The Japanese Film Festival is back this October

Usually the Japanese Film Festival is a spring affair, offering new and classic cinema from one of the great homes of international film every April. Things haven’t been ‘usual’ for a while of course and this year’s JFF was delayed, but as cinemas start to reopen more, the 2021 Japanese Film Festival is ready to go ahead, a cultural cinematic celebration taking place across Ireland. This October 14- 21st, you can see great Japanese films on the big screen, not just in the fair city of film but in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

16 films will be available at cinemas throughout Ireland this month, with some big name classics on offer alongside new releases. Bonkers horror Hausu , anime event horizon End of Evangelion are seasonally appropriate scary cinema. One of the all time great films about food, Juzo Itami’s 1985 film Tampopo will make your heart soar and your stomach yearn for ramen also.

The Light House and Pálás cinemas will be joined by the Gate in Cork and Belltable in Limerick, as well as the Garter Lane and Triskel Arts Centres in Waterford and Cork respectively as venues for this year’s Japanese Film Festival. In addition to the classics, some exciting new releases will be available also. Tickets are on sale now for the films of JFF across the various venues.

Irish premieres of two anticipated 2021 releases from the East are also found in the JFF programme.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, a hit on the festival circuit, will be available, as well as the off-kilter Office Royale, an intense and over the top look at office cliques.

For Dublin film fans, we’ve included a full list of dates and times for the films screening at the Light House Cinema this October below. More details on all the films screening at JFF 2021 are available now from their website.

book paper scissors

Nanako Hirose, 2020

17 October 2021 | 1:00pm


Company Retreat

Atsushi Funahashi, 2021

17 October 2021 | 3:00pm



Kei Chikaura, 2018

19 October 2021 | 6:00pm


Dance With Me

Shinobu Yaguchi, 2019

18 October 2021 | 6:00pm


Drive My Car

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021

16 October 2021 | 7:00pm



Hideaki Anno, 1997

16 October 2021 | 3:00pm


Every Day A Good Day

Tatsushi Omori, 2018

21 October 2021 | 6:00pm

Fly Me To Saitama

Hideki Takeuchi, 2019

15 October 2021 | 6:30pm



Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977

16 October 2021 | 10:30pm

It’s A Summer Film

Soushi Matsumoto, 2021

17 October 2021 | 8:30pm


Seiji Tanaka, 2018

20 October 2021 | 6:00pm


Office Royale

Seki Kazuaki , 2021

14 October 2021 | 6.30pm


On-Gaku: Our Sound

Kenji Iwaisawa, 2019

15 October 2021 | 9:00pm



Juzo Itami, 1985

17 October 2021 | 6:00pm



Hideaki Anno, 1997


16 October 2021 | 5:00pm

About Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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