Japanese Joy

Japanese Joy

19 Jun – It's a bumper season for Japanese film at the cinemas, with a total of nine Japanese movies making the screens starting today.

Eight of them feature as part of the Japanese Film Festival's lineup, with Oscar-winning drama "Departures" headlining. The movie was played at the festival's launch recently to a full house of ambassadors, industry bigwigs, celebrities and filmmakers alike, including Malaysia's Yasmin Ahmad, who is understood to have seen the 2009 Best Foreign Picture a total of six times. Yasmin, an obvious fan of the movie, uploaded the trailer on her blog early in March and lauded it as "an achingly beautiful film... must do everything you can to watch it as soon as possible."

"Departures" will open at GSC International Screens under general release after its run in the festival.

(L-R) Chris Chong (Malaysian filmmaker), Ms Koh Mei Lee (GSC CEO), H.E. Mr Horie Masahiko (Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia) and Mrs Horie Masahiko, Nicholas Ong (MyFM DJ)
Last year's edition of the festival moved the audience to tears when "Tokyo Tower: Mom & Me And Sometimes Dad" got a few teardrops out of Golden Screen Cinemas CEO Koh Mei Lee on the opening night. Cinema Online are the official media partner for the sixth Japanese Film Festival this year.

The other Japanese movie on offer at the cinemas is "Dance, Subaru!", a crowd-pleaser in the mould of "Hula Girls" about a ballerina who goes against all odds to realise her lifelong dream. The tear-jerker opens nationwide today.


Related Movies:
DANCE, SUBARU! (Japanese) (18 Jun 2009)

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