The Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai, the Japan Foundation, and the Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) will be conducting a three-day “CHENNAI JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 in Chennai from 6 to 8 September 2018, at Tagore Film Centre, Music College Road, State Bank of India Colony, Raja Annamalaipuram, Chennai 600 028.   The event has been conducted annually since 2012. The films to be screened during the festival are (1) “His Master’s Voice”, (2) “Neko Samurai”, (3) “Oshin”.

Mr. Kojiro Uchiyama, Consul General of Japan in Chennai, will inaugurate the festival at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday September 6, 2018Mr.V.K. Jeyakodi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary/Commissioner of Land Administration, Government of Tamilnadu will be Chief Guest and Ms. Kutty Padmini, Cine Artiste will be the Guest of Honour and will light the lamp. Mr. Sivan Kannan, President, ICAF will preside over the function.

ENTRY FREE! ALL ARE WELCOME (Seats are available on first come, first served basis).


6 Sept 2018 Inauguration 6.30 PM
-do- His Master’s Voice 7.00 PM
7 Sept 2018 Neko Samurai 7.00 PM
8 Sept 2018 Oshin 6.00 PM

His Mater’s Voice | Dir: Hiroyuki Itaya| 2014 | 95 min

 The Film is set in Edo Period. Sadakichi returns home to take holidy from his work after being bullied at work.  In order to cheer up their little son, they ask their neighbor Taihei, a former Rakugo storyteller to give a performance for him.  Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei’s apprentice.  Sadakichi is being given a chance to perform Rakugo, but Taihei watches over Sadakichi trying head for a stage performance and he himself takes over again of storytelling.

Neko Samurai| Dir: Yamaguchi Yoshitaka |2014|85 min

 Kyutaro is a SAMURAI who was once feared and lost his position.  He runs out of money and lives along with his family.  He does not know how to earn money without using his sword.  One day he gets a job offer, which is to kill a cat.   Though Kyutaro finds it silly, he decides to do it for money.  When Kyutaro opens the door to target his assassin he sees a lovely white cat.

OSHIN/Dir : Shin TOGASHI/2013/109 min

In 1907, 7-year old Oshin is traded for 60 kilograms of rice and sent to work as a maid for lumber shop.  Her family presents a 50-sen coin to her as a farewell gift, which she keeps as a good-luck charm. A 50-sen coin goes missing from the shop’s cash register where Oshin is suspected. Although she is innocent she runs away into the mountains, where she dies almost in a blizzard, but AWOL soldier Shunsaku saves her life and decides to take Oshin to her home. But on the way Shunsaku is shot by the military police and dies.  Oshin joins with Kagayas, a rice wholeasaler and she befriends Kayo, her employer’s daughter and becomes important to Kagayas family.  On a New Year’s day Oshin goes to a shrine where she finds out Fuji…     The Film depicts about a woman’s patience and endurance helped her through a tough life of ups and downs and Oshin helps us to understand how to survive in difficult times.