Okinawa International Movie Festival Programme Announced

Date: March 20, 2014 - March 24, 2014



The beautiful and picturesque islands of Okinawa in south Japan is the home of the Okinawa International Movie Festival, now in its 6th year and taking place from 20-24 March on Naha, Okinawa’s primary island.

The competition section of the festival is divided into two categories: ‘Laugh’ and ‘Peace’, covering films with the theme of ‘making people laugh’ and ‘making people feel happy after viewing’ respectively. ANTBOY – the Danish superhero comedy – will have its Asian premiere at the festival while the Korean baseball gorilla curio MR. GO will also receive its Japanese debut. In terms of the local entries, FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS is a remarkable co-production between a series of Japanese and European distribution companies and features comedian Oshima Miyuki perform as a middle-aged man in her celluloid debut.

The festival also boasts two crowd-pleasing International Special Screenings: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY and GRUDGE MATCH, both of which are receiving their Japanese premieres while the festival will also play a one-off screening of GRAVITY – albeit on the beach at night, on the world’s largest mobile screen! An once-off event not to be missed.

The festival’s website is here while below is a run-down of the exciting programme on offer:

Special Invitation
Oh! Father – Japan – Michihito Fujii
Grudge Match – USA – Peter Segal
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – USA Ben Stiller

Jurors: Sadao Nakajima, Gary Tang, Yoko Narahashi, Etsuko Higa, LiLiCo

Laugh Category
Antboy – Denmark – Ask Hasselbalch
One Third – Japan – Hiroshi Shinagawa
Jackass Presents: Bad Grampa – USA – Jeff Tremaine
Ultrafast! Sankinkotai – Japan – Katsuhide Motoki
Fukrey – India – Mrigdeep Singh Lamba

Peace Category
Miss Granny – Korea -Dong-hyuk Hwang
The Round Table – Japan – Isao Yukisada
Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats – Fujita Yosuke
Bay Blues, 25 years and 364 days – Japan – Tomohiro Takayama
Mr. GO – Korea – Yong-hwa Kim
F*ck you, Goethe– Germany – Bora Dagtekin

TV Director’s Movie
(This is a new section featuring collaborations between Yoshimoto Kogyo and and local Japanese TV stations)
Furiko – Norihiko Takenaga
The Love Session – Itaya Eiji
Slight Fever of 100°C ~Island Breeze of Love~ – Okamoto Koichi
NMB48 Geinin! The Movie Returns – Uchida Hidemi
Pirameki’s Children Story – Ota Yu

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