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
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.