2014 Japan Film Festival Continues Through Sunday

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Japanese screen legend Tatsuya Nakadai leads a toast to open the 2014 Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, during a reception held Friday in Gardena. The actor, whose career of more than 60 years includes roles in classics such as Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" and "Yojimbo," is taking part in panels and discussions as part of the festival, which continues through Sunday. (Photo by MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS/Rafu Shimpo)

Japanese screen legend Tatsuya Nakadai leads a toast to open the 2014 Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, during a reception held Friday in Gardena. The actor, whose career of more than 60 years includes roles in classics such as Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran” and “Yojimbo,” is taking part in panels and discussions as part of the festival, which continues through Sunday. (Photo by MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS/Rafu Shimpo)

The Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2014 is celebrating its 10th year and continues through May 18 at several Southern California cinemas.

This year’s JFFLA includes some 20 films, including submissions from local filmmakers.

A highlight of this year’s festival is the participation of veteran Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai, known for roles in film such as “Yojimbo” and “Ran” from legendary director Akira Kurosawa.

This festival was originally based on the theme of “Chanoma” – a family gathering place in the living room and showcased heart-warming films that portray the everyday life of a Japanese family.

All films have added English subtitles where necessary. For schedules or more information, visit www.jffla.org.

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