The Samurai—and the stars—are heading to this year’s Toronto Japanese Film Festival.


The samurai, of the cinematic variety, are set to descend on Toronto this summer. They are joined by reluctant sake brewers, yakuza assassins, tea ceremony sages, deadly mahjong-playing robots, kimono-clad beauties, dashing hotel detectives and calculating masters of “corporate kabuki.”

My-Wife-Pretends-She's-DeadThe Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s eighth annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival will be held from June 6 to 27 and is featuring 28 films, visiting stars and directors, taiko drumming performances, a sake tasting, art exhibitions and, of course, lots of sushi. The festival has now grown into the largest film event of its kind in North America and is recognized by the Japanese film industry as a vital conduit for bringing Japanese film to the world. Many films come to the festival prior to their Japanese release.


official-image_Mikako_TabeOne of Japan’s most talented and in-demand actresses, Mikako Tabe, is making her first visit to Toronto to introduce her new film, Sadao Nakajima’s LOVE’S TWISTING PATH, a heady mix of romance and classic chambara jidaigeki (sword-fighting samurai dramas). The festival will also welcome director Toshiyuki Teruya with his award-winning BORN BONE BORN, as well as director Tatsushi Omori who visits with two films, WHEN MY MOM DIED, I WANTED TO EAT HER ASHES and the festival’s closing night screening, EVERY DAY A GOOD DAY, an artful examination of the tea ceremony and actress Kirin Kiki’s final film. More guests will be announced soon.


The opening night film is the North American premiere of Masayuki Suzuki’s mystery thriller, MASQUERADE HOTEL, starring Takuya Kimura and Masami Nagasawa. For a full list of all 28 films being screened, visit

Fly-Me-to-SaitamaTickets go on sale May 1 and five- and ten-film pass buyers will receive a gift from the festival’s founding sponsor, Shiseido Canada.


Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2019

June 6–27, 2019 | Japanese Canadian

Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Ct., Toronto

For tickets or more information:

Call 416-441-2345 or visit