7th OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL MOVIE FESTIVAL LAUNCHED WITH THE NEW BRAND AND ENHANCEMENT

7th OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL MOVIE FESTIVAL LAUNCHED WITH THE NEW BRAND AND ENHANCEMENT

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            Entering its 7th edition of the festival, Okinawa International Movie Festival has firmly re-established with the new brand called ‘All Things Great in All the Islands Festival’, aim towards a bigger diversions of art festival that also emphasize traditional Japanese culture to reach even wider range of audience.

            To add this main purpose, Japanese’s famous manga artist, Akira Torayama from ‘Dragon Ball’ and ‘Dr. Slump’ animated franchise, especially designed the new poster with the concept of key visual named ‘O!-Chan’ featured total 69 set of eyes drawn by children of Okinawa.

            The festival will be held from March 25th – 29th, still with the unique entertainment festivities under the usual theme ‘Laugh & Peace’, with some changes in the concept. While a movie festival still became the main focus beyond the rare package as an annual celebration in their spring tradition for audience from all ages, along with various forms of arts and entertainment in the large beach stage, more red carpet events and ‘Laugh & Peace Town’ exhibition, the terms ‘Laugh & Peace’ has provided more ways to welcome wider scope of movie genres, including some better known mainstream blockbusters over generations that rarely fits into other festivals, but nevertheless stays true in the veins of powerful blend of moving dramas and funny comedies.

            And this might also becoming the reason why Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd., as the main organizing committee decided to lose some of the competition category into more special invitation screening section. Packed more movies from various regions of the world along with the Japanese showcases including the TV Director’s Movie category, they put more focus for the local works in the Local Origination Projects, which includes short movies from all parts of Japan, and The JIMOT CM COMPETITION, with local video projects promoting various Japanese cultures, now from prefectures of Japan, 41 muncipalities of Okinawa, plus a new expanded subcategory World JIMOT CM that aim local cultural festivals from various countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, to compete.

            For more, there will also be added events like seminars and panel discussions, business matching and various music, dance, comedy and modelling events. Moving the main venue for movie screenings to Sakurazaka Movie Theatres, with the full support of Okinawa’s distinctive ‘Sakurazaka Film University’, more special screenings of classics to new movies will also be held with movie lectures by notable entertainers in the venue. And the previous festival’s highlights, open air screening in the world’s largest portable outdoor screen [Cine Screen 400], imported from Switzerland which sized 26.65 wide – 14.76 high, accomodates up tp 8000 viewers over the Ginowan beach stage are still coming with last year’s phenomenal hit ‘Interstellar’, Finland/France’s animated ‘Moonmins on the Riviera’ and the classic sci-fi action ‘The Terminator’. Whoa!

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            Opened the first screening on the first launch of this year’s festival before the opening ceremony took place in Ginowan, Indonesian’s last year box office hit ‘Assalamualaikum Beijing’ (2014, Guntur Soeharjanto) introduced a genre that still set undying trend in Indonesian cinema, a religious drama. The movie’s main actress, Revalina S. Temat and producer Yoen K. – Ody Mulya Hidayat from Maxima Pictures attended the first red carpet event held in Ginowan beach area. And there will be another name from Indonesia, director Yosep Anggi Noen from the indie feature ‘Peculiar Vacation & Other Ilnesses (Vakansi Yang Janggal dan Penyakit Lainnya)’ and short movie ‘Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One’. Anggi was the director of one of Okinawa’s Local Origination Project titled ‘Rumah’, which was shot earlier this year,

Here’s the complete line-up of the festival.

SPECIAL INVITATION

            This larger-packed category featured much-discussed and epic works of both Japanese and overseas movies. With more colorful array of works from action, drama, lovestories to horror, including some of more idealistic works, this year has a richly varied lineup.

  • AT HOME (2014, Japan, Hiroshi Chono)
  • SMILES IN THE MIRROR (2015, Japan, Ichiro Kita)
  • GUNJOIRO NO TORIMICHI (2015, Japan, Kiyochi Sasabe)
  • DEADMAN INFERNO (2015, Japan, Hiroshi Shinagawa)
  • THE NINJA WAR OF TORAKAGE (2015, Japan, Yoshihiro Nishimura)
  • HARAJUKU DENIER (2015, Japan, Hideta Takahata)
  • ‘TIL DEATH DO US WHAT? (2015, Japan, Koji Maeda)
  • KYOTO ELEGY (2014, Japan, Kiki Sugino)
  • FASHION KING (2014, Korea, Ki-Hwan Oh)
  • ASSALAMUALAIKUM BEIJING (2014, Indonesia, Guntur Soeharjanto)
  • ONE NIGHT STUD (2015, China, Li Xinman)
  • DREAM FLIGHT (2014, Taiwan, Khan Lee)
  • TIMELINE (2014, Thailand, Nonzee Nimibutr)
  • BELKA AND STRELKA, MOON ADVENTURES (2014, Russia, Vadim Sotscov – Alexander Hramtsov, Inna Evlannikova)
  • GEMS ON THE RUN (2014, Cambodia, Sok Visal – Quentin Clausin)
  • NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (2014, USA, Shawn Levy)

TV DIRECTOR’S MOVIE (JAPAN)

  • FIVE STAR TOURIST THE MOVIE (2015, Toshiki Shimazaki)
  • YOSHIMOTO SHINKIGEKI ‘JOURNEY TO THE WEST’ (2015, Kazuki Kano)
  • TRUE COLORS (2015, Masaru Kaneko)
  • MIRACLE IN TANUMA HOTEL (2015, Hisashi Ide)
  • TO EAT, TO LIVE (2015, Lisa Kudo)
  • MR. MAXMAN (2015, Akihide Masuda)

THE LOCAL ORIGINATION PROJECT (JAPAN)

  • THE SWAN IS LAUGHING (2015, Hokkaido TOMAKOMAI, Hiroshi Okuyama)
  • TEARS/SMILES (2015, Miyagi KESENNUMA, Seiji Kikuchi)
  • LITTLE BY LITTLE (2015, Ibaraki TSUKUBA, Akihiro Toda)
  • THE DAY WILL COME (2015, Gifu KAKAMIGAHARA, Hidenori Higure)
  • ISICHI (2015, Wakayama KAINAN, Ryohei Ueno)
  • I’M YONAGO (2015, Tottori YONAGO, Yosuke Shimanaka)
  • U.F.O. (USHIMADO’S FANTASTIC OCCURENCE) (2015, Okayama USHIMADO, Tomoyuki Fujiwara)
  • HOSPITALITY OF DRUNK (2015, Kochi KOCHI, Koumei)
  • SOMEWHERE IN MY MEMORY (2015, Fukuoka OKAWA, Keihiro Kanyama)
  • ASO (2015, Kumamoto ASO, Hiroshi Iwanaga)
  • YANBARU! KYO! KYO! KYO! (2015, Okinawa KUNIGAMI, Gori)
  • TAMAKO (2015, Okinawa URAZOE, Soichi Takayama)
  • RUMAH (2015, Okinawa NANJO, Yosep Anggi Noen)
  • SWEETS LIFE (2015, Okinawa TOMIGUSUKU, Tsukasa Kishimoto)
  • KERAMA BLUE (2015, Okinawa ZAMAMI, Tsukasa Kishimoto)
  • THE PIANO IN THE SHED (2015, Fukushima DATE KOORIMACHI, Chiaki Nitanai)
  • BREAKTHROUGH FOR CHANGE (2015, Kochi SHIMANTO, Daisuke Matsuda)
  • SUMMER BREAKERS (2015, Fukuoka NOKONO ISLAND, Ryo Nakajima)
  • WOMAN DREAM OF AMAKUSA (2013, Kumamoto AMAKUSA, Akira Inori)

CREATOR’S FACTORY

  • ODAYAKA (2012, Kiki Sugino) : 2013 Winner
  • INABE (2013, Koji Fukada) : 2014 Winner

SPECIAL SCREENINGS (Selected by Tetsuo Takahira)

  • NIPPON MUSEKIN JIDAI (1962, Japan, Kengo Furusawa)
  • WESTWARD DESPERADO (1960, Japan, Kihachi Okamoto)
  • SMALLTIME CROOKS (2000, USA, Woody Allen)
  • THE RINK (1916, USA, Charlie Chaplin)
  • EASY STREET (1917, USA, Charlie Chaplin)
  • BUSTER KEATON’S SHERLOCK JR. (1924, USA, Buster Keaton)

SAKURAZAKA FILM UNIVERSITY SPECIAL SCREENING

  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014, USA, James Gunn)
  • THE PRO WRESTLING CANNON BALL 2014 THE MOVIE (2015, Japan, Muscle Sakai)
  • THE SEX CANNON BALL RUN 2013 THE MOVIE (2014, Japan, Company Matsuo)
  • MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED (2012, Eric Darnell – Conrad Vernon – Tom McGrath)
  • ONIMASA (1982, Japan, Hideo Gosha)
  • DRUNKEN MASTER (1979, Hong Kong, Yuen Woo Ping)
  • THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE (2014, Japan, Mipo Oh)
  • PROOF OF WILDNESS (1978, Japan, Junya Saro)
  • WONDERFUL WORLD END (2014, Japan, Daigo Matsui)

~ by danieldokter on March 25, 2015.

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