PHOTO: © © June Ueno

And Yet, You Are So Sweet

In the organizer's words:

なの Nanoni, Chigira kun ga amasugiru、千輝くんが甘すぎる。

Director: SHINJÔ Takehiko
2023, 99 minutes, OmeU, DCP

Based on a manga series by Anan Kujira, this romantic comedy tells an extraordinary story of teenagers experiencing the trials and tribulations of first love.

Kisaragi Maaya is in her second year of high school and has just experienced a severe rejection in matters of love. Deeply saddened and humiliated, she vows never to get involved with anyone again, but at the same time realizes that the ever-popular Chigira is within her grasp! He hears Maaya crying and makes her a bizarre suggestion to heal the heartache. She is to pretend to be in love with him on two conditions: she must not really fall in love with him and no one must find out about their secret agreement. But will this agreement stand up to her real feelings?

Film Week
JFF - Japanese Film Festival

In recent years, the Japan Foundation Tokyo has launched several film festivals, which have been offered both as streaming programs and in the form of in-person screenings. Due to their great success, there will be a new edition this year: the JFF - Japanese Film Festival Special World Tour 2024 will present a selection of seven new Japanese films made in the past three years on screens in Germany, Mexico, Peru and Spain. In Germany, all films will be screened at the Japanese Cultural Institute Cologne, while a selection of individual titles will be shown in Hamburg (Kino Metropolis) and Berlin (Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum).

Yoshida Keisuke, who directed BLUE/Burû (BLUE) and Kûhaku (Intolerance), will come to Germany especially for the festival, be present at the screenings and hold discussions with the audience. A talk with Florian Höhr from Nippon Connection will take place in Cologne on March 8.

The films present the broad spectrum of current Japanese cinema, including moving dramas, a romantic comedy, mystery, suspense and horror. In Cologne, fans will get their money's worth almost every day, as the screenings will also take place outside the usual weekdays for the first time.

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Price information:

Admission free


Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln Universitätsstraße 98 50674 Köln

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