Camera Japan Newsletter 2017.04.03
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2017 Festival Dates
21-24 September Rotterdam

29 September-1 October Amsterdam
The cherry trees are blossoming, which means that the team is gearing up for the  twelfth edition of CAMERA JAPAN. We are already busy fine-tuning the theme and watching tons of Japanese films to screen in September, but you can catch one of our on tour screenings now.

This Friday, April 7, we will be screening A Little Girl's Dream from director TOKITA Yoshiaki at Shofukan in Rotterdam. The film is a beautiful documentary about Tomomi who falls in love with a group of calves when she's still a little girl. Years later, she works as a respected vet in Niigata Prefecture and many local farmers trust her deeply.

"A story about the importance of pursuing one's dreams and never giving up."

Chef Axel de Vries will be on hand to make vegan Japanese curry for hungry film-goers.
Film + curry + Japanese tea and dessert is only 15 EUR. Reservations for dinner can be made by sending an e-mail to
A Little Girl's Dream
Also this week, on Tuesday April 4 and Friday April 7, it is the turn of Ken and Kazu, the feature film debut from director SHOJI Hiroshi. Partners in crime, Ken and Kazu use an auto repair shop to sell drugs. When Ken's girlfriend Saki gets pregnant, he does his best to go straight, but Kazu makes a dangerous move...

"A refreshing and delightful take on the saturated yakuza genre."

Winner of Best Film in the Japan Cinema Splash Competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2015. The film will be shown in De Cacaofabriek in Helmond.
Ken and Kazu
Ken and Kazu
In other Japanese film news...
  • KINO Rotterdam is screening Tokyo Drifter (1966) by SUZUKI Seijun on Wednesday April 5.
  • The live action version of Ghost In The Shell was released last month, but KINO Rotterdam will show the original anime directed by OSHII Mamoru on Friday April 14.
  • The Imagine Film Festival will screen Happiness from director SABU on April 15 and April 20.
Become a Friend of the CAMERA JAPAN Festival
From small beginnings in 2006, CAMERA JAPAN has grown into the biggest Japanese cultural festival in the BeNeLux. Every year, we work hard to screen a broad and diverse cross-section of current Japanese cinema and to organize a substantial side programme with strong links to Japanese culture.

But, like so many other cultural organisations and institutions, CAMERA JAPAN has been hit by decreasing subsidies and rising costs. Thinking about new ways to finance the festival and to offer more value to you, the audience, we came up with the CAMERA JAPAN Kurabu ("kurabu" is the Japanese for club).

The CAMERA JAPAN Kurabu is not a one-off fundraising initiative like Kickstarter, but an opportunity for us to develop long-term relationships with fans of CAMERA JAPAN. You will play a key part in keeping the festival going and you will help us create what we like to think is a very special experience in the Netherlands. So, are you a Momo, an Ume, or a Sakura?

All the details are on our website.
This festival is part of the Rotterdam Festivals. For the complete list see
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