Japanese Film Festival 2016 celebrates fifth anniversary

Kenji Ohta and Koichi Horikawa at the Kuching opening ceremony of the Japanese Film Festival 2016.

Kenji Ohta and Koichi Horikawa at the Kuching opening ceremony of the Japanese Film Festival 2016.

The Japanese Film Festival celebrated its fifth anniversary in Sarawak here recently with an opening night presentation of ‘Flying Colors’, which tells the tale of a high school slacker with elementary school intelligence who decides to apply to one of Tokyo’s most prestigious universities.

Based on a true story that was made into a best-selling novel, the movie is among 13 featured titles of the festival that cut across a variety of genres.

“It is now 13 years to the day the festival first opened its doors to the public, and five years since we expanded the programme to include East Malaysia,” said Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur director Koichi Horikawa.

“More than just being entertainment, films provide a gateway to understanding foreign countries. I hope that by enjoying the line-up, residents of Kuching can gain deeper insight of what makes Japanese society tick.”

Mitsubishi Corporation Malaysia chief executive Kenji Ohta concurred, underscoring the importance of initiatives such as the Festival in strengthening bilateral ties.

“Mitsubishi Corporation has enjoyed a long relationship with Malaysia for more than half a century,” he remarked.

“We have many partnerships here in Sarawak as well, and my wish is that this Japanese Film Festival will continue to deepen the understanding of Japanese cultures and virtues within Malaysia,” he added.

Being held at GSC CityONE Megamall until Sept 25, the event promises old favourites and new discoveries for cinemagoers of all palates with its enticing slew of crowd-pleasing blockbusters, laugh-out-loud comedies, award winners and arthouse slow burners.

The Japanese Film Festival 2016 had previously travelled to the Klang Valley from Sept 8 to 14 before moving to Penang on Sept 15 to 18. It will next be held in Kota Kinabalu at GSC Suria Sabah from Sept 29 to Oct 2.

All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

For more information, visit www.jfkl.org.my or www.gsc.com.my.

 

Kenji Ohta delivers the opening speech.

Kenji Ohta delivers the opening speech.

Middle three: Kenji Ohta (Chief Executive in Malaysia, General Manager of Kuala Lumpur branch, Mitsubishi Corporation), Tan Gaik Lian (Manager, Film Festivals and International Screens, Golden Screen Cinemas) and  Koichi Horikawa (Director, The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur) with staff of Mitsubishi Corporation.

Middle three: Kenji Ohta (Chief Executive in Malaysia, General Manager of Kuala Lumpur branch, Mitsubishi Corporation), Tan Gaik Lian (Manager, Film Festivals and International Screens, Golden Screen Cinemas) and Koichi Horikawa (Director, The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur) with staff of Mitsubishi Corporation.

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