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1996 (6th)

1996Click on image to open festival catalogue pdf file.
HELD : 13th – 23rd September, 1996
VENUES : Solaria Cinema 1, Toei Grand, Meiji Seimei Hall,Tsukushi Kaikan, Fukuoka City Public Library Movie Hall
EXHIBITION OF : 40 films from 12 nations and
ATTENDANCE: Focus on Asia ’96 – FIFF 13,693
Jointly Organized Event 1,967
TOTAL 15,660
OPENING FILM: Festival(1996/Rep. of Korea)

 June, 1996, saw the inauguration of the Fukuoka City Public
Library Film Archive, which researches, collects, acquires,
preserves and exhibits visual material centered around masterpieces
in Asian and Japanese cinema. The Film Archive has enhanced
the significance of Fukuoka as a center of information on Asian
films. Since 1996, a system has been established where titles
exhibited at our festival are acquired into the collection of
the Film Archive.

 The festival in 1996 featured a collection of films from the
Philippines, one of a few countries in the world where the domestic
film industry can stand up to American films in terms of box
office success. Centered on powerful, robust and entertaining
films, the collection brought great excitement to the audience
which included Filipinos residing in Fukuoka. In particular,
Marilou Diaz-Abaya, a participant to our 1995 as well as 1996
festival, has come to place her most recent works for exhibition
with us. Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s positive attitude towards exchanging
opportunities with local civic groups has made her one of Fukuoka’s
best known filmmakers from Asia. Regarding exchange, we found
Ahn Sung-Kee, the famous Korean actor, surrounded by a crowd
asking for his autograph after the screening of Festival.
The introduction of Bombay, an entertaining film full of song
and dance dealing with a social issue, can be regarded as the
starting point in the popular trend of mainstream Indian cinema
in Japan which we expect to see more of. The festival had the
opportunity to introduce Bag of Rice, a collaboration effort
between a Japanese and Iranian company, realized as a result
of the Iranian film director’s participation in our festival
the year before. Additionally, two newcomers, Prasanna Vithanage
of Sri Lanka and U-Wei Bin Hajisaari of Malaysia were selected
by NHK for collaborative projects.
After the 1996 festival, Korean film director, Park Chul-Soo,
came to Fukuoka to direct an international public relations
video for the City of Fukuoka.

 Starting in 1996, the festival began passing out three editions
of its Festival News, a bulletin report of comments made by
festival participants to the audience, during the course of
its festivity.


and part of the Fukuoka City Public Library Film Archive Collection
Madonna and Child Dir. Marilou Diaz-Abaya 1996/Philippines/Color/121min.
The Flor Contemplacion Story Dir. Joel Lamangan 1995/Philippines/Color/123min.
Yesterday’s Promise Dir. Joel Lamangan 1994/Philippines/Color/136min.
Rage Dir. Chito Rono 1995/Philippines/Color/104min.
Loving Someone Dir. Jose Javier Reyes 1993/Philippines/Color/117min.
Because I Love You Dir. Laurice Guillen 1993/Philippines/Color/110min.
Touch Me No Dir. Gerardo de Leon 1961/Philippines/B & W/180min.
Leily is with Me Dir. Kamal Tabrizi 1996/Iran/Color/100min.
The Father Dir. Majid Majidi 1996/Iran/Color/92min.
Bag of Rice Dir. Mohammad-Ali Talebi 1996/Iran/Japan/Color/81min.
Bombay Dir. Maniratnam 1995/India/Color/140min.
Dark Night of the Soul Dir. Prasanna Vithanage 1995/Sri Lanka/Color/82min.
The Arsonist Dir. U-Wei Bin Hajisaari 1994/Malaysia/Color/70min.
Gone, Gone, Forever Gone Dir. Ho Quang Minh 1996/Vietnam/Switzerland/Color/85min.
On the Beat Dir. Ning Ying 1995/China/Color/102min.
Stage Door Dir. Shu Kei 1995/Hong Kong/Color/87min.
Tropical Fish Dir. Chen Yu-Hsun 1995/Taiwan/Color/108min.
Festival Dir. Im Kwon-Taek 1996/Korea/Color/100min.
Three-Oh-One, Three-Oh-Two Dir. Park Chul-Soo 1995/Korea/Color/99min.
Village of Dreams Dir. Yoichi Higashi 1995/Japan/Color/112min.

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