Japanese Film Festival to screen 8 movies from tomorrow

KUCHING: The Japanese Film Festival 2013 is happening this month with eight movies to be screened at Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) CityOne Megamall tomorrow until next Monday.


The festival will see the world premiere of Ken & Mary, a movie directed by Kenta Fukasaku. It tells the story of a Japanese father who came to Malaysia to break his daughter’s engagement and got acquainted with a Chinese truck driver who speaks nonsensical Japanese. The movie also features Malaysia’s own Zizan Raja Lawak.


Another movie, Ogawa no Hotori, is a 2012 award winner about Sakunosuke, a skilled swordsman from Unasaka domain, who is ordered by the chief retainer to kill Sakuma, who is critical of the domain’s agricultural policy. However, Sakuma is Sakunosuke’s childhood friend, and husband of his sister Tazu.


The Chef of South Polar tells the story of an 8-man research team that arrived at Dome Fuji Station in Antarctica. The station is 1,000km away from the Antarctic coast. No animals and no virus can live there. Nishimura is the chef for the team who tries to make a delicious meal to make the members happy every day.


Yet another movie, The Kirishima Thing, is a school drama while Until the Break of Dawn is an intricate family drama.


There is also an animation titled Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror.


Other movies in the festival line-up are The Great Passage and Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea.


All movies are in Japanese with English subtitles.


Tickets for the festival will be sold at RM6 per ticket except for the film ‘Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea’ which will be priced at the prevailing ticket price.

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