Japanese film festival opens in Myanmar
www.chinaview.cn 2009-01-18 12:29:07   Print

    YANGON, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- A Japanese film festival, aimed at strengthening the mutual friendship and boosting cultural exchange between Japan and Myanmar, opened in Myanmar's commercial city of Yangon Sunday.

    Four Japanese films, namely "Nabbie's Love", "Water Boys", "Linda Linda Linda" and "Ping Pong Bath Station" are introduced in the festival which runs until Wednesday.

    The Japanese film festival will continue in Myanmar's second largest city of Mandalay from February 23 to 26 with the same four films on the screen.

    According to the Japanese embassy, the film festival is also among a variety of exchange programs between Japan and the Mekong region countries to commemorate the 2009 Japan-Mekong Exchange Year, the logo and catch line of the event "Together toward the future, Mekong and Japan."

    Japanese film festival has been held annually in Myanmar since 2000, sponsored by the Japanese embassy in collaboration with the Japan Foundation.

    In the 2007 Japanese film festival, three movies -- "Thway", "the Stars Converges" and "Not Yet" were presented to Myanmar audiences. Of them, the "Thway", featuring Japan-Myanmar friendship and is based on a well known Myanmar novel by Journal Gyaw Ma Ma Lay, was produced by the cooperation of Japan and Myanmar under the directorship of a dedicated Japanese film director Koji Chino in cooperation with the Myanmar Ministry of Information, Myanmar directors, actors and actresses.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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