The films which were scheduled to be screened on Sunday (20 March)will screened
instead on Thursday (24 March) at the same times

4:30 pm “Rent-a-Cat”       7:00 pm “A Story of Yonosuke”


19(Sat) – 22(Tue) March , 2016

@Artistic Creativity Centre (Cairo Opera House Grounds)

This year we will show five of the most recent Japanese movies.

All Films with Arabic Subtitles (English Subtitles are available except “Robo-G”)

Admission Free

Screening Schedule: 160221_New J-Movie_2016

Following the State of Mourning declared by Minister of Culture for one day only due to the accident of Arish, it was stopped the event at both of the Cairo Opera House and the Artistic Creativity Center on Sunday March 20 2016. So we postponed screening on Sun. 20th March 2016.
We will resume “the Japanese Film Week 2016”’s program from Monday 21st March 2016 as scheduled in advance.


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2012/ 111 min
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Mickey Curtis (Igarashi Shinjiro) as Shigemitsu Suzuki
Yuriko Yoshitaka as Yoko Sasaki
Gaku Hamada as Hiroki Kobayashi
Chan Kawai as Koji Oota
Junya Kawashima as Shinya Nagai
Tomoko Tabata as Yayoi Itami

Three staff members of an electric appliances company are working on a robot to enter into an important competition. A week before the deadline a big accident happens to the robot and they cannot repair it on time. Because of the company director’s pressure they decide to hire an actor to hide inside the robot so as to trick the audience and judges. They end up hiring an old man called Suzuki.
Shinobu Yaguchi is also the director of the film “Wood Job!” which are screening this Week. He has directed many comedies of the years which also express humanistic values including “Swing girls” for which he won Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best Director from the Japanese Awards 2005 and the film “Waterboys” for which he received nominations in Best Screenplay and Best Director categories from the Japanese Awards 2001.
It is worth mentioning that these two films were screened in Egypt in previous years where they were met with positive reactions.

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2014/ 116 min.
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Cast: Shota Sumitani as Yuki
Masami Nagasawa as Naoki
Hideaki Ito as Yoki

A comedy about Yuki who failed his university-entrance exams and has just been dumped by his girlfriend. Looking at pamphlets outlining other options he might follow, he is captivated by a girl pictured in one of them and signs up for a year as a ‘green’ trainee, learning the basics of forestry. A month of basic training later, he ends up in Kamusari, a village deep in the wooded mountains of rural Japan where it is very different than he expected since the village is too isolated to have cell phone reception, there are none of the usual shops and it is infested with vipers. His instructor is a tough and the work is hard and dangerous, and Yuki is desperately looking for a way to escape when he realizes that the girl in the picture, Naoki, is living right there in the village with him.
Yuki starts to gradually discover himself and his place in life as he faces different challenges.

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2013/ 120 min.
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Masaharu Fukuyama as Ryota Nonomiya
Machiko Ono as Midori Nonomiya
Yoko Maki as Yukari Saiki
Lily Franky as Yudai Saiki

Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life and living as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son – the hospital gave them the wrong baby.
Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between “nature” and “nurture”. In the meanwhile, seeing Midori’s devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family who raised his blood son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a “father” all these years…
The moving story of a man who finally faces himself when he encounters an unexpected wall for the first time in his life.

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/ 110 min.
Director: Naoko Ogigami
Mikako Ichikawa as Sayoko
Reiko Kusamura as Yoshioka
Ken Mitsuishi as Yoshida
Maho Yamada as Yoshikawa

Sayoko rents out cats to lonely people to help them fill their empty lives. But she does not rent out her cats to just anyone. She does screenings to determine whether they have the conditions required for renting out a cat. Even though she helps people, Sayoko herself suffers from loneliness. However, she does meet many people through this hobby of hers…so can they help her get rid of her loneliness?

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2012/ 160 min
Director: Shuichi Okita
Kengo Kora as Yonosuke
Yuriko Yoshitaka as Shoko Yosano
Sosuke Ikematsu as Ippei Kuramochi
Ayumi Ito as Chiharu Katase

Yonosuke is a good-natured and simple young man from the countryside who goes to Tokyo to attend university. He starts forming friendships with people from different social levels and begins adjusting to his new world. The film explores the coming-of-age of Yonosuke and his friends and his effect on them even many years after their graduations.
The film is based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida.
The main actor “Kengo Kora” is one of the most prominent young actors in Japan. Some of his most famous films are “Norwegian Wood” (based on Haruki Murakami’s novel of the same name) and “Snakes and Earrings” who also stars in A Story of Yonosuke