Osaka Asian Film Festival 2020 Programme Announcement

Earlier this month, the organisers of the Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF) 2020 announced the full line-up for the festival which takes place from March 6-15. This is the best event to see a cross-section of Asian cinema and nearly all of the films will have English subs – the only exceptions we know so far are “Birthday”, ” House of Hummingbird”, and “Malmoe The Secret Mission”.

Despite the issues surrounding Coronavirus, the festival is still going ahead but one section, the co-hosted event “Come to Life! vol.2 Gutai and Nakanoshima”, has been cancelled due to the decision of the co-host organiser. This means six films have been removed which brings the number of selected films screened from a record 64 to 58 in total. This number includes 12 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, and 3 Asian Premieres with films submitted from countries and regions such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Poland, South Korea, Japan, and South East Asia.

Continuing on from previous editions of the festival, OAFF remains a beacon of progressive programming as 25 female directors find their works selected with over half the films in the Competition section directed by women. The festival programme features characters from across the world contesting with issues such as war, crime, bullying, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration and unionising in the workplace. OAFF continues to give a platform to filmmakers who face challenging issues, whether the films reckon with historical injustice or paint a brighter future through showing diverse characters navigating their way in our tumultuous world.

Please check the full line-up of OAFF 2020 which can be found here. Tickets for the films screening at the fest are already on sale.


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Hello! Junichi, Ryusei, Murakami Kazuo Dokyumento `SWITCH’ Idenshi ga Mezameru Shunkan, Hōmuresu Riji-chō Taigaku Kyūji Saisei Keikaku, Metamorphosis, Fukushima Rokkasho Mirai E no Dengon, Taekwondo Soul REBIRTH Japanese Film Trailers

Haru Kuroki Silver Bear Berlin Film FestivalI want to start this post by congratulating Haru Kuroki who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at this year’s Berlin Film Festival for her performance in Yoji Yamada’s Little House. Head over to the BBC website to see her reaction in a video which is adorable and very Japanese.

This week was all about getting information about the Japanese films playing at the Berlin Film Festival out to the wider world and putting up the review of the first new film I saw in 2014, All is Lost. I hope to have my review for 12 Years a Slave up next week and get the rest of the BFI London Film Festival reviews posted (two large ones which I’ll try and edit down to something more accurate, brief and concise) and start in on the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

The second trailer post of the week rounds up the trailers and the documentaries. Hello! Junichi is the big drama here and it is surrounded by lots of 3/11 documentaries. Here they are! Let’s go!

Hello! Junichi   Hello Junichi FIlm Poster

Japanese Title: ハロー! 純一

Romaji: Hallo! Junichi

Running Time: 91 mins.

Release Date: February 15th, 2014

Director: Katsuhito Ishii, Kanoko Kawaguchi, Atsushi Yoshioka

Writer: Atsushi Yoshioka, Kanoko Kawaguchi (Screenplay), Noriko Ishii (Original Novel)

Starring: Hikari Mitsushima, Amon Kabe, Ryushin Tei, Chizuru Ikewaki, Tatsuya Gashuin, Yoshiyuki Morishita

Hello! Junichi is a film that follows the lives of a group of people in a small village including 6 elementary school students and a university student (Mitsushima) apprenticing as a teacher in their school.

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