Festivals & Events
As film festivals go, this is a relatively new one, but has become somewhat of a Fukuoka institution since it was started in 1991. The festival usually takes place over a two week period in September and each year features around fifty films from across the greater Asia region.
Most of the films are shown in the Canal City cinema which can be accessed by loop bus or a short walk from the nearest train station.
By walk, it is a 20 minute short walk from Tenjin and Hakata Stations.
By loop bus, it is going to be a short ride that departs every 5-10 minutes at the 100 yen loop bus stop from Hakata or Tenjin Station.
The Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival's main objectives are to promote Asia and Asian cultural exchange through motion pictures and to introduce the best Asian films to the world, while fostering new talent.
By any standards, the festival meets both its aims and it exhibits a high-calibre repertoire of films each year. The festival promotes interaction between creators and audiences and offers Q&A sessions with directors, actors and other key members of the film crew for many of the films it showcases.
The best film each year is awarded the Fukuoka Audience Award following a vote held by the festival's audiences. This award is presented to the director of the winning film.
Many films are only subtitled in Japanese, so check the festival's website before you visit to see which films are subtitled in your language.