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'
, covering films with the theme of 'making people laugh'
and 'making people feel happy after viewing'
- 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:
- Japan - Michihito Fujii
- USA - Peter Segal
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
- USA Ben Stiller
Jurors: Sadao Nakajima, Gary Tang, Yoko Narahashi, Etsuko Higa, LiLiCo
- Denmark - Ask Hasselbalch
- Japan - Hiroshi Shinagawa
Jackass Presents: Bad Grampa
- USA - Jeff Tremaine
- Japan - Katsuhide Motoki
- India - Mrigdeep Singh Lamba
- 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
- 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)
- 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