Toronto Japanese Film Festival Celebrates UNESCO's Addition of Japanese Cuisine to Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Toronto Japanese Film Festival Announces 2014 Line-up

TORONTO, March 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's 3rd annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival opens with the Canadian premiere of Yuzo Asahara's A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING in celebration of UNESCO's addition of Japanese cuisine to their Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Fittingly, the opening reception will be catered by one of Canada's finest - and priciest - restaurants, Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto. The delicious romantic comedy-drama takes a light-hearted look at the world of samurai chefs and stars the popular Aya Ueto and Kengo Kora.

The Toronto Japanese Film festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy.

The 2014 festival will be held from June 12 to 27 and will feature 18 films including many North American and Canadian premieres. Some highlights include:

- The North American premiere of Yoshihiro Nakamura's thriller THE SNOW WHITE MURDER CASE, one of the most anticipated movies of 2014, starring Mao Inoue and Go Ayano. Director Nakamura will be in attendance.

- The North American premiere of Takashi Yamazaki's kamikaze drama, THE ETERNAL ZERO, still in Japanese theatres and one of the 10 most popular films in Japanese cinema history! Starring Jun'ichi Okada and Mao Inoue

- The Canadian premiere of the latest from Takashi Miike:THE MOLE SONG: UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI -  a surreal, comical adaptation of the popular Yakuza manga

- The Canadian premiere of Shin Togashi's OSHIN, the new film version of the beloved NHK drama

- The North America premiere of Yasuo Furuhata's SHONEN H based on the huge best seller and nominated for the Japanese Academy award for Best Film of the Year

- The Canadian premiere of Yoji Yamada's THE LITTLE HOUSE, winner of the Berlin Silver Bear for best performance by actress Haru Kuroki

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Image with caption: "The third annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival opens with the Canadian premiere of A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING and a reception featuring traditional delicacies of the era. The 18-film festival brings a range of the newest Japanese cinema offerings including, anime, comedy, historical drama, crime thrillers and art-house fare. (CNW Group/Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

For further information:

James Heron, Director of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and Toronto Japanese Film Festival at 416-441-2345 x 224 or

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