The Japanese Film Festival is over for another year, with the 2015 fest touring seven cities around the country for the first time.
With 20 films, it's Ireland's biggest celebration of Asian cinema and offered up some true great this year including the riotous rap musical Tokyo Tribe and highly feted Forma.
Audiences flocked to the screenings in April and as is traditional, they all got to vote for the Audience Award. And the favoured film of audiences in 2015 was the delightful Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats!
And for the third time, the Dublin Film Critic's Circle also took part in the jury awards, picking their favourite live-action and anime works from the impressive list. Their top live action film was the moving Uzamasa Limelight and the best anime award went to the charming A Letter to Momo. In 2015, the jury was made up of Daniel Anderson (Clickonline. com), Tara Brady (Irish Times), Brogen Hayes (movies.ie) and Nicola Timmins (Average Film Reviews).
‘We are delighted at the continuing support and interest that Irish audiences have once again given to the JFF’, commented Maeve Cooke, Director of access>CINEMA, who co-organise the Festival with The Embassy of Japan. ’The appetite for Japanese film - whether its new live action features, anime or classics from the archives - is clearly present in Irish cinema goers, and we hope JFF meets that demand’.
Keep up with everything related to the Japanese Film Festival at their official site.