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1999 (9th)

1999
HELD : 10th - 19th September, 1999
VENUES : Solaria Cinema 1, Elgala Hall, Tsukushi Kaikan, AIREF
EXHIBITION OF : 27 films from 12 nations and regions
ATTENDANCE: Focus on Asia '99 - FIFF 14,916
Sponsored Events 1,274
TOTAL 16,190
OPENING FILM: Color of Paradise(1999/Iran)
 

Color of Paradise directed by Majid Majidi was awarded the Grand Prix at the Montreal International Film Festival, held just prior to the Fukuoka International Film Festival. The film, which opened our festival in 1999, attracted worldwide attention to its director who received wide news coverage. After Montreal, Majid Majidi came all the way to Fukuoka via Tehran, Dubai and Hong Kong. Audience emotion reached a climax when Majidi made a dramatic appearance just as the opening screening was about to start. This most talked about film would later see a general release in Japan.

 Other films which drew public attention even prior to their exhibition included an entry by film director Sivan and his son Santosh Sivan from India, the first 35mm film by Iranian director Abolfazl Jalili, a trilogy made by three young film directors from Taiwan, and a joint film production between China and Japan, a section of the film being shot in the island of Kyushu. From Mongolia came The Teacher of Cyrill Alphabet, a peaceful and enjoyable story highly rated by both the media and the audience. Seeing this video production gave us an opportunity to reaffirm the purpose of our film festival, that being to discover excellent films from Asia.

 The festival in 1999 saw five films directed by female film directors. Among them, Collective Flat(Vietnam) and Jose Rizal(the Philippines) were invited to KANEBO International Women's Film Week, one of the sponsored events of the Tokyo International Film Festival, after their exhibition in Fukuoka.

 Additionally, related events were held such as an exhibition of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's early pictures in commemoration of the film director being awarded the 10th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, and a symposium on the Japanese language publication of "Manchow Film Studio - Aspects of Propaganda Film" by Fukuoka Chugoku Eiga Kai (the Chinese Cinema Association in Fukuoka).
We were delighted to hear the good news of Vietnamese film director Dang Nhat Minh, receiving the Nikkei Asia Prize sponsored by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Our festival has so far exhibited four of Dang Nhat Minh's films.

PROGRAM FOR 1999

Preserved and part of the Fukuoka City Public Library Film Archive Collection
Goodbye Tomorrow Dir. Reis Celik 1998/Turkey/Color/110min.
The Spring Dir. Abolfazl Jalili 1985/Iran/Color/86min.
The Love-Stricken Dir. Ali Hatami 1992/Iran/Color/91min.
Sweet Agony Dir. Ali-Reza Davudnezhad 1999/Iran/Color/90min.
Color of Paradise Dir. Majid Majidi 1999/Iran/Color/88min.
With Fire as Witness Dir. Shyamprasad 1998/India/Color/111min.
The Journey Dir. Sivan 1998/India/Color/110min.
Terrorist Dir. Santosh Sivan 1998/India/Color/100min.
The Last Malay Woman Dir. Erma Fatima 1997/Malaysia/Color/119min.
Hai Nguyet Dir. My Ha 1998/Vietnam/Color/90min.
Collective Flat Dir. Viet Linh 1999/Vietnam/Color/90min.
Jose Rizal Dir. Marilou Diaz-Abaya 1998/Philippines/Color/178min.
The Teacher of Cyrill Alphabet Dir. B.Badaruugan 1998/Mongolia/Color/109min.
Spicy Love Soup Dir. Zhang Yang 1998/China/Color/109min.
Chen Bao Dir. Shinichi Nakada 1999/China/Japan/Color/94min.
City of Glass Dir. Cheung Yuen-Ting 1998/Hong Kong/Color/110min.
Bad Girl Trilogy Dir. Wen Yao-Ting 1998/Taiwan/Color/115min.
Dir. Lin Jing-Jie
Dir. Chan Ying-Yu
The Mystery of the Cube Dir. Jonathan You 1999/Korea/Color/110min.
Mayonnaise Dir. Yoon In-Ho 1999/Korea/Color/104min.
The Railroad of Love Dir. Shigeki Chiba 1999/Japan/Color/87min.
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