The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc. have partnered up once again to co-present a special 2022 Winter Film Fest! Four 72-hour virtual weekend screenings will be held throughout December 2021 to January 2022. We have selected some amazing films from some of the latest and greatest talents in Japanese cinema. You can also read more about last year's New Year J-Film Fest here.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!


Since 2006, the JICC has been organizing free Japanese film screenings in the DMV area. We are so proud to offer a diverse monthly film program and a fun way to engage with Japanese arts & culture! From award-winning classics to exciting new works from rising auteurs, please check out the many other titles from both of our J-Film and Animezing! series in our Event Archive.

  • DATE
  • DEC 3-6 2021
  • Wife of a Spy

  • Period Drama,
    Romance, Thriller
  • Master filmmaker Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) won the Silver Lion (Best Director) at the Venice Film Festival for this riveting, gorgeously crafted, old-school Hitchockian thriller shot in stunning 8K.

    The year is 1940 in Kobe, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi, Kill Bill) senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction. Following a trip to Manchuria, he becomes determined to bring to light the things he witnessed there, and secretly filmed.

  • DEC 17-20 2021
  • Hold Me Back

  • Drama, Romance
  • Romance about the clumsy love life of a thirty-something woman who thoroughly enjoys being single by Director Ohku Akiko (Tremble All You Want, My Sweet Grappa Remedies).

    Thirty-one year old Mitsuko (Non) loves her single life, but has a hangup. It's her inner voice named "A." One day, Mitsuko falls for Tada (Hayashi Kento), a younger guy who works in sales. Mitsuko decides to take action, all the while baffled by her inability to be bold and reckless like she was in her twenties.

  • JAN 21-24 2022
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

  • Anthology,
    Drama, Romance
  • An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past.

    Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, acclaimed director Hamaguchi Ryūsuke (Happy Hour, Asako I & II, Drive My Car) returns with an enchanting triptych that spins mundane encounters into a world of infinite possibilities.

  • JAN 28-31 2022
  • Café Funiculi Funicula

  • Fantasy,
  • Based on stories from the bestselling tearjerker novel series by playwright and author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

    Urban legend has it that you can return to your chosen point in the past at Funiculi Funicula, the coffee shop where Tokita Kazu (Arimura Kasumi) works. But, several rules must be obeyed in order to travel back to the past...


  • Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C.