By ART TIBALDO
BAGUIO CITY — The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in cooperation with The Japan Foundation, Manila, the Embassy of Japan and the Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL) will stage the much-anticipated Japanese Film Festival here.
This is in celebration of the Philippines–Japan Friendship Month in July and the 40th Year of ASEAN – Japan Friendship and Cooperation anchored on the theme “ASEAN-Japan Partnership: Thoughts Connected- Future Connected”, a series of culturally-inspiring and artistically-stimulating activities films are set in place.
The festival aims to promote the Japanese language and culture in the country and will be screened at the FDCP Cinematheque in Casa Vallejo, at the top of Session road, for two weeks starting July 27 to August 7. In an effort to spread the Japanese culture further, the films will be shown a total of two days each on July and August in five selected major universities such as: the Baguio State University (BSU), Saint Louis University (SLU), University of Baguio (UB), University of Cordilleras (UC), and University of the Philippines-Baguio (UP-Baguio).
This year’s festival will feature a total of eight titles. Always – Sunset on Third Street – 3 (2012) is a lone feature film of the drama genre which follows the interweaving stories of the residents of Third Street during the Olympics in Japan.
Four animated films are included, beginning with Brave Story, (2006) a film based on a fantasy masterpiece by best-selling author, Miyabe Miyuki, wherein a primary school pupil becomes a trainee hero in the world of Vision and searches for a hidden treasure that has the power to change fate. Planzet (2010) is a story about aliens who have ravaged the earth, and the vengeance that drives humans.
NITABOH – Tsugaru Shamisen (2004) is about a blind boy who inherits the shamisen instrument, and increases with skill. The final animated film is actually a collection of classic Japanese anime, running a total of five hours (326 minutes).
Also included are three documentaries. Light Up Nippon (2012) is a fireworks display project that launched fireworks at 10 disaster-stricken areas simultaneously following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Also being screened are Japan Video Topics – Vol. 1 to Vol. 6, a series of subjects being discussed through documentaries, and 40th Year of ASEAN-JAPAN Friendship & Coop., a short documentary on the longstanding partnership between Japan and the ASEAN population. # nordis.net