Chicago Japan Film Collective 2021 [May 25-May 31]

Our new partner, Chicago Japan Film Collective (CJFC), will be held online on May 25 – May 31 this year. CJFC is the first Japanese film festival in the Midwest and will present 7 narratives and 2 documentaries in its debut year.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – Monday, May 31, 2021, 23:59 (Central Time, USA) + Virtual screening U.S. nationwide
+ Watchsite Registration Fee: May 5th, 2021 on sale
● EARLY BIRD: US$13 for all access, US$8 for one film (May 5th – 16th)
● REGULAR: US$15 for all access, US$10 for one film (May 17th – 31st)
*Student discount codes and promotional discount code are available: Please contact contact[at]
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[2021 LINEUP]
1. All About Chiaki Mayumura (provisional) by MATSUURA Hajime
Feature | Drama, Music, Idol | Japan | 2019 | 72 min. | International Premiere
Who is Chiaki Mayumura? An artist? An entrepreneur? Are her clones playing a big role in the world? A genre-less idol indie that captures every bit of her charm.”
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2. Alone Again in Fukushima by NAKAMURA Mayu
Documentary |East Japan Great Earthquake | Japan | 2020 | 95 min. | North American Premiere
A sequel to Alone in Fukushima (2015), in which Naoto continues to live with the animals left behind in Tomioka, a town evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.”
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3. BOLT by HAYASHI Kaizo
Feature |Drama, Omnibus, East Japan Great Earthquake | Japan | 2019 | 80 min. | North American Premiere
Based on a true story that director HAYASHI Kaizo heard for Great East Japan Earthquake, this human drama depicts men risking their lives with overwhelming visual beauty. Starring NAGASE Masatoshi, an ally of director Hayashi.
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4. Dynamite Graffiti by TOMINAGA Masanori
Feature | Drama |Japan | 2019 | 138 min. | R15+ | Midwest Premiere
A film adaptation of an autobiographical essay by SUEI Akira, the charismatic magazine editor who led the Showa era subculture. Starring EMOTO Tasuku, MAEDA Atsuko. R15+. Official website:

5. House of Seasons by SAKAMOTO Yoshihiro
Feature | Drama, Family | Japan | 2020 | 105min | International Premiere
The story of a high school girl who shuts-in and almost dropped out from school regains herself at the youth support facility called “House of Seasons” through encounters and living with kind people there.
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6. The Manga Master by OKI Moe
Feature |Drama, Biography | Japan | 2019 | 118 min. | North American Premiere
This biographical film, which was also screened at the British Museum, depicts the life of KITAZAWA Rakuten, the pioneer of modern manga in Japan.
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7. Prison Circle by SAKAGAMI Kaori
Documentary | Social Commentary | Japan | 2019 | 120min.
It took six years to obtain permission to cover the story, and two years to film it. This is the first time a camera has been inside of a prison in Japan, and it is a social and human documentary that looks at the lives and true faces of the inmates.
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Thriller | Japan | 2019 | 88 min. | U.S. Premiere
A cyber-thriller about a woman who gives up her dream of becoming an actress and returns to the Korean town of Osaka, only to suffer a psychotic break when her one-night stand is exposed on the Internet.
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9. Yan by IMAMURA Keisuke
Drama | Japan | 2019 | 86 min. | North American Premiere
The first feature film by top young cinematographer, IMAMURA Keisuke. In this family drama, Yan visits his Brother in 20 years to see why his mother abandoned him. Official website:

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