Japanese Film Festival, which will take place later this month in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu in partnership with the Japan Foundation, is showcasing a collection of nine films that cut across genres.
The films showcased draw on the rich history of Japanese cinema, where somber samurai dramas play alongside vibrant and bubbly anime films.
While the film festival is showcasing more recent work from a cross-section of directors that Nepali audiences might not be familiar with, it can serve as an introduction to Japanese cinema, whose films win plaudits across the world.
Festival will be screening a number of animated work alongside live-action films. While ‘5 Centimeters per Second’ might be the highlight of the festival’s animated offerings, ‘Time of Eve’ and ‘Pop in Q’ are both popular works in Japan that warrant a viewing.
Among the festival’s most interesting of offerings is Ninja Kids, a family-friendly children’s film by acclaimed director Takashi Miike, who is known more for over-the-top violence in his films. No doubt, Ninja Kids will make for an entertaining and interesting watch.
Another film that Nepali audiences should look out for is Survival Family, a film that explores the effects of technology on society and relationships. Directed by Shinobu Yaguchi, the film follows a family’s attempts at surviving a global electricity failure —one notable example being Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2001 film, Pulse.
The films to be showcased at the Japanese Film Festival are noticeably lighter and more family-friendly, since they are intended to appeal to a wide Nepali audience. But no doubt, the films make for a perfect introduction to the rich world of Japanese cinema.
The Japanese Film Festival will take place in Pokhara from March 15-16 at the Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Gaira Patan; and in Kathmandu from March 22-23 at the Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Club in Tundikhel, and March 29-30 at the Japanese Embassy in Panipokhari. Subtitles will be in English and entry is free.
Source : The Kathmandu Post