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Japanese film fest embraces passion

Update: September, 23/2014 - 09:25
Journey: A scene in the film One Million Yen Girl, one of eight entries to be screened at the Japan Film Festival 2014. — Photo courtesy of the Japan Foundation

HA NOI (VNS) — Japanese Film Festival 2014 will satisfy the passion of Japanese film fans in Viet Nam with eight movies under the common theme of Passion.

The event will take place on October 10-19 in Ha Noi, from October 31 to November 2 in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and on November 14-16 in Da Nang City.

Audience will enjoy various Japanese passions in these films, a passion that looks comical, a passion keeping their determination quietly or a passion to fight toward better future.

The festival's opener is Robo-G (directed by Shinobu Yaguchi in 2012) which was already screened in some cities in Viet Nam and got many laugh and a favourable reception. Comical scientists, their passion for science, and a strange robot who's actually a real old man will make audience burst out laughing.

In One Million Yen Girl, Suzuko Sato, 21, decides to leave her family to begin a journey and promises herself to stick with one rule: once she saves up a million yen, she must leave for another town. Whenever someone gets too close with her and a relationship seems to begin, it's time to leave, she packs her bags and departs for another destination.

Audience will enjoy the imposing beauty of Japanese mountains through scenes in Peak – The Rescuers, and also understand the work of mountain rescue volunteers as well as an unimaginable menace in the mountain snow.

Passion, the festival theme, is also expressed through other films; Tomorrow's Joe with boxers' spirit; In His Chart telling story of Dr Ichito Kurihara, a busy physician; Shodo Girls reporting a calligraphy competition; Feeling the Wind featuring enthusiastic young men with passion for marathon; and Bushido Sixteen, a story of kendo fighters.

All films will be screened with both English and Vietnamese sub-title. Free tickets can be collected at the Japan Foundation in Ha Noi from September 27. Audience in Vung Tau and Da Nang can contact Dien Bien and Le Do cinemas, respectively, for tickets.

This is one of the most anticipated annual events of the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Viet Nam. — VNS

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