Ja­panese treat

The Ja­panese Film Fes­ti­val re­turns with a wide se­lec­tion of movies.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - BY ROUWEN LIN entertainment@ thes­tar. com. my

IN JA­PAN, movies based on pop­u­lar comic se­ries are cur­rently en­joy­ing a surge in pop­u­lar­ity. Re­flect­ing this trend, the up­com­ing 13th Ja­panese Film Fes­ti­val in Malaysia boasts sev­eral of such pro­duc­tions in its lineup this year.

Baku­man, Chi­haya­furu ( Part 1 and 2) and My Love Story!!, all adapted from best- sell­ing manga, will be show­ing at se­lected Golden Screen Cine­mas ( GSC) out­lets in Klang Val­ley, Pe­nang, Kota Kin­a­balu and Kuching.

“While some may per­ceive comics as child­hood di­ver­sions, that is sim­ply not the case in Ja­pan. A com­bi­na­tion of rich sto­ry­lines and in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters en­sure that these ti­tles can be en­joyed by the whole fam­ily,” says Kyoko Ku­gai, Asia cen­ter se­nior pro­gramme of­fi­cer at The Ja­pan Foun­da­tion, Kuala Lumpur.

Or­gan­ised by The Ja­pan Foun­da­tion, Kuala Lumpur, this year’s edi­tion of the Ja­panese Film Fes­ti­val presents an eclec­tic lineup of 13 cur­rent and ac­claimed ti­tles, across a va­ri­ety of gen­res, with com­edy, drama and an­i­ma­tion, dom­i­nat­ing the lineup.

Award- win­ning vet­eran ac­tress Kiki Kilin makes an ap­pear­ance in the movies Af­ter The Storm and An.

The Ja­panese Film Fes­ti­val will kick off in Klang Val­ley ( GSC Mid Val­ley, GSC Pav­il­ion KL, GSC 1Utama and GSC Nu Sen­tral) from Sept 8- 14, be­fore mov­ing to Pe­nang ( GSC Gur­ney Plaza) from Sept 15- 18, Kuching ( GSC Ci­tyONE Mega­mall) from Sept 22- 25, and Kota Kin­a­balu ( GSC Suria Sabah) from Sept 29- Oct 2.

Tick­ets for all screen­ings, priced at RM8 each, can be pur­chased from Sept 6 on­wards via GSC e- pay­ment at gsc. com. my, GSC mo­bile app, or at par­tic­i­pat­ing GSC out­lets.

Visit www. jfkl. org. my or www. gsc. com. my for the screen­ing sched­ule.

All films are pre­sented in Ja­panese with English sub­ti­tles.

Here is a quick look at the Ja­panese film fes­ti­val ti­tles.

Af­ter The Storm ( drama, 2016) Writ­ten and di­rected by Hirokazu Kore- eda of Like Fa­ther, Like Son fame, this film fol­lows di­vorced fa­ther and gam­bler Ry­ota. What will hap­pen when he at­tempts to mend the rift be­tween him­self and his es­tranged son?

An ( drama, 2015) When the el­derly Tokue is hired to work in Sen­taro’s do­rayaki ( red bean pan­cake) stand, she doesn’t just breathe new life into the busi­ness, she also touches his life. Baku­man ( youth drama, com­edy, 2015)

Adapted from Tsug­umi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s best- sell­ing manga which has sold in ex­cess of 15 mil­lion copies, the movie fol­lows two high school stu­dents who want noth­ing more than to make it into Weekly Sho­nen Jump, the most widely- read manga mag­a­zine in Ja­pan. The Boy And The Beast ( an­i­ma­tion, 2015)

A young street urchin stum­bles into a fan­tas­tic world of beats, where he is taken in by a gruff war­rior in search of the per­fect ap­pren­tice. Won the 39th Ja­pan Academy Prize this year for Best An­i­ma­tion.

Creepy ( thriller, 2016) In this adap­ta­tion of Yu­taka Maekawa’s novel of the same name, which won the Ja­pan Mys­tery Fic­tion New­comer Award in 2011, re­tired po­lice de­tec­tive Takakura finds old habits hard to break when a fam­ily goes miss­ing. Chi­haya­furu Part 1 ( youth drama, 2016)

Three child­hood friends get se­ri­ous with Karuta, a tra­di­tional card game that dates back to the 17th cen­tury, and form a club in order to en­ter the na­tional cham­pi­onships. Adapted from Yuki Suet­sugu’s award- win­ning manga. Chi­haya­furu Part 2 ( youth drama, 2016)

The karuta club is in dire straits and its leader is dis­il­lu­sioned. Is there a way to re­store the club to its for­mer glory? Des­per­ate Sun­flow­ers ( drama, com­edy, 2016)

An adap­ta­tion of No­zomi Kat­sura’s best- sell­ing novel of the same name. In this di­rec­to­rial de­but of two- time Ja­pan Academy Prize win­ner ac­tress Kuroki Hit­omi, a suc­cess­ful but un­happy lawyer has her life up­ended by her un­ruly cousin- turned- client af­ter a mar­riage scam gone wrong.

Fly­ing Col­ors ( drama, 2015) Based on a true story adapted from a novel by Nobu­taka Tsub­ota, teenage delin­quent Sayaka en­rols at a cram school run by an overly op­ti­mistic teacher who en­cour­ages her to ap­ply for ad­mis­sion to one of the tough­est uni­ver­si­ties in Ja­pan. The Mag­nif­i­cent Nine ( com­edy, 2016)

A plucky band of busi­ness own­ers and farm­ers hatch an ingenious plot to turn their pover­tys­tricken for­tunes around. This high­est- gross­ing do­mes­tic film in Ja­pan on open­ing week­end is based on a true story adapted from Michi­fumi Isoda’s novel, Mushi no Ni­hon­jin. The Mo­hi­can Comes Home ( com­edy, drama, 2016)

An un­suc­cess­ful punk rocker re­turns to his home­town with his preg­nant girl­friend in tow, and strug­gles to please his dis­ap­prov­ing fa­ther who is very sick. My Love Story!! ( ro­mance, com­edy, 2015)

A big guy with a big heart, Takeo Goda is re­signed to the fact that his ro­man­tic pur­suits al­ways seem to end in fail­ure. An adap­ta­tion of Kazune Kawa­hara and Aruko’s best­selling manga. What A Won­der­ful Fam­ily! ( com­edy, drama, 2016)

Best known for his Otoko wa Tsurai yo film se­ries and his Sa­mu­rai Tril­ogy, this is di­rec­tor Yoji Ya­mada’s first com­edy since 1995. Shuzo has a rude shock when his du­ti­ful wife of 50 years re­quests for a divorce as a birthday present.

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