Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2018

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September 14th(Fri.) to 23rd(Sun.) 2018

SCREENING PROGRAM

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

  • A Man of Integrity
  • A Call to Father
  • Balekempa
  • Night Bus
  • Die Tomorrow
  • Malila: The Farewell Flower
  • Crossroads
  • Guang
  • The Tailor
  • Nervous Translation
  • The Pluto Moment
  • Concerto of the Bully
  • The Great Buddha +
  • Xiao Mei
  • Passage of Life

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

Bringing you Asia's much talked about films, some making their Japanese Premier 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
   

A Man of Integrity

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/ Iran/117 min.

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

Time Schedule
16th 15:30 / 20th 12:30 / 23rd 10:00
A Man of Integrity
A human drama of suspense about a man of principle...

Reza leaves the hustle and bustle of the big city and moves north with his wife, a school principal, and their son. He raises goldfish for a living. Even here, however, everything from municipal government to the police is controlled... A film, which won the "Un Certain Regard" Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, about a man trying to live by his principles.

A Call to Father

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/ Kazakhstan/104 min.

Directed by Seric Aprymov

Time Schedule
15th 15:00 / 20th 13:00 / 22nd 15:30
A Call to Father
My time quietly flows... A warm story of a boy maturing with his father by his side.

A boy helps out with house chores but at times confuses his imagination with reality. His doctor says he may be suffering from ADHD. At this rate, he won't be able to attend his local school. His dream, however, is to study at a normal school. His mother snaps one day and leaves home, leaving him with his father.

Balekempa

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2018/ India/ 103 min.

Directed by Ere Gowda

Time Schedule
17th 16:30 / 18th 13:00 / 21st 15:00
Balekempa
What interwoven human patterns are hidden in a small village?

In a small south Indian village, Kempanna sells bangles and articles for women. His bedridden mother lives in his house who he nurses with his wife. The couple have no children and sleep separately. Their relationship is chilled to the bone. His wife's frustration keeps growing but he has a secret hidden deep inside.

Night Bus

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP
  • PG12

2016/Indonesia/131 min.

Directed by Emil Heradi

Time Schedule
15th 18:30 / 20th 15:30 / 22nd 18:00
Night Bus
A powerful social film of suspense! A bus carrying "danger" continues its journey into the night.

The midnight bus for Sampar leaves with passengers who have their own reasons for traveling. Meanwhile at Sampar, the final destination, separatist rebels are ready to fight against government forces. In pitch-black darkness, the bus passes the "danger zone" but will it safely arrive at Sampar, its destination? A thrilling, suspense action film.

Die Tomorrow

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2017/ Thailand/75 min.

Directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Time Schedule
17th 19:30 / 21st 17:30
Die Tomorrow
The last day is pretty normal. A new type of film with "death" as its theme.

Death comes to us all. People may be prepared or death may come suddenly. The film director presents an omnibus film depicting how certain people spent their last day before their death, based on his recollection of news reports between 2012-2017 and plain talk he had with people close to him. The hybrid film adds interviews with children as well as the old, on thoughts on life and death.
Subtitle Cooperation: Osaka Asian Film Festival.

Malila: The Farewell Flower

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/ Thailand/ 99 min.

Directed by Anucha Boonyawatana

Time Schedule
17th 13:30 / 18th 10:15 / 21st 12:30
Malila: The Farewell Flower
Life and Death, and Love. A depiction of where the Spirits go...

Bai Sri, made of banana leaves and flowers, are traditional ornaments used in Thai ceremonies. A man dedicates himself to making Bai Sri to heal himself against cancer. Another man, who failed in marriage, cultivates Jasmin flowers. The two were former lovers. A film of overpowering visual beauty depicting their love and views on life and death, symbolized through Bai Sri, where spirits of the dead are said to reside.

Crossroads

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/Malaysia/81 min.

Directed by Nam Ron

Time Schedule
15th 11:00 / 20th 18:30 / 22nd 10:00
Crossroads
A social ensemble cast performance depicting the back streets of society where people barely get by.

Sugiman, having moved to Kuala Lumpur from Indonesia with his son and sister, works at a construction site. His sister, unable to build a future, wants to return home. A social film of suspense, cutting deep into the dark side of society of illegal immigrant workers, corrupt policemen and foreign workers.

Guang

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2018/Malaysia/88 min.

Directed by Quek Shio Chuan

Time Schedule
17th 13:00 / 21st 17:45 / 23rd 16:00
Guang
A touching film based on a true story about playing sounds on glass...

Guang with Attention Deficit Disorder lives with his younger brother, who looks after him.Guang looks for a job to pay family expenses but has a hard time getting employed. With an unique sense of sound, Guang as a child was drawn to the ringing sound of glass. He now searches for the glass with an ideal musical scale. A feature film based on the acclaimed short film version of "Guang".

The Tailor

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2017/ Vietnam/ 100 min.

Directed by Tran Buu Loc and Kay Nguyen

Time Schedule
16th 10:00 / 19th 14:00
The Tailor
Saving my future self! A fashionable and cute SF film.

Saigon in 1969. Ngu Y, the daughter of the owner of a tailoring store for 9 generations, has no interest in Aodai, the traditional Vietnamese dress. She always opposes her mother's policy of continuing the tradition. Suddenly she discovers herself in Ho Chi Minh City in 2017 where she sees herself as an old woman, trying to hang herself. A pop culture fashion fantasy set in the apparel business.
Subtitle Cooperation: Osaka Asian Film Festival

Nervous Translation

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/Philippines/90 min.

Directed by Shireen Seno

Time Schedule
16th 10:30 / 20th 15:45 / 23rd 19:00
Nervous Translation
Someone, take me seriously! A film depicting the sensitive mind of a little girl.

The Philippines is a politically unstable country in the 1980s. Yael is a 8 year-old introverted girl who can't blend in well with her surrounding. Her joy is in secretly listening to the tape her father in the Middle East sends her mother. Yael then learns of a magical pen that can "translate" thoughts and feelings and she desperately tries to get her hands on it.

The Pluto Moment

  • JS
  • ES
  • AP

2018/China/110 min.

Directed by ZHANG Ming

Time Schedule
16th 18:30 / 18th 13:30 / 21st 14:30
The Pluto Moment
Is the dawn ever going to break? A road movie in search of answers.

To get inspiration for his new film, a Shanghai film director heads for the deep mountains of southwest China with his staff in search of "The Tale of Darkness", a traditional song, said to exist in an unexplored agricultural village. With a local guide, they spend a night in a mountain village, then continue walking. Gradually their emotions start to waver...

Concerto of the Bully

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/ Hong Kong/ 95min.

Directed by Fung Chih-Chiang

Time Schedule
17th 10:30 / 20th 18:00 / 22nd 16:00
Concerto of the Bully
Music changes lives? A crime-romance comedy.

When street punk Jung returns to his home, a floating fish raft, he finds Jamie, a woman, in a jute bag. His "Big Brother", having kidnapped Jamie to collect ransom, orders Jung to watch over her. Eventually Jamie, a songwriter, uncovers Jung's hidden charm... A film of romance with laughs, action and music.

The Great Buddha +

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2017/Taiwan/104 min.

Directed by HUANG Hsin-Yao

Time Schedule
17th 19:00 / 21st 10:00 / 23rd 13:00
The Great Buddha +
Big Buddha was watching... Painful laughter in a world of social disparity.

A middle-aged security guard at a Buddhist statue factory gets his kicks at night reading porno magazines and watching TV with his buddy. But when he secretly watches video stored in the owner's drive cam recorder... An off-beat human comedy depicting an ironic view of Taiwanese society through human behavior surrounding Buddha.
Subtitle Cooperation: Tokyo International Film Festival

Xiao Mei

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2018/Taiwan/96 min.

Directed by Maren Hwang

Time Schedule
15th 19:00 / 19th 14:30 / 23rd 18:30
Xiao Mei
Xiao Mei is missing. 9 witnesses reveal who she is...

Xiao Mei, a young girl living in Taipei, suddenly disappears. Where did she go? 9 people who interacted with her including her landlord, her half elder brother, her employer and her former boyfriend, all present their points of view on her. A profile on Xiao Mei starts to emerge like a jigsaw puzzle. Will the last piece complete the puzzle?

Passage of Life

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2017/Japan-Myanmar/98 min.

Directed by Akio Fujimoto

Time Schedule
17th 16:00 / 20th 10:00 / 23rd 16:30
Passage of Life
A sincere look at immigration through a story of a family with two countries.

Based on a true story about a Myanmar family living in Japan. Because the husband is in the hands of the Immigration Bureau of Japan, the wife supports the family all by herself. Raised in Japan, the young brothers keep getting into fights from stress of not being able to see their father. Feeling insecure about the future, the wife starts to think about going back to her native country...

  • A Man of Integrity
  • A Call to Father
  • Balekempa
  • Night Bus
  • Die Tomorrow
  • Malila: The Farewell Flower
  • Crossroads
  • Guang
  • The Tailor
  • Nervous Translation
  • The Pluto Moment
  • Concerto of the Bully
  • The Great Buddha +
  • Xiao Mei
  • Passage of Life

Special Feature on Films from the Philippines

Our special feature on films from the Philippines commemorating a century of their films, is entitled "Drawn and Attracted to the Sacred Chaos". It introduces film masterpieces directed by young filmmakers who will shoulder the future of motion pictures from the Philippines. "Nervous Translation" directed by Shireen Seno, a film attracting attention all over the world, is an artful motion picture about a girl, born with delicate feelings, searching for a relationship with the world. "Bagahe", directed by Zig Dulay, is a social film prosecuting real problems Filipino society shoulders. "Smaller and Smaller Circles" , directed by Raya Martin, is a controversial film presented in a beautiful suspense drama, which uncovers something "shady" behind Filipino society. "Women of the Weeping River", directed by Sheron Dayoc, depicts Muslims living in a forest who are forced by tradition to endlessly feud against each other. We also will be presenting "Nunal Sa Tubig" ("Speck in the Water"), the acclaimed Filipino film masterpiece of the 1970s directed by Ishmael Bernal. This will be a digitally restored version of the 35mm film print archived under the collection of the Fukuoka City Public Library (Film Archive). In addition, we will be presenting symposiums and film markets through which we hope you will discover the diversity and fascination behind Filipino cinema.

Nervous Translation

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2018/Philippines/90 min.

Directed by Shireen Seno

Time Schedule
16th 10:30 / 20th 15:45 / 23rd 19:00
Nervous Translation
Someone, take me seriously! A film depicting the sensitive mind of a little girl.

The Philippines is a politically unstable country in the 1980s. Yael is a 8 year-old introverted girl who can't blend in well with her surrounding. Her joy is in secretly listening to the tape her father in the Middle East sends her mother. Yael then learns of a magical pen that can "translate" thoughts and feelings and she desperately tries to get her hands on it.

The Baggage

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/Philippines/91 min.

Directed by Zig Dulay

Time Schedule
16th 19:00 / 19th 10:00
Addressing the social system of the Philippines by asking "what on earth happened to her?"

A newborn child is discovered in the trashbin of an airplane restroom and Mercy, an Overseas Filipino Worker who just returned home, becomes the prime suspect. Mercy is questioned by the police, then handed over to social facilities such as a shelter for women. What happened to her? With a documentary touch, the film addresses issues which Overseas Filipino Workers face...

Smaller and Smaller Circles

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP
  • PG15

2017/Philippines/ 111 min.

Directed by Raya Martin

Time Schedule
16th 13:30 / 18th 10:00
Two men of religion uncover the dark side of a church precinct as they try and solve a series of horrid murders.

Based on a mystery novel of the same name. Boys over the age of ten are found dead in horrid conditions. The National Bureau of Investigation (equivalent to the FBI) asks Father Gus, who is also a forensic anthropologist, for help. Sensing this is a serial murder case, Gus and a younger priest investigate and close in on the dark side of the scene of the crime...

Women of the Weeping River

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2016/Philippines/95 min.

Directed by Sheron Dayoc

Time Schedule
17th 10:00 / 21st 12:00
Set in a natural setting, a feud among families produces nothing but tragedy...

The film depicts a feud between two families set deep in the outer regions of the Muslim section of Mindanao Island. Satra becomes a widow after her husband is murdered as a result of generations of blood spilling hatred which runs in both families. Satra overcomes the hatred and tries to end the fighting. The lamenting soul and spirit of the women of the region can be felt in its beautiful but powerful landscape.

Speck in the Water

  • JS
  • ES
  • International Premiere

1976/Philippines/120 min.

Directed by Ishmael Bernal

Time Schedule
15th 14:00 / 22nd 12:30
A masterpiece from the 1970s depicting the love and hate of young men and women living on an island.

A film masterpiece by Ishmael Bernal who was active in the 70s and 80s. Set on an island which floats "like a little speck" on Laguna Lake in southwest Manila, the film depicts with mystical footage through the love and hate of three people, life on an island left behind by modernization. We will exhibit a digitally restored version of the only remaining print of the film archived at the Fukuoka City Public Library.

Omnibus Film

Films from Philippine Archipelago

Philippine / 93min

Time Schedule
19th 17:00

Titles of Short Films to be shown:

・Hilom (Director: P.R. Patindol)

・Gikan sa Ngitngit nga Kinailadman (Director: Kiri Dalena)

・Babylon (Director: Keith Deligero)  

・Si Astri Maka si Tambulah (Director: Xeph Suarez)

・Joldilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month (Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad)

Special Feature of Japanese Films:

"The Family as Fragile and Breakable"

Our Japanese special feature will focus on films which look at today's Japanese family as something fragile, in an era after the collapse of Japan's extended large family. These film masterpieces in our special feature will, through frames we call motion pictures, depict people who live their lives at a point where the notion of the family may be on the brink of collapse. Hirokazu Koreeda's first feature film "Maborosi", contrary to the Koreeda touch we are used to , is a stylish funeral ceremony carried out in a quiet yet tense atmosphere. Although not known as much as his other works, "Moving" by film director Shinji Soumai, a genius in his own right, is a great masterpiece. There is the shining performance of Tomoko Tabata, in her first film, who plays a shaken girl as her parents go through a divorce. Also we should not forget the great performance by Junko Sakurada, just prior to her retirement. Master film director Jun Ichikawa's "Tony Takitani" is probably the most successful of films based on stories written by Haruki Murakami. An encounter and parting with a strange woman (played by actress Rie Miyazawa who puts on a performance of preeminent presence) comes to symbolize the family as a fragile entity. Film director Takeshi Kitano's "HANA-BI" is the well known masterpiece which won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. The delicate emotional exchange between the detective played by the film director, himself, and his sick wife brings out a very fragile-like sadness of a couple, the likes of which are unrivaled. "All Around Us" by Ryosuke Hashiguchi, looks at its performers to bring out its sublimity. Probably no other film tries to protect the fragile family from breaking, as much as this motion picture does.
Every film in our special feature is a masterpiece so please come and enjoy each and every one of them.

Maborosi

1995/ Japan/ 110 min.

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

Time Schedule
23rd 10:15
Maborosi
Life, death, loss and life again...A literary work serenely depicting a woman in mourning.

The debut feature film, well received in and out of Japan, for Hirokazu Koreeda, who won this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes. Based on a novel of the same name by Teru Miyamoto, the film is a human drama depicting how a woman starts a new life after being deeply distressed over the disappearance of her grandmother and her husband's sudden suicide. Actress Makiko Esumi's debut film.

Moving

1993/ Japan/ 124 min.

Directed by Shinji Somai

Time Schedule
20th 10:15
Moving
Where am I to go? The family, as seen through the eyes of a child.

Renko in 6th grade lives with her mother after her parents start living apart as a pre-condition for a divorce. Things just don't feel right to her, though. The film depicts, through relationships with those around her, how 11 year-old Renko grows up as she deals with her conflicts in life. This was the debut film for then child actress Tomoko Tabata who gave a wonderful performance of a girl with much on her mind.

Tony Takitani

2004/Japan/ 75 min.

Directed by Jun Ichikawa

Time Schedule
21st 10:15
Tony Takitani
A film, based on Haruki Murakami's short story, depicting what it is to love and lose someone...

This is a love story about a man who grows up in a lonesome environment from his infancy and learns, as an adult, the joy of loving someone and the heartrending sadness of losing her. Issey Ogata, known for his portrayal of introverted characters, plays the starring role. Rie Miyazawa, plays the heroine. Narrated by Hidetoshi Nishijima and with Ryuichi Sakamoto in charge of music, the film shines like a beautiful poem.

HANA-BI

1997/Japan/103 min.

Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Time Schedule
22nd 10:15
HANA-BI
Silence and violence accompanies a man who stares at love on his very last trip in life.

This is Takeshi Kitano's 7th film which won the Golden Lion Award at the 54th Venice Film Festival. The film presents his views on life an death through the life of a lonesome detective. While visiting his dying wife, the detective learns that Horibe, his associate on a stake out alone, is shot. Horibe survives but must live his life in a wheelchair. Caring for the victims around him, the detective decides to rob a bank

All Around Us

2008/Japan/140 min.

Directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi

Time Schedule
19th 10:30
All Around Us
10 years of marriage...We're together because I love you.

The film is about a wife with a strong character and her husband who's a bit loose, all set in the 1990s. After they lose their first born child, the wife starts to go into depression. The film, interweaving various incidents at court through the husband who becomes a court room artist, depicts ten years in the life of the couple as they overcome their problems.

Special Screening to Support the Kumamoto Earthquake Recovery Relief Effort

It has been two years since the Kumamoto earthquake recorded unprecedented tremors measuring "7" twice on Japan's seismic scale. Many in Kumamoto were victimized but the recovery effort is far from complete. Our film festival will make our contributions to the Recovery Relief Effort through the screening of this film.

Itchon sukan

2018/Japan/39 min.

Directed by Isao Yukisada

Time Schedule
15th 13:00
Itchon sukan
The 3rd Kumamoto film on the earthquake, this time presented in a bit of a comical fashion.

This film, directed by Isao Yukisada, was shot as a spinoff to "Utsukushii Hito"("The Gift of Memory") and "Utsukushii Hito Ca Va", depicting the city of Kumamoto, victimized by its huge earthquake. Depicted comically, the film is also a love story between a character appearing in the earlier motion pictures, and his girlfriend.

Films Supported by the Fukuoka Film Commission

A film commission is an organization that assists to facilitate the filming of motion pictures and television programs. As a point of contact to promote such assistance, we have brought about great gains to our local economy and tourism industry. On this occasion, we will be holding special screenings of motion pictures filmed in Fukuoka.

Hot Ashes

2018/ Japan/ 104 min.

Directed by Junji Kojima

Time Schedule
18th 19:30
Hot Ashes
When she was pressured, what did she do?
Addressing family and human kindness....

This is the first feature film for Junji Kojima, the "magician of female beauty" who has created TV commercials for Seishido products such as TSUBAKI and Maquillage for years. Taking 5 years of planning, the film addresses such issues as poverty and weakening relationships within ordinary households as well as discrimination against women. Through the life of a courageous woman in a regional city, the film defines what it is to be a family, and what human kindness is. The film is like a hymn of life, dedicated to all who live in our world of rational.
The film is a special screening to be shown after the Fukuoka Audience Award Ceremony.
Deadline for free tickets is September 7 (Fri.) Please access our home page to apply >>detail(Japanese)

The Making of "Fukuoka"

2018/Korea/ 41 min.

Directed by Zhang Lu

Time Schedule
16th 13:00
Fukuoka
Fukuoka which appears almost poetic...
They wandered, drank and met...

The long awaited film from Zhang Lu, a "regular" at our festival, is seis set almost totallyt totally in Fukuoka. The filming began at the end of March in various locations of the city. The film stars Kwon Hae-Hyo of "Winter Sonata", the young and talented Park So-dam and Yun Je-Mun, the well known supporting actor. Yuki Yamamoto, who appears in TV commericals and the Theater in Fukuoka, also is cast in the film.
*Footage of the making of the film will be shown

"Barrier Free" Screening

A special screening provided with audio guidance and Japanese subtitles.

Moonlight Sonata of the Summer Day

1993/Japan/111 min.

Directed by Seijiro Koyama

Time Schedule
23rd 13:15
Moonlight Sonata of the Summer Day
Playing the "Moonlight" piano sonata before leaving on a suicide Kamikaze mission...
Based on a true story in the closing days of the Pacific War.

A human drama based on a true story of Kamikaze pilots playing the piano before going out on their suicide missions during the Pacific War. In the summer of 1945, two Kamikaze pilots visit a teacher in charge of the piano department of Tosu Elementary School in Saga Prefecture. They tell her they want to play the piano before their suicide attack. One plays Beethoven's "Moonlight" piano sonata, and the other "If I Go Away to the Sea", a Japanese patriotic song, after which they leave. A depiction of youth suppressed at a time of war.

Special Screening by Invitation Only

Eating Women

  • PG12

2018/Japan/104 min

Directed by Jiro Shono /Planning, Original Story, Screenplay by Tomomi Tsutsui

Time Schedule
18th 19:00
Eating Women
A beautiful banquet with 8 actresses-Kyoko Koizumi, Erika Sawajiri, Atsuko Maeda, Alice Hirose, Yu Yamada, Mitsu Dan, Charlotte Kate Fox and Kyoka Suzuki-

The owner of an old house in Tokyo runs an antique bookstore. She makes delicious food and entertains women. Even today a feast begins to satisfy women who have big appetites and high expectations on life. The delicious and pleasant banquet starts. The film, which is based on "Taberu Onna-Ketteiban", a collection of short stories by Tomomi Tsutsumi, depicts the daily lives of 8 women through the themes of "food" and "sex". The film will be released nationwide in Japan on September 21 (Fri.), 2018.
Deadline for free tickets is September 7 (Fri.) Please access our home page to apply.  >>detail(Japanese)
*Ms.Tsutsui, who wrote the original story, will appear on stage at the time the film is shown.

Fukuoka Panorama

Fukuoka Panorama is a special program of the Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival, with a purpose of introducing and assisting creators who are active in the fields of motion pictures, visual imagery and animation.

We will exhibit all together, works that have "Fukuoka" as their key word, as well as programs created by an assorted group of unique talent who are ready to shoulder the next generation.

Program(1) Gendaigeki/Local Companies/Drama.

Sept. 22 (Sat.) 18:30-20:30

This is a program that exhibits a film set in a local company in Fukuoka. Perhaps you might recognize the names of some of the places or the landscape which appear in the film.

Oyama on the Stage of Life ~Tokujiro works in MEIJISANGYO~

2018/Japan

Directed by Takao Misoraya

Oyama on the Stage of Life ~Tokujiro works in MEIJISANGYO~

A film that collaborates the mystic, charm of Taishuengeki (Japanese theater for the masses) with Gendaigeki (Japanese contemporary drama), with a story set in a local company. From Fukuoka! The latest in the much talked about Company Drama Series!
A box office star of a leading traveling troupe in the industry, while in the process of writing the script for his next performance, finds himself working part-time to repay the troupe leader’s debt. The anachronistic traveling troupe star takes up the challenge of working for the housing business, but he faces many problems... Winner of the Outstanding Performance Award at the Fukuoka Business Digital Contents Awards 2017.

Program(2) The newest from a young, upcoming film director who sticks to regional settings

Sept. 21 (Fri) 19:30~21:30

This is a program where we show a film by a young and upcoming film director active in Fukuoka. The film depicts with realism, a complex environment surrounding students today.

The Sky Is...

2018/Japan

Directed by Norikazu Oda

The Sky Is...

Will my sins disappear?
Grandpa begins Twitter to get close to his granddaughter.

In the winter of her second year in high school, a high school girl rescues an old man being blackmailed by a group of high school girls. The old man then asks the girl to teach him Twitter. The old man had just started Twitter to communicate with his granddaughter who was shutting herself out of the world by staying at home. The high school girl teaches the old man Twitter and gradually his popularity rises on Twitter. However his granddaughter doesn’t follow his Twitter tweets and time just goes by...

Program(3) Fukuoka Short Animation Package

Sept. 22 (Sat) 13:00~15:00

AniMessage -FIFF edition-

2018/Japan

Directed by Kouichi Matsumoto

AniMessage -FIFF edition-

An omnibus work which sets a theme of "dream" by putting together drawings of a different touch.
Many technologies are incorporated into one to make this 90 second animation film where a variety of hand written animation starts moving in digitally designed 3D space to an original musical score. Enjoy the beauty of Japanese animation from many of the top creators, who present their many outlooks of the world.

MECHA-UDE?Mechanical Arms?

2018/Japan

Production Company: TriF studio

MECHA-UDE?Mechanical Arms?

A complete original piece of animation which started out as an independent production of Sae Okamoto, an animator at TriF studio.
"Mecha-Ude~Mechanical Arms~" is a battle royal animation depicting the friendship between Hikaru, a junior high school boy, and "Arma", an arm shaped organism from outer space. This is a complete original piece of animation content which started out as an independent production project of Sae Okamoto, an animator at TriF studio. The project has grown to where Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of CyberConnect2 Co. Ltd., is in charge of Supervision. The project also has secured an all-star cast of voice over actors and actresses. With funds in the amount of \12 million for the production of the pilot program secured through cloud funding from Japan and abroad, the production crew is now diligently working towards completing the project by this fall.

TIME DRIVER:The Future We Drew

2018/Japan

Directed by Junichi Yamamoto

TIME DRIVER:The Future We Drew

A story about what happens to grown ups who as children maneuvered a robot and saved the world.
Despite working in the sales department of a major toy company, a 27 year-old man has trouble chasing his dreams and as a result, keeps spending his days easily getting depressed. Even his girlfriend Ai who he knows from his childhood is losing patience on him. One day "Time Driver", a robot that runs on the power of dreams, the idea of which he came up with as a child, suddenly appears before his eyes. He is forced into the cockpit of the robot, where he sees none other than himself when he was 12 years-old!

The Finale Song

2017/Japan

Planning, Direction and Design by Motohiro Shirakawa (KOO-KI)
Produced by Motoharu Nishimura (anno lab)

The Finale Song

This isn’t the end here. The story will go on even after the finale.
The work was produced for the event to support Minami Aso Village in its recovery effort after being hit by the giant Kumamoto Earthquake, which measured an intensity of M6.5. To the many people who care for those in the region affected by the earthquake, a message was included, interwoven with images of the people and landscape of Minami Aso Village, that "things won’t just end here because this is a finale, and that the story will continue".

She’s in love

2018/Japan

Produced by MASTER LIGHTS Inc.

She’s in love

The animation is produced in a new genre called "fashion animation". Illustrations, taking their theme from "Koisuru Ehon" , are shown one at a time. Eisaku Kubonouchi, the animator known for his "Aoharu" series of animation was in charge of the original draft and character design. Saeri Natsuo, known for her high level of popularity from her wild fantasy SNS tweets, was in charge of the script. Romances are depicted involving four female protagonists of different generations(high school, the university and adult society).

Caribadix

2017, 2018/Japan

Produced by JAPANCOUNTDOWN Anime Seisaku Iinkai

Caribadix

A 3 girl band tries out for the festival!
Short animation within the program "JAPAN COUNTDOWN" which is being broadcasted every Sunday morning from 9:30~10:00. Last season, Dicky, the wolf, who loves rock music and Karena, the squirrel with a malicious tongue, formed a band and tried out for the festival but things only ended in loose talk. However, in the new season, which started this April , a 3 girl band centered on Karena suddenly appears. They perform a variety of music compositions with Karena singing.

Pokemon Daisuki Club・Pokemon songs

2017, 2018/Japan

Produced by Pokemon Daisuki Club

A series of enjoyable musical compositions matching the Pokemon characters.
A series of Pokemon songs made available on the official Pokemon Daisuki Club web site. Tentacool, Gengar, Pyukumuku and Staryu. The charm of the Pokemon characters are delivered through their songs which range from fun songs to songs which may seem a bit strange.

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  • ASIA center

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