About the Toronto Japanese Film Festival



“The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is quickly becoming the most important window of Japanese cinema toward the world. The selection is impeccable with the dynamic of the true international film festival. My salute to all Canadians and congratulations! This is some place we, the Japanese film-makers, can look for the future of Japanese cinema.”Masato Harada (Director: Kakekomi, The Emperor in August, Chronicle of My Mother)


“We were surprised to find a Japanese film festival on this grand scale existed in the world. We had no idea. We are very thankful we had the opportunity to introduce our film at such an event. The reception we and our film received at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival is a great motivation for us as filmmakers.”Masayuki Suo and Tamiyo Kusakai (Director and Star: Lady Maiko, Shall We Dance)

Now in its seventh year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. Programming addresses popular genres such as historical (samurai) jidaigeki, contemporary dramas, comedies and action, literary adaptations, children’s, art-house and anime films. All films shown are North American, Canadian, or Toronto premieres.

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival’s mandate has been carefully aligned with that of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. In the 55 years since the opening of the JCCC, film has been an important tool in creating friendship, understanding, and exchange between the Japanese and broader Canadian communities. Ticket sales from the festival also help to drive our heritage programming which shares the important lessons of cultural acceptance and human rights, implicit in the Japanese Canadian experience with all Canadians.

The festival continues to attract large crowds representing a broad demographic and generates much positive reaction with exit surveys consistently indicating that audiences genuinely enjoy and feel challenged by the films. With lectures, receptions, gallery exhibitions, and performances that were part of the two-week festival, our visitors numbered in the tens of thousands.
For our festival, we have worked hard to find a wide range of films that represent the broad spectrum of great cinema created in Japan. We have an exciting line-up this year; we invite you to be a part of this stunning festival, and enjoy some of the best that Japanese film has to offer.




海外でこのような大規模な日本映画祭が開催されていることに驚きました。私たちの作品が上映されたことに心より感謝します。今回このトロント日本映画祭において、今回トロントに来て、とても良い反響があったので、また、やる気が起きてきました。周防正行監督(代表作品:レディ舞子、Shall We Dance)





About the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre


jccc_towerThe Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that aims to be a valuable resource celebrating the unique culture, history, and legacy of Japanese Canadians for the benefit of all Canadians.

The JCCC represents the fulfillment of a long-held vision to celebrate the spirit of Japanese heritage and culture and has served as a gathering point for the Japanese Canadian Community and all individuals who have an interest in things Japanese since 1964.

The JCCC is a vibrant community institution, showcasing the creative energy and dedication of many renowned Canadian, Japanese, and International practitioners who skillfully and enthusiastically share their talent and leadership with over 4,500 members and 200,000 visitors annually.


The Japanese Canadian community has existed in Canada for five generations but due to historical factors and immigration patterns, the total Japanese-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area has remained relatively small. While the majority of Canadians of Japanese origin are born in Canada, over the past 10 years, Canada has experienced a large influx of ethnic Japanese immigrants. The JCCC helps individuals connect to a larger community network and facilitates friendship with Canadians of all segments of society.  The JCCC serves members of the population province wide and almost half of the Centre’s members are of non-Japanese ancestry.

The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is truly a multi-cultural centre, hosting events for many other cultural groups who do not have facilities of their own; embodying its motto ‘Friendship through Culture’. Over 200,000 people visit the JCCC each year, attending  festivals, performances and other events. The JCCC is also home to the Discover Japan Educational Program which hosts 15,000 school children annually.

In the summer of 2009, Their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited the JCCC. His Majesty commented on how impressed he was by our facility and the activities that take place here. He asked us to work hard to continue this good work in fostering Japan-Canada relations. With the boundless energy of the community, its friends, volunteers and supporters, it is a promise we are confident we can keep.


The Kobayashi Hall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is a 6,500 square foot performance hall located on the main floor. The Hall is a truly multifunctional space and has been designed to accommodate music concerts, festivals and traditional community events, business conferences, weddings, banquets, martial arts tournaments,
theatrical performances and film festivals. With retractable stadium-style seating for over 450 and superb acoustics, the Kobayashi Hall is an ideal venue for any performance, attracting a wide variety of both domestic and international performers.