SJ50 Film Festival (22 Oct 2016)


SJ50 Film Festival
is a non-profit project to celebrate Singapore and Japan’s 50 years of diplomatic relations by showcasing short films from both Singapore and Japan. This is to promote better understanding of both countries, and to encourage Singaporean and Japanese young film makers to have more exchanges through networking, learning, and collaboration. SJ50FF screenings will be held in both Singapore and Tokyo.

SJ50 Film Festival is supported by Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Tokyo and Kyoto Prefecture, in recognition as a project to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations ​

Dates: 22 (Sat) October 2016

Time: 7pm to 930pm

Venue: Asian Civilisation Museum, Auditorium


  • Free: Screening + Talk (Refundable $5 for online reservation)
*Must register at the venue by 6:45pm to be refunded online.

  • Individual sponsorship $100: Reception + Screening + Talk
*Reception starts at 530pm, venue to be announced by email.
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- Short films from Japan and Singapore - Includes drama, documentary, animation, experimental etc, from award-winning directors

The Violin
-Animation (PG)

Director: Ervin Han
Length: 16min 34s
Language: -
Subtitle: -
Completed date: 2015

Circa late 1930s, Boat Quay, Singapore. A young boy receives an old violin as a gift out of kindness from a foreign trader. It becomes a treasured possession as he teaches himself to play the instrument over several years, until it was lost during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. After the war, the violin was found by a man working for the British Military Administration and given to his young daughter. The girl learns to play it and becomes a renowned violinist over the decades. She eventually passes the instrument on to her grandson, an accomplished violinist himself, who restores it and performs in a concert by the Singapore River, where the violin started its unexpected journey nearly 80 years ago. Over the 16-minute film, the violin graces different stages of Singapore - both figuratively and literally – as we see a young country's landscape change from the bustling 1930s to the dark days of the Japanese Occupation, followed by the sweeping political changes in the 60s that led to its independence and finally, present day.

Oh Lucy!
-Drama (PG)

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Length: 21min 48s
Countries: Japan, Singapore, USA
Language: Japanese
Subtitle: English
Completed date: 2014
Film School: New York University Tisch Asia School of the Arts

Setsuko, a 55-year-old single 'office lady' in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, “Lucy,” by her young unconventional English instructor. “Lucy” awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had. When the instructor suddenly disappears, Setsuko must come to terms with what remains – herself.

Hentak Kaki (NC16)

Director: James Khoo
Country: Singapore
Length: 12mins 10s
Language: Singlish
Subtitle: English
Completed date: 2011
School: LASALLE College of the Arts

2nd Warrant Officer Teck Hong has served his entire life in the army. Now 38, he finds himself needing to make a pivotal decision, should he continue serving in the army or leave and face the harsh reality of life outside. He knows that if he continues serving, his past injuries limits his roles in the army to administrative positions, something he loathes. However, upon meeting a certain detainee at the Detention Barracks in the army, his life takes a turn.

A Man
-Drama (PG)

Director: Tomoichiro Satsuma
Country: Japan
Length: 5min 51secs
Language: Japanese
Subtitle: English
Completed date: 2014

I think “make the future” is same as “seize the day” because I interpret Co-Create the Future, the theme of ADFEST2014 Fabulous Four, as “make the future together”. We “seize the day”, then ”now” is going to become “ the future”, and gradually “the past”. even if we face the future or look back over the past, we always “seize the day”. “A Man” is made by us containing this massage.

Afterlife Architects

Director: Elyss Tai
Country: Singapore
Length: 9mins 30s
Language: Hokkien, Mandarin
Subtitle: English, Japanese
Completed date: 2014
School: School of Film and Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Making paper offerings for funeral rites are time-consuming, and the family behind Associated Handicrafts has been in this trade for over 30 years. What goes into making such structures? How will such an esoteric occupation weather the future? Join the Toh brothers as they take you through a colourful process and hear their thoughts of the future.

Born With it
- Drama (PG)

Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr
Country: Japan
Length: 17min 0s
Language: Japanese
Subtitle: English
Completion: 2014

Living in Tokyo, Keisuke Fujii, a half Japanese half Ghanaian boy, never really considered the color of his skin; but when he and his mother move to rural Japan, the other kids assume that since he is of African descent he must have AIDS. Unsure of how to address these prejudices, Keisuke sets out to find answers and confront the cruel rumours once and for all.

Come Home
-Drama (PG)

Director: Tan Fen Yi Sabrina
Country: Singapore
Length: 9mins 56s
Language: Hokkien (Dialect), Mandarin and English
Subtitle: English, Japanese
Completed date: 2015

The Chinese believes that on the 7th day, the spirit of the dead will return home to visit their families for the last time. A young boy who is very close to his grandfather, decides to help him return home on the 7th day after his death.

- Experimental (PG)

Director: Isamu Hirabayashi
Country: Japan
Length: 4min 7sec
Language: -
Subtitle: -
Completed date: 2011

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For more detail please visit our webpage: SJ50 Film Festival
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SJ50 Film Festival (Gallery Session 1, 21 Oct 2016, Friday)

SJ50 Film Festival (Gallery Session 2, 21 Oct 2016, Friday)

SJ50 Film Festival (Gallery Session 3, 21 Oct 2016, Friday)

SJ50 Film Festival (22 Oct 2016)

SJ50 Film Festival (28 Oct 2016, Fri) River Room session 1

SJ50 Film Festival (28 Oct 2016, Fri) River Room session 2

SJ50 Film Festival (28 Oct 2016, Fri) River Room session 3

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Asian Civilisation Museum
Individual Sponsorship: Reception + Screening + Talk SOLD OUT $100.00
Advance registration: Screening + Talk ($5 refundable) SOLD OUT $5.00
Venue Address
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555 Singapore
The ACM is a 5-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT station (Exit H). Drivers can reach the ACM via a road behind Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, off Fullerton Road near Anderson Bridge.
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