Saturday, AUGUST 18TH

11:00 AM - blank 13

1:00 PM - Oh Lucy! (short) & Short Film Collections

3:20 PM - Scythian Lamb 羊の木

5:50 PM - One Cut of the Dead カメラを止めるな!

Orange County

Newport Beach Higashi Honganji

Saturday, AUGUST 18TH & 19TH




From the production team behind the Oscar® winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock & roll story about X Japan, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never heard of...yet.


Oh Lucy!

OH LUCY! follows Setsuko, a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo.



Upon encountering a prostitute in an elevator, a Japanese psychologist living in the United States begins examining and questioning her in his head.  



Lost in ramen

After a series of tragic events, three individuals find their lives intertwined through the magical comfort of a warm bowl of ramen.


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 Koji's father is missing. It takes thirteen years for the man to be found, but he is ridden with cancer and does not have long.

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Forgive - Don't Forget

When Japan surrendered to the U.S. at the end of World War II, numerous Japanese swords were confiscated and taken back to the States. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, an American filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner.

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One Cut of the DEad

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.


The scythian lamb

A sleepy seaside town is stirred by the arrival of six mysterious strangers who acclimate to local life in distinct roles: a malevolent boatman, a sexy caregiver, a frightening launderer, a timid barber, a methodical cleaning woman, and a simple-minded deliveryman. Oblivious to their origins, city official Tsukisue supports their assimilation until the discovery of a dead body forces him to unravel their secrets.


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What is JFFLA?

The Japan Film Festival – Los Angeles originally started out in 2003. We are dedicated to strengthening the general understanding of Japanese culture by providing American and Japanese audiences in Los Angeles cutting-edge, original films depicting authentic representations of contemporary Japan.