Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2019

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September 13th(Fri.) to 19th(Thu.) 2019

SCREENING PROGRAM

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

  • Tehran: City of Love
  • Night God
  • Sivaranjani and Two Other Women
  • Demons
  • Ten Seconds Before Sunrise
  • Manta Ray
  • Alpha, The Right To Kill
  • Lakbayan (Journey)
  • Markado: The Moon Devourer
  • Jinpa
  • A Family Tour
  • Fukuoka

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

Asia’s much talked about films, some making their Japanese Premiere here!

Legend

JS
Japanese subtitled
ES
English subtitled
JP
Japanese Premiere
KP
Kyushu Premiere
IP
International Premiere
FC
Supported by the Fukuoka Film Commission
   

Tehran: City of Love

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2019 / Iran, UK, Netherlands / 102 min.

Directed by Ali Jaberansari

Time Schedule
Sept.14 10:00 / Sept.18 10:45 / Sept.19 16:45
Tehran: City of Love
The middle-aged and broken-hearted,
longing for love in the cold city.

An ex-body building champ, now a trainer, finds secret excitement in being able to train a young man. A beauty clinic employee, lacking confidence in her figure, uses her sexy voice to seduce men she feels she could never have. And a religious singer tries to become a wedding singer to increase his odds of finding the love of his life.

Night God

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2018 / Kazakhstan / 110 min.

Directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Time Schedule
Sept.15 16:00 / Sept.17 14:05 / Sept.19 10:00
Night God
Who is this “Night God”
who will reduce everyone to ashes?

A story of a man, who swore he would never return home, and his daughter. His town is overrun by darkness. “All who see the huge face of God in the sky will be reduced to ashes.” Fearing the end of the world, people live in chaos, forsaking God and good versus evil. The violence and absurdity the father and daughter go through, are depicted with graphic imagery and allegorical metaphor.

Sivaranjani and Two Other Women

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2018 / India / 123 min.

Directed by Vasanth S. Sai

Time Schedule
Sept.15 10:15 / Sept.18 16:15 / Sept.19 10:15
Sivaranjani and Two Other Women
Women stand up despite their never changing status.

The husband leaves when his wife talks back. Because of “family honor”, a working housewife must disclose her diary to her husband’s family. Sivaranjani, now a housewife, is too busy caring for members of her new family to do anything else. The film depicts, through 3 women in different eras, the never-ending reality behind female discrimination in India.

Demons

  • JS
  • JP
  • English Dialougue

2018 / Singapore / 83 min.

Directed by Daniel Hui

Time Schedule
Sept.15 19:30 / Sept.17 10:00 / Sept.19 12:30
Demons
Latent terror and insanity in a group society.

Vicky, an actress, is given the starring role in a play directed by Daniel, an esteemed stage director. Ever since, she feels empty and experiences strange hallucinations. Daniel gets scared also over the absurd behavior of those around him and the strange nightmares he has. A satirical horror film on latent terror and insanity behind artistic authority in a group society.

Ten Seconds Before Sunrise

  • JS
  • ES
  • IP

2018 / Indonesia / 82 min

Directed by Teddy Soeriaatmadja

Time Schedule
Sept.14 18:30 / Sept.18 13:45 / Sept.19 12:45
Ten Seconds Before Sunrise
Light but thrilling.
Jakarta’s glittering night life.

Southeast Asia’s largest “DWP” Rave Event is to be held in Jakarta. Bayu, who owns a record store, is invited by his friends. Yet his reaction is cold…As if entangled like a mosaic, Bayu’s group and a former girlfriend of a friend and a drug dealer all scurry to the wild night party. Good visuals and sound. The film director’s skills shine in the film.

Manta Ray

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2018 / Thailand, France, China / 105 min.

Directed by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Time Schedule
Sept.16 10:15 / Sept.17 14:30 / Sept.18 13:00
Manta Ray
Japanese subtitles provided by Tokyo FILMeX
Friendship and suspense close to the Myanmar border.

Set in a Thailand village facing the sea near the Myanmar border where at one time, many Rohingya* refugees drowned, a young fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. Naming him “Thongchai”, the two live together but when the fisherman disappears at sea one day, Thongchai takes over his friend’s life. Then the former wife of the missing fisherman appears…。

* Rohingya Refugees : An Islamic ethnic minority of about a million people without a country residing mainly in the state of Rakhine in Western Myanmar, who were persecuted starting in the 1990s.

Alpha, The Right To Kill

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2018 / Philippines / 94 min.

Directed by Brillante Ma. Mendoza

Time Schedule
Sept.14 13:30 / Sept.16 17:15 / Sept.19 17:00
Alpha, The Right To Kill
Japanese subtitles provided by Tokyo FILMeX
Exposing Manila's black-marketeering drug war.

Ordered to exterminate a drug syndicate, known for their large-scale drug trafficking, a police officer, using an informant, moves in with a SWAT team to bust the drug transaction. Brillante Ma. Mendoza makes full use of his famous hand-held cinematography to graphically depict both the open and hidden lifestyle of the police officer who is a good father.

Lakbayan (Journey)

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2018 / Philippines / 118 min.

Directed by Brillante Ma. Mendoza, Lav Diaz, Kidlat Tahimik

Time Schedule
Sept.14 10:15 / Sept.16 13:00 / Sept.19 19:15
それぞれの道のり Lakbayan (Journey)
Japanese subtitles provided by the Tokyo International Film Festival
Three Unique Directors: Where will Their “Journey” Take Us?

This is an omnibus film directed by 3 masters of Philippine Art Cinema, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Filipino cinema. The unifying theme is “journey”. Diaz overwhelms us with the serene, magical beauty of his monochrome long takes. Mendoza brings us an overflowing presence of imagery through his hand-held camerawork. Tahimik offers us a vivid story of a journey with his son.

Markado: The Moon Devourer

  • JS
  • ES
  • IP

2018 / Philippines / 90 min.

Directed by Joe Bacus

Time Schedule
Sept.14 18:15 / Sept.18 10:15 / Sept.19 14:45
Markado: The Moon Devourer
What lies beyond despair?

Flooding caused by a large typhoon brings devastation to the city and its people. Theft, murder, kidnapping and brutal and atrocious crime is rampant in the city. Sab, who survived, works as a drug carrier to a drug syndicate for the sake of her grandmother, the only remaining family member, but…An ambitious film using bold film structure such as stop motion animation with a miniature set.

Jinpa

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2018 / China / 87 min.

Directed by Pema Tseden

Time Schedule
Sept.14 16:15 / Sept.16 20:15 / Sept.17 12:30
Jinpa
Japanese Subtitles provided by Tokyo FILMeX
A dream or reality?
Present life or past life?

Produced by Wong Kar-wai and set in the vast plains of Tibet, the film depicts the encounter of two men named “Jinpa” using overwhelming artistic skills which merge reality with illusion. A truck driver named Jinpa accidentally runs over and kills a sheep. He later picks up a man travelling across the wilderness. Also named Jinpa, the man is out to carry out a long thought out revenge of murder.

A Family Tour

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2018 / Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia / 107 min.

Directed by Ying Liang

Time Schedule
Sept.14 21:00 / Sept.16 15:00 / Sept.17 16:45
A Family Tour
Japanese subtitles provided by Tokyo FILMeX
Conflicts of a Filmmaker : Freedom to Create vs One’s Family.

Yang’s film offends the government so she resides in exile in Hong Kong. Her mother in mainland China, however, must have a cancer operation. Yang participates in a film festival in Taiwan and brings her husband and son along to meet her mother who comes to the island on a Chinese mainland company leisure tour, but…A film that projects the film director’s very own circumstances in life.

Fukuoka

  • FC
  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2019 / Korea / 86 min.

Directed by Zhang Lu

Time Schedule
Sept.15 13:30 / Sept.16 17:30 / Sept.18 19:00
Fukuoka
Two Middle-Aged Men and a Young Girl in Fukuoka.

Jea-moon, a used bookstore owner in Seoul, is invited by So-dam, a regular client of his, to visit Fukuoka. It happens that Hae-hyo, who fought with Jea-moon over a woman they both fell for in college, lives in Fukuoka. The much talked about new film from film director Zhang Lu, set in Fukuoka, a city he is very fond of.

  • Tehran: City of Love
  • Night God
  • Sivaranjani and Two Other Women
  • Demons
  • Ten Seconds Before Sunrise
  • Manta Ray
  • Alpha, The Right To Kill
  • Lakbayan (Journey)
  • Markado: The Moon Devourer
  • Jinpa
  • A Family Tour
  • Fukuoka

Special Feature:

Going Regional in Southeast Asia

* Here, Regional refers to unique, cultural areas. Our special feature will present a collection of fantastic, made-in unique cultural area films from Southeast Asia.

Regional space, with its small cultural universe, and its ties to highly artistic works. Might not this be the type of vision that we need? Sending out excellent works to the world by having a creative nucleus extending in whole to the unique cultural grounds of the Region. We think this is the direction that we should proceed. For if we do not, we fear that the identity of Asian films may be lost by virtue of the ongoing normalization of globalization. Thus, we would like to embark on our new step from here.

Humba Dreams

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2019 / Indonesia / 75 min.

Directed by Riri Riza

Time Schedule
Sept.15 19:15 / Sept.17 10:15
Humba Dreams
A road movie of youth about one film.

A student studying filmmaking in Jakarta visits his home on the Island of Humba (Sumba). He ends up journeying through the island to find chemicals to develop a 16mm roll of film his late father left behind. He then meets a beautiful woman who he becomes intensely attracted to… The unique warmth of an analog roll of film is included in the story of the student embarking on a journey to find his identity.

Other Man's Wife

  • JS
  • ES
  • IP

2018 / Indonesia / 99 min.

Directed by Dirmawan Hatta

Time Schedule
Sept.15 10:00 / Sept.18 16:00
Other Man's Wife
What hope does she find in a daily life of subordination?

Set in the Kangean Islands between the Java Sea and the Makassar Strait. With the passing of her mother, the only person who understood her, a high school girl builds an emotional wall around her. She’s in despair because the life she lives tells her “women are merely property to men, who rule the world.” She merely obeys what men tell her until she meets someone, she really wants to love…

The Wall

  • JS
  • ES
  • IP

2018 / Thailand / 95 min.

Directed by Boonsong Nakphoo

Time Schedule
Sept.14 13:15 / Sept.19 14:30
The Wall
A film director’s passion and story of his youth.

Taking two assistants, an independent film director visits his home to shoot his new film. He then remembers his boyhood dreams and regrets as if they happened yesterday. With budget problems, he gets an idea of making a film about something that happened when he was training to be a monk. Filmed in the provinces of Phetchabun and Sukhothai, where the film director spent his youth.

Special Feature:

Zhang Lu Films

Commemorating the Film “Fukuoka”: Poetry Transcending Borders

Fascinated by Zhang Lu’s films, we have shown 5 of his motion pictures in the last 10 years. The mutual affection between the film director and our film festival has come to fruition in the form of Zhang Lu completing his latest film, “Fukuoka.” Zhang Lu travels between space. He crosses borders and has vision. Before anyone notices, a modest place turns into a poetic metaphor. Being tossed about by history, the film director is deeply embedded in the metaphor. So please enjoy the unique, visual space where the past and present, life and death, transcend among each other. We also will hold a symposium.

Fukuoka

  • FC
  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2019 / Korea / 86 min.

Directed by Zhang Lu

Time Schedule
Sept.15 13:30 / Sept.16 17:30 / Sept.18 19:00
Fukuoka
Two Middle-Aged Men and a Young Girl in Fukuoka.

Jea-moon, a used bookstore owner in Seoul, is invited by So-dam, a regular client of his, to visit Fukuoka. It happens that Hae-hyo, who fought with Jea-moon over a woman they both fell for in college, lives in Fukuoka. The much talked about new film from film director Zhang Lu, set in Fukuoka, a city he is very fond of.

Ode to the Goose

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2018 / Korea / 121 min.

Directed by Zhang Lu

Time Schedule
Sept.15 17:00
Ode to the Goose
Japanese subtitles provided by the Osaka Asian Film Festival
A man and woman in a city with a unique sense of air and flow of time.

An amateur poet and an older woman decide to visit the city of Gunsan, which still has the image of when it was under Japanese rule. They stay at a Japanese style residence taking lodgers where the silent owner, a widower, lives with his autistic daughter. Zhang Lu’s “City Series” film after “Gyeonju.

Screenings at the Cine-la (Fukuoka City Public Library)

Desert Dream

  • JS
  • ES

2006 / Mongolia, Korea, France / 125 min.

Directed by Zhang Lu

Time Schedule
Sept.16 11:00
Desert Dream
A man who remains and a woman and child who flee from home.

A desert village near the border of China and Mongolia. Many leave unable to bear the harsh environment. The few that remain plant trees and sow seeds with Hungai, their leader. However, even his wife must leave due to their daughter’s illness. To Hungai, who turns to alcohol to cope with despair and sadness, appears a woman and her son fleeing from distant North Korea.

Screenings at the Cine-la (Fukuoka City Public Library)

Dooman River

  • JS
  • ES

2010 / China, Korea, France / 92 min.

Directed by Zhang Lu

Time Schedule
Sept.16 14:00
Dooman River
The Friendship and Apathy of Pure and Untainted Boys.

The Dooman River runs between China and North Korea. Chang-ho, the protagonist, meets a boy from North Korea who crosses the river often for food and returns home. The two boys become friends but the village has trouble with North Korean defectors. What awaits the two is a sad reality that no amount of smooth-talking can solve. Shown here in 2010 and winner of a Special Mention at Berlinale.

Screenings at the Cine-la(Fukuoka City Public Library)

Venue: Fukuoka City Public Library Movie Hall Cine-la 7-3-1
Momochihama, Fukuoka City Tel:092-852-0600(Library)
Admission : Adults / 500, University / College / High School / 400, Junior High / Elementary School / 300

* At the door tickets only. No advance tickets available.

* Film Festival tickets not accepted.

Special Feature:

Japanese Films
Film Director Kurahara Koreyoshi :
Being Cinematic and Maybe Too Cinematic

Of the Japanese film directors who dashed through post-war Japan, Kurahara Koreyoshi was unjustly underrated and forgotten considering the cinematic ability he possessed. Maybe this is because he was regarded merely as a film director featuring big stars such as Ishihara Yujiro and Asaoka Ruriko or just an artisan film director who completed blockbuster hits such as “Antarctica” and “The Glacier Fox.” Not holding on to one’s principle was just being too cinematic. Just by looking at the 3 films we are showing, we can see his astonishingly modern approach and his keen sense of critique of the time. In other words, he was a film director who would make exciting motion pictures.

Ⅰ Hate But Love

1962 / Japan / 105 min.

Directed by Kurahara Koreyoshi

Time Schedule
Sept. 16 12:45
Ⅰ Hate But Love
©Nikkatsu
The man just moves to confirm true love…

Mega star Kita Daisuke (Ishihara Yujiro) has been dating his manager Noriko (Asaoka Ruriko) for 2 years now, but something isn’t right. So, what does he do when he’s attracted to the pure love of a girl he meets at a program? Japan’s first road movie where a beat-up jeep races 1600 kilometers from Tokyo to the Kyushu area. The Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in the middle of the journey is awesome!

Black Sun

1964 / Japan / 95 min.

Directed by Kurahara Koreyoshi

Time Schedule
Sept.14 20:45
Black Sun
©Nikkatsu
Dissonance to the music of Modern Jazz…

Funky youngster Akira (Kawachi Tamio), is fascinated with black jazz music. He then meets Gill (Chico Roland), a black soldier wanted for murder. What sour notes do they strike and what awaits them? The drum solo of Max Roach which arouses intense passion in the film, turns this motion picture, with an energetic direction of conflict and friendship, into an avant-garde beat action film.。

The Song of Awakening

1965 / Japan / 93 min.

Directed by Kurahara Koreyoshi

Time Schedule
Sept. 16 20:00
The Song of Awakening
©Nikkatsu
Do people endure darkness out of some belief in an Awakening?

Decadent wild parties… There is a storm brewing inside of Midorikawa Noriko (Asaoka Ruriko), a musical star. She feels she is intensely moved by the pure love between Toshio (Hamada Mitsuo), a youth she accidentally meets, and Chikako (Matsubara Chieko), a girl suffering from an eye disease. Can Noriko find her own “awakening” to guide her to the path in life she must face?

Commemorative Screenings

90th Anniversary of the Establishmen of Diplomatic Relationship Between Japan and the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2019

The Salesman

  • JS

2016 / France, Iran / 124 min.

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Time Schedule
Sept. 17 19:00
The Salesman
©MEMENTOFILMS PRODUCTION-ASGHAR Farhadi PRODUCTION - ARTE FRANCE  CINEMA 2016
A strong psycho-suspense altering daily life dramatically.

A young married couple are both active in a theatrical troupe. An incident, however, dramatically changes their daily lives…

30th Anniversary of the Sister City Relationship Between Ipoh and Fukuoka and the 10th Year Anniversary of the Death of Film Director Yasmin Ahmad

Sepet

  • JS
  • ES

2004 / Malaysia / 107 min.

Directed by Yasmin Ahmad

Time Schedule
Sept.19 19:00
Sepet
A story of first Love in a multi-ethnic society.

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of film director Yasmin Ahmad’s sudden death in July, 2009, we will be showing her first theatrical feature film which brought her world-wide fame.

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Invictus

2009 / USA / 133 min.

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Time Schedule
Sept.15 13:00
Invictus
©2009 WARNER BROS.ENTERTAINMENT INC.
The true story of one plea that changed the world…

Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first black President, makes plans to rebuild the country’s rugby team. Fortitude would create a miracle.

Barrier Free Screening

The Film,“Mentaipiriri”

  • FC

2019 / Japan / 115 min.

Directed by Eguchi Kan

Time Schedule
Sept. 16 10:00
Mentaipiriri
©2019“Mentaipiriri” Production Committee
Popular also as a television drama and theatrical play…

“Fukuya” of Fukuoka City sells “Karashi Mentaiko” (salted cod roe seasoned in red chili pepper spice). Using the company founder, Kawahara Toshio, as its model, the film depicts behind the scene tales of product development and ties between his family and the regional community.

Films Supported by the Fukuoka Film Commission

A film commission is a support organization that assists film and television program production so their filming can proceed smoothly. Being in charge of support activities and recommending film location sites, we have greatly assisted the economy and tourism of the region. On this occasion, we will show films which used Fukuoka as its film location.

Electric Jellyfish Incident

  • FC

2019 /Japan / 98 min.

Directed by Kayano Takayuki

Time Schedule
Sept. 17 19:30 /Free Invitation Ticket Required
Electric Jellyfish Incident
©Electric Jellyfish Incident Production Committee
Real Fukuoka and Really Hackers. This is Where It’s At!

Set in Fukuoka, a city for IT and start-up companies, hackers, detectives and outlaws engage in a battle of the minds. With a Kyushu cast and staff, the film was entirely filmed in Fukuoka.

* To see the film, you will need a free ticket to the “Fukuoka Audience Award and Special Screening.” On how to apply, please access here.

Fukuoka Panorama

A select screening of works by visual creators active in Fukuoka, works that are set in Fukuoka and works with “Fukuoka” as their key word.

AOHARU-FLAG

  • FC

2019 / Japan/ 38 min.

Directed by Oda Norikazu

Time Schedule
Sept. 18 19:30

AOHARU-FLAG
©2019 Usepip Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

A love comedy human drama of young people dealing with friendship, romance and family which come about as a result of the protagonist establishing a theatrical troupe.

guilty day

  • FC

2019 / Japan / 48 min.

Directed by Oda Norikazu

Time Schedule
Sept. 18 19:30

guilty day
©2019 Usepip Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

16 people who know nothing about each other, assemble in one room with only a PC. The past, which won’t disappear, starts to take revenge.

HAKATAMENTAI!PIRIKARAKOCHAN

  • FC

2019/Japan

Produced by PIRIKARAKOCHAN Production Committee

Time Schedule
Sept. 14 16:00

HAKATAMENTAI!PIRIKARAKOCHAN
©PIRIKARAKOCHAN Production Committee

This is a street with stores that looks like but doesn’t look like Hakata. Tasty incidents are going to occur again today! A slapstick drama about everyday life with sprites of food and cuisine.

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