Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2017

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September 18th(Fri.) to 24th(Fri.) 2017

SCREENING PROGRAM

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

  • Violinist
  • FAN
  • Honeygiver among the Dogs
  • Ben & Jody
  • Bad Genius
  • Brutal
  • Diamond Island
  • Wonder Boy
  • Hello Vietnam
  • The Foolish Bird
  • Godspeed
  • The Village of No Return
  • A Quiet Dream
  • HANAGATAMI
  • Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

Bringing you a selection of Asia's much talked about motion pictures including those marking their Japanese Premiere at our film festival!

Legend

JS
Japanese subtitled
ES
English subtitled
WP
World Premiere
IP
International Premiere
AP
Asian Premiere
JP
Japanese Premiere
KP
Kyushu Premiere
   

Violinist

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2016/Iran/74 min.

Directed by Mohammad Ali TALEBI

Violinist
Relaying the warmth of Islamic culture through the depiction of one youth.

In a corner of a bazaar in metropolitan Tehran, Kianoosh earns his daily income in cash by playing popular Iranian songs on the violin. One night, Saba, an inspiring pianist, approaches him and takes him to her music school. Kianoosh,, without any western style musical training, now has a chance to lead an affluent life. Unfortunate for him, he loses his precious violin.

Fan

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2016/India, Croatia, UK/143 min.

Directed by Maneesh SHARMA

FAN
Shah Rukh Khan plays double roles in this explosive entertainment attraction!

A thriller starring Shah Rukh Khan, the “King of Bollywood”. Young Gaurav who lives in Dehli, is a fanatical fan of Aryan, the superstar. To Gaurav, the existence of Aryan is life in itself. When such excessive sentiment turns perverse, there is trouble. This is an entertaining film loaded with highlights of dance and action where the “King” plays a youth in his 20s as well as a superstar.

Honeygiver Among the Dogs

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2016/Bhutan/132 min.

Directed by Dechen RODER

Honeygiver among the Dogs
A beautiful, mysterious woman, in a mystery of illusion presented through peaceful imagery.

In a mountain village, Kinley investigates the disappearance of a Buddhist nun. A woman named “Choden”, referred to by the villagers as a “demoness” holds the key to the case. Realizing the police are after her, she decides to leave the village. In order to unmask the truth behind the case, Kinley decides to approach and accompany her while concealing his identity. She then starts to narrate a mysterious story. A female film director presents a film of mystery set in Buddhist mythology.

Ben & Jody

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  • IP

2017/Indonesia/117min.

Directed by Angga Dwimas SASONGKO

Ben & Jody
The young embark upon a journey in search of finding the best tasting coffee

Ben and Jody now travel across Indonesia selling coffee on a commercial vehicle wagon. When one of their friends quits, the two decide to return to Jakarta and find new friends to reopen their coffee house. The sequel to "Filosofi Kopi" (2015) depicting the struggles of youngsters in search for better and ultimately the best tasting coffee.

Bad Genius

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2017/Thailand/130 min.

Directed by Nattawut POONPIRIYA

Bad Genius
Turning an examination into money. A thrilling big operation develops.

Lynn, a high school student with exceptional grades, comes up with a business scheme after helping a friend during an examination. The scheme; she gets money for giving out answers during an examination. As students devise various measures to do well in their exams, Lynn's business skyrockets. Shouldering great expectations from students preparing for their exams, she gets a chance to earn big money for her business by taking on the international standard examination required of students wanting to enroll in the top leading universities of the world. Can she pull it off?

Brutal

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2015/Malaysia/76 min.

Directed by Shanjhey Kumar PERUMAL

Brutal
With adults not understanding him, where does a youth go?

Set in the 1990s during a period of agony for Malaysia's residents of Indian Tamil descent in the northern section of the nation, the film focuses on Appoy, a youth, whose rage against adults and society keeps escalating. Gradually he is lured into the underground world that Michael Jackson, who Appoy adores, sings about in “BAD”. Rare for a Malaysian film to be totally in the Tamil language, the motion picture took the Best Malaysian Film Award at the Malaysia Film Festival Awards in 2016.

Diamond Island

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2016/Cambodia, France, Germany, Qatar/99 min.

Directed by Davy CHOU

Diamond Island
Pieces of adolescence found in economically growing Cambodia.

In Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, “Diamond Island” is a big district for development. Young Bora leaves his village to work at a construction site here. Despite being poor he enjoys his life making friends and getting to know women. One day, however, he meets his brother, Solei, who he hasn't seen in 5 years. Winner of the SACD Prize at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Wonder Boy

  • JS
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  • IP

2017/Singapore/96 min.

Directed by Dick LEE, Daniel YAM

Wonder Boy
This is my music! An unknown episode in the life of Dick Lee.

The adolescence of Dick Lee, singer, songwriter and standard bearer of Asian pops, is depicted and directed by Dick Lee, himself. Richard, who learns to play the piano as a boy and who yearns after Elton John as an idol, discovers he wants to be a singer performing his own music. However rock is prohibited in Singapore in the beginning of the 1970s. What society wants is gentle music from abroad.

Hello Vietnam

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2017/Vietnam/88 min.

Directed by NGUYEN Quang Dung

Hello Vietnam
A sense of warmth and pain is felt when thinking about one's homeland far, far away from home.

Set in the winter of 1995 in New York, the film depicts three generations of a Vietnamese family living in the United States on how family members feel about their homeland, and what values and views on life they hold. The streets of New York covered in snow and the vivid green pastoral scenery in the south of Vietnam are both beautiful in their own way. The film makes us sense the longing for nostalgia, the pain still at heart and the future of a people who have endured a long history of being tossed about by warfare.

The Foolish Bird

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2017/China/ 118 min.

Directed by HUANG Ji and OTSUKA Ryuji

The Foolish Bird
What's wrong with that! A stark naked depiction of problems teenagers face.

16 year-old Lynn, a high school student, lives with her grandparents away from her mother in a provincial city in the south of China. Bullied at school and alienated at home, she only trust networking via smartphone. She then steals a smartphone and sells it to a stranger via SNS for some quick cash. Winner of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival Special Mention of General 14 Plus by an International Jury.

Godspeed

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2016/Taiwan/112 min.

Directed by CHUNG Mong-Hong

Godspeed
The job was supposed to be a cinch! An unpredictable road movie.

The assignment Na Dow accepted was very simple. He was to deliver some goods he received early in the morning, and return by dusk. For this journey, he chooses a taxi driven by a weird elderly man…The drama that unfolds with men from the underground mob is painted with humor. Michael Hui, the former king of Hong Kong comedy, plays the taxi driver.

The Village of No Return

  • JS
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  • JP

2017/Taiwan, China/116 min.

Directed by CHEN Yu-Hsun

The Village of No Return
Let's forget about the bad times and live a new life!

A cynical yet comedy of fantasy set in a remote village after the fall of the Qing Dynasty. When the villagers are in high spirits after hearing a rumor that a railway station will be built, a villager meets an unnatural death. Then a travelling monk appears with an ancient device that he claims can delete memories. He then starts to erase one villager's memory after another. Yet the monk has an undisclosed scheme…

A Quiet Dream

  • JS
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2016/Korea/101 min.

Directed by ZHANG Lu

A Quiet Dream
Dreams of a woman and the kind, worn-out men who adore her.

Three men who are drop outs from society have a daily routine of meeting at a small bar run by Yeri. In a matter-of-fact approach, the film depicts their sad yet somewhat heartwarming routine through sensitive beautiful screen images. One attraction of the film may be in seeing three very talented young film directors (Yang Ik-june, Yoon Jong-bin, Park Jung-bum) play the roles of 3 lackluster men.

HANAGATAMI

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  • WP

2017/Japan/169 min.

Directed by OBAYASHI Nobuhiko

HANAGATAMI
"It was my life-long dream to make this into a film"-Obayashi Nobuhiko

A script written 40 years ago is miraculously made into a film! The film depicts with overpowering visual might, the adolescence of the main characters who live through a period of war. This motion picture, after "Kono Sora No Hana" ("Casting Blossoms in the Sky") and "No No Nanananoka" ("Seven Weeks") marks film director Obayashi Nobuhiko's spiritual compilation finalizing his "war trilogy". The film was completed as he received medical notice from his doctor on how much longer he would live.

Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections

  • ES
  • JS
  • KP

2016/ Japan/118 min.

Directed by Brillante Ma MENDOZA, YUKISADA Isao, SOTHO Kulikar

Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections

The Asian Three-Fold Mirror project brings together three globally acclaimed directors from Asia to co-create omnibus films with a common theme. Under the theme "Living Together in Asia", crew and cast joined forces across national borders to depict the lives of characters who journey between Japan and Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Like a three-fold mirror, three stories reflect on the history and culture of the chosen countries, generating new points of light.

  • Violinist
  • FAN
  • Honeygiver among the Dogs
  • Ben & Jody
  • Bad Genius
  • Brutal
  • Diamond Island
  • Wonder Boy
  • Hello Vietnam
  • The Foolish Bird
  • Godspeed
  • The Village of No Return
  • A Quiet Dream
  • HANAGATAMI
  • Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections

THAI FILMS-A DIVERSITY IN CHARM

Bad Genius

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/Thailand/130 min.

Directed by Nattawut POONPIRIYA

Bad Genius
Turning an examination into money. A thrilling big operation develops.

Lynn, a high school student with exceptional grades, comes up with a business scheme after helping a friend during an examination. The scheme; she gets money for giving out answers during an examination. As students devise various measures to do well in their exams, Lynn's business skyrockets. Shouldering great expectations from students preparing for their exams, she gets a chance to earn big money for her business by taking on the international standard examination required of students wanting to enroll in the top leading universities of the world. Can she pull it off?

By the Time It Gets Dark

  • JS
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  • KP

2016/Thailand,France,Qatar,Netherlands/105min.

Directed by Anocha SUWICHAKORNPONG

Every single person's memory spins into history

The second film from Anocha Suwichakornpong, the driving force behind Thai art genre films. To use as script material, a female film director interviews a woman who used to be in the student movement in the 1970s. Gradually, memories and space blend together into an exquisite collage. A film of poetic imagery full of stimulation which swept awards such as Best Picture and Best Director at the Thailand National Film Association Awards.

The Crown

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  • IP

2016/Thailand/99min.

Directed by Akechai SRIVICHAI

Will tradition crumble when it feels the wrath of God?

A troupe performs the traditional performing dancing art of "Nora" in southern Thailand. Contrary to the wishes of the leader of the troupe, the son shows no interest in "Nora", and instead always plays the guitar. After an argument, he leaves the troupe and joins a street band and becomes popular. The film, set in the southern Thailand with its relaxed and beautiful landscape, depicts the traditional and cultural performing art of Nora and its spiritual climate.

A Gas Station

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2016/Thailand/110min.

Directed by Tanwarin SUKKHAPISIT

The stage of love is at a gas station in the wilderness.

Every day, two women who fancy Mun come to his gas station to see him. A middle aged woman who always wears a red dress and a high school girl who comes in a different costume play outfit every day. Yet Mun has a woman he can't forget about. This love story depicted in its unique outlook of the world took awards at the Thailand National Film Association Awards and the Thai Film Directors Awards.

Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

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2013/Thailand/125min.

Directed by Nawapol THAMRONGRATTANARIT

Tweets! A new sensation of youthful graffiti.

A motion picture made from 410 real tweets sent by an anonymous girl. Mary, who will soon graduate, spends her remaining time in high school in comfort. With her friend, Mary finds herself in charge of producing the school yearbook. She's eager to make it look artistic. However. A fantastical film which unfolds the sensitive days of youth in a surrealistic way.

The Master

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2014/Thailand/80 min.

Directed by Nawapol THAMRONGRATTANARIT

A man with a big impact on the New Wave movement in films

In one corner of a market in Bangkok, there was a video store managed by one man. His stock of pirated art genre films of all ages from the East and West came to satisfy the needs of film enthusiasts to the point where the young would refer to his place as "that man's store". A documentary that looks back at the rise and fall of this store with successful filmmakers who used frequently the shop as regulars.

The Unseeable

  • JS
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  • KP

2006/Thailand/97min.

Directed by Wisit SASANATIENG

Don't ever speak of what you see here.

In the 1930s, a pregnant woman searching by foot to find her missing husband, visits a mansion. The mysterious widow living in the mansion welcomes the visiting woman but then eerie things begin to surface around her. Wisit Sasanatieng uses his aesthetics and storytelling to bring you a stylish horror story, which also is packed with the air of a classic horror film.

Santi-Vina

  • JS
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  • JP

1954/Thailand/117min.

Directed by Thavi NA BANGCHANG

A story of love that comes to life again through state of the art technology.

The film was Thailand's first 35mm color feature film. For a long time, the film could not be shown because the print was lost. However a negative was found in 2014, and after 1700 hours of 4K digital restoration, the film was completed. The story of undivided love and suffering of Santi and Vina can now be seen without any cuts and in the color of its first release.

JAPANESE SPECIAL FEATURE

Commemorating “HANAGATAMI”, the newest film from OBAYASHI Nobuhiko

Our film festival will exhibit “HANAGATAMI”, Obayashi Nobuhiko’s latest film. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Dan Kazuo, who has an affinity with Fukuoka. As a matter of fact, the script to the story was completed even before “HOUSE”, the film director’s first commercial film. Commemorating the exhibition of this film, we will present a special feature of Obayashi Nobuhiko’s films. We invite you to come see these films in addition to “HANAGATAMI” to have a sense of Obayashi Nobuhiko’s films which haven’t changed in 40 years. The film exhibitions, shown all in 35mm film, will be a precious experience.

HOUSE

1977/Japan/88 min.

Directed by OBAYASHI Nobuhiko

HOUSE
I'm going to be eaten alive…The original horror film starring a beautiful girl.

This is the first theatrically released feature film for Obayashi Nobuhiko, then a successful director of TV commercials. The film is now a recognized occult film. 7 girls decide to spend their summer vacation in a desolate house…unknowing that the house really is a ghost that eats people. A fantastical horror film, with poppy and magnificent visual footage, unfolds a story like a toy box being completely turned upside down.

The Discarnates

1988/Japan/ 108 min.

Directed by OBAYASHI Nobuhiko

The Discarnates
Meeting your dead parents…A weird experience in the summer.

Based on the novel of the same name written by Yamada Taichi which won the 1st Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. Separated from his wife, Harada, a scriptwriter, lives alone in an apartment. One day, he goes to Asakusa, where he lived as a child, and meets his parents who died in a car accident when he was 12 years-old. Feeling nostalgic, he continues meeting with them…A ghost story depicting love and other emotions between humans and ghosts presented in a style full of sentiment.

The Rocking Horsemen

1992/Japan/135 min

Directed by OBAYASHI Nobuhiko

The Rocking Horsemen
Rock music is always a symbol of youth.

In 1965, just prior to starting high school in the spring, a youth gets an electrified awakening to rock and roll by listening to an electric guitar riff. The film is based on a novel of the same name written by Ashihara Sunao, which won the Bungei Prize among other awards. Set in a peaceful landscape of Kannon-ji Temple in Shikoku, the film is a passionate, sad and bittersweet story of youth depicting students in their last year of high school engrossed in rock and rock, presented in the same high tempo pace as the original novel.

Special Exhibition of films supported by the Fukuoka Film Commission

The Fukuoka Film Commission, covering the 17 cities and towns of Metropolitan Fukuoka, is involved in the assisting of filming activities as a means of promoting Fukuoka City and the film industry. Although we are also putting our strength into inviting film locations from Asian films, not all of these motion picture when completed, will be shown in Japan. For this reason, this section of the festival which exhibits films which we have assisted, provides a precious opportunity to see these overseas motion pictures filmed in Fukuoka. We shall present 3 films this year. We would like to ask as many people as possible to see how our city is depicted on the movie screen and ask for your continued support of encouraging filming activities in Fukuoka.

[Closing Film of the Focus on Asia International Film Festival Fukuoka 2017]

MIKO GIRL

2017/Japan/98 min.

Directed by GU Suyeon

MIKO GIRL
Starring HIROSE Alice in the adventures of an unconventional shrine maiden.

Shiwasu works part-time as a shrine maiden at a small Shinto shrine her father is the chief priest to. She's looking for a full time job but doesn't have any dreams or anything special she wants to do. Having her mother leave home when she was a child was a traumatic experience for Shiwasu. As a result, she isn't interested in marriage or romance. One night, she discovers a 5 year-old boy hiding within the shrine precincts. This encounter gets her involved in an unexpected situation.

Dealer/Healer

2016/Hong Kong/ 100 min.

Directed by Lawrence LAU

Set in the underworld, a true story of a new lease on life.

Based on a true story, a film about a repentant drug dealer and drug addict during the 1970s and 1980s who takes a new lease on life and helps rehabilitate drug addicts.
※This film will be shown after the Fukuoka Audience Award Ceremony (you must complete an application form to see this film).

Ms. Bao's Bag

2017/China-Japan/102 min.

Directed by WANG Da

Ms. Bao’s Bag
A strange bag creates a love story in Fukuoka.

A “mysterious bag” creates an opportunity for two people to meet, the second they pass each other by. And they meet in a foreign country, in Fukuoka in Kyushu. An obsessed enthusiast and a cute girl, both Chinese students studying in Japan, meet by chance. Centered on the new love story between the two, the film follows the bag that gets them together, on a journey depicting everyday life in Japan.
(Please note that the film will be presented in its abridged form.)

SURPRISE

2015/China/95 min.

Directed by Jiao Shou Yi Xiao Xin

SURPRISE
A fantasy story of adventure that’ll even make your belly laugh!

The good-for-nothing protagonist, has ghost ears and can even use magic. He always brags about himself as the King of Ghosts. One day he meets the journeying party of Master Xuanzhuang, and this encounter brings unexpected events to his life that changes his destiny. Learning to help each other, and at times hating each other…He joins the traveling group and embarks on what becomes an incident-filled journey heading west.

DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL FEATURE

Our documentary special feature, “An Asian Remix” takes a look at Asian culture through the expended art of the mass, including music and films. We will take a different approach this year by selecting 3 films that face and follow Asian society and its history head on. Witness for yourself the truth of what society shoulders even by looking at the private side of people.

My Father's Choice

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2017/Netherlands, China/ 80 min.

Directed by Yan Ting Yuen

My Father's Choice

The film director’s father moves to Hong Kong to escape from China’s Cultural Revolution, and then takes his family to Holland where he manages a Chinese restaurant. Having doubts on her father’s decisions, the film director tries to find out what made her father make those important decisions in his life. She then discovers that in the back of her father’s decisions, lay a mammoth wave of a China-made era.

Burma Storybook

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2017/ Netherlands, Myanmar, Norway/ 81 min.

Directed by Petr LOM / Produced by Corinne van EGERAAT

Burma Storybook

Having ended a 50 year-old dictatorship, the seeds of democracy are starting to sprout in Myanmar (formerly Burma). In Myanmar, poetry is an accepted form of expression. The film depicts the face of Myanmar which is trying to change into something new as it heals itself through both the poetry of its people and anti-establishment poets such as Maung Aung Pwint.

Children Are Not Afraid of Death, Children Are Afraid of Ghosts

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2016/China/ 85 min.

Directed by Rong Guang RONG

Children Are Not Afraid of Death, Children Are Afraid of Ghosts

In 2015, 4 children in an impoverished village in Guizhou Province of Southwest China commit suicide by drinking pesticide. Their parents were migrant workers, working away from home, leaving no adults overseeing the children. This tragic event settles in the heart and mind of Rong Guang Rong, the film director who is also a father to three children. He goes to the scene of the suicide to investigate the root of “fear” humans embrace, by addressing a primary theme, the issue of the tens of millions of children in China who are reportedly left unattended at home.

BARRIER FREE FILM EXHIBITIONS

Presented with audio guides and Japanese subtitles so that everyone and anyone can “hear the visual imagery” and “see the audio” to these motion pictures.

Where I Belong

2016/Japan/108 min.

Directed by AZUMA Shinji

Where I Belong

The film, based on a bestselling novel written by NONAMI Asa, a Naoki Prize winner, is set in Shiiba village in Miyazaki Prefecture, one of the three most unexplored regions in Japan. Abandoned by his parents, a boy lives a reckless life of repeatedly knifing, robbing and injuring people. Fleeing from the police he accidentally meets an old woman and other villagers who give him enough love to bring back his emotions and feelings which he had lost a long time ago. A moving film about friendship transcending blood relationships and about human reincarnation. The first theatrical film release directed by AZUMA Shinji, usually known for his direction of the TV series “Aibo” (“Partners”).

The Teacher’s Diary

2014/ Thailand/110 min.

Directed by Nithiwat Tharathorn

The Teacher's Diary

The No. 1 moving film from Thailand. In an age of smart phones and the internet, this is a story about falling in love with an unknown woman through a diary… Song, who only is good at sports, finds a job as a teacher to an elementary school on the lake deep in the mountains. Here, there’s no electricity, no water and cell phones don’t connect. Not even being able to get along with the children, Song live a lonely life. One day, he discovers a diary written by a stranger. It happens to be a diary written by Ann, a teacher that taught at the school before Song arrived…

Special Exhibition

Ça va?

2017/Japan/ 45 min.

Directed by YUKISADA Isao

Ça va?

Two detectives see Matthew (Loic Garnier), a foreigner, wandering about in a disaster stricken area of the Kumamoto Earthquake. They can only understand the foreigner saying “Ça va”. With assistance from people in the city, they understand that Matthew has returned to Japan to return the ashes of his late wife to her father. However, by the time he meets her father, Matthew’s spirits are down depressed from seeing what damage the Kumamoto Earthquake did to the area. Then Matthew’s group meets a girl at the disaster stricken area…

Nakyung and Kinukawa

2017/Japan/ 22 min.

Directed by HORIE Takahiro

Nakyung and Kinukawa
Set in Genkaijima Island, a page in memories and records…

Nakyung, a photographer who comes from Jeju Island in Korea, visits Genkaijima Island in Fukuoka to work on her lifework project of taking photographs of Ama female diving fishing. She accidentally meets Kinukawa, a former Ama female diver, who tries to move a broken monorail…A short film made by the Fukuoka Film Forum, a project for young Japanese and Asian filmmakers.

FUKUOKA PANORAMA

We will exhibit the works of visual creators active in Fukuoka, works that are set in Fukuoka as well as works which have “Fukuoka” as their key word. Please enjoy our special program exhibiting the works of creative individuals rich in talent, who will shoulder our next generation!

  • Dates
    September 18 (Monday), September 22 (Friday) and September 24 (Sunday)
  • Venue
    United Cinema Canal City 13
Co-organized by
  • ASIA center

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