM 

83 min | English Subtitles

JFFSF and DigiCon6 collaborate to showcase 11 award-winning animation shorts to share the wonders of imagination colorfully expressed in a variety of forms… Read More


Flavors of Youth
Oct.7 Sun @ 2:45PM

2018 | 74 min | with English Subtitles | Directors: Xiaoxing Yi, Yoshitaka Takeuchi, Haoling Li

From CoMix Wave Films, the creative visionaries behind the international phenomenon Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, comes Netflix’s new anime feature film… Read More


【 Documentary 】


A Tale of Love and Honor: Life in Gion
Sept.29 Sat @ 3:30 PM 【FREE ADMISSION!】

2017 | 49 min | English Subtitles | Presented by NHK WORLD-Japan

FREE ADMISSION! Within Japan, there’s a place that seems to transport visitors to another world: Gion, in Kyoto. When night falls in this historic district… Read More


Ramen Heads
Oct.2 Tue @ 7:15 PM 

2017 | 93min | English Subtitles | Directed by Koki Shigeno

This documentary gives an intimate look at enthusiastic fans of ramen and the chefs who make it. Over a 15-month-long shoot, Chukasoba Tomita… Read More



THM: Illustration of an Icon
Oct.7 Sun @ 1:45 PM 【North American Premiere】

2018 | 35 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Brad Kremer & Christopher Frey
Presented by Cross Media International

FREE ADMISSION! THM: Illustration of an Icon follows Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi as he strives to bring his fresh and vividly futuristic artwork… Read More


【 Featured Films 】


Cinema Kabuki: The Tale of Bunshichi
-Ninjobanashi Bunshichi Mottoi-

Sept.29 Sat @ 4:50 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2008 | 87 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Yoji Yamada

Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII, Japan’s Kabuki legend known for breaking from tradition to bring the stylized art form to younger generations and audiences overseas… Read More


Blank 13
Sept.30 Sun @ 12:00 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2017 | 70 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Takumi Saito

Blank 13 is actor Takumi Saito’s feature-film directorial debut and has won multiple awards including the Best Director in the Asian New Talent Awards at… Read More


Before We Vanish
Sept.30 Sun @ 4:30 PM 

2017 | 129 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

J-horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa brings the Japanese popular theatrical play “Before We Vanish” to life in this feature film adaptation. Narumi (Masami Nagasawa)… Read More



The Dazzling life of Hokusai’s Daughter

Oct.6 Sat @ 12:00 PM 【North American Premiere】

2017 | 73 min | English Subtitles | Presented by NHK WORLD-Japan

FREE ADMISSION! LIFE Magazine calls Japan’s Edo era master painter Katsushika Hokusai one of 100 people who left the most important achievements of… Read More


One Cut of the Dead
Oct.6 Sat @ 5:45 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2017 | 96 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Shinichiro Ueda

Director Shinichiro Ueda’s marvelously inventive indie flick has been lighting the box office on fire in Japan. The film opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse… Read More


Tokyo Short Shorts 2018
Oct.7 Sun @ 12:00 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

Our popular collaboration with Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia came is back to exclusively premiere… Read More
SHAKESPEARE IN TOKYO (Genevieve Clay-Smith)
Our Man in Tokyo (Akira Boch)
Michi’s Suburban Commute (Tsugihisa Tanaka)
TOKYO COMET (Hiroki Horanai)


Dear Etranger
Oct.7 Sun @ 4:30 PM 【San Francisco Premiere】

2017 | 127 min | English Subtitles | Directed by Yukiko Mishima

Directed by up-and-coming female director Yukiko Mishima, the film has won the 2017 Montreal World Film Festival, World Competition, Special Grand Prix… Read More


★ Hours of Box Office* at NEW PEOPLE during film festival (9/28-10/7)
Weekdays 9/28, 10/1-10/5 (6:00pm-8:00pm)
Weekends 9/29-30 & 10/6-7 (11:am-8:00pm)

*Will Call counter and box office will be located at the NEW PEOPLE entrance on the 1st floor.