||8th -17th September, 2000
||Solaria Cinema 1, Elgala Hall,
Tsukushi Kaikan,AJIBI Hall
|EXHIBITION OF :
||50 films from 15nations and
||Focus on Asia 2000 – FIFF 16,690
Sponsored Events 2,101
Launched in 1991, the Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film
Festival celebrates its first decade in the year 2000, the year
which opens the new millennium. Out of 196 titles which were
officially invited to Fukuoka during the last nine festivals,
132 are now part of the Fukuoka City Public Library Film Archive
Collection. The Library preserves these films by retaining their
archival rights. For the tenth year of our festival, 9 of these
films preserved at the Film Archive have been selected for a
special exhibit program entitled, "Focus on Asia Retrospective
1991-1999". Together with those programmed under sponsored
and related events, we will see in the year 2000, the exhibition
of 50 films, the largest number to be screened in the history
of our festival.
Our main program to this year’s festival included films by Shaji
N. Karun, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, and Im Kwon-Taek, film directors
who can not be ignored when looking back at our 10-year history.
The Focus on Asia 2000 Fukuoka International Film Festival opened
with Im Kwon-Taek’s Chunhyang , yet another masterpiece
based on a Korean clasic. Korea’s traditional song from "Pansori"
perfectly blends in with the visual imagery of the film.
Five extraordinary films from India produced in 1999 were introduced
in the "Indian Films Collection 2000" section of our
festival. Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, the Nepalse film director,
returned to Fukuoka with his first feature film, Mask of
Desire. It was the showing of his documentary in Fukuoka
that afforded him the oppotunity to make this film. Our festival
also welcomed the first entry ever from Bhutan.
People were attracted to our official festival poster designed
by an Asian artist, a new project for our 10th anniversary.
A commemorative book featuring Asian cinema with reference to
our 10-year history was published by Japan’s leading film magazine
company, Kinema Junpo.
Another commemorative event called the Joint Asian Film Festival
was held at the Japan Foundation Forum in Tokyo in December,
2000, where 11 films selected from our festivals of the past
ten years were exhibited for the first time outside Fukuoka