Sunday, May 30, 2010

Silver Screen and a pack of Pocky,anybody?

June is around the corner and so is the 7th Japanese Film Festival 2010! Taking place from the 17th to the 21st of June at GSC Mid Valley and GSC 1 Utama and from the 25th to the 27th June 2010 at GSC Gurney Plaza, Golden Screen Cinemas has selected a series of 8 movies to be screened this year. To celebrate for the 7th anniversary of this film festival, "Dear Doctor" starring Shofukutei Tsurube and Eita is chosen to be the opening film.

Here are the list of films that are participating for this festival. (Source: JFKL)

"Dear Doctor"(2009)

【Cast】SHOFUKUTEI Tsurube, Eita, YO Kimiko, YACHIGUSA Kaoru
A young doctor, a recent graduate of a Tokyo medical school is assigned as an intern to a small mountain village. Tidy rice paddies layer the mountainside and there’s not a store in sight. It is a typically under-populated village with a majority of elderly villagers. There, he encounters Ino, a veteran doctor who is awfully friendly.

“Dog in a Sidecar”(2007)

【Dir】NEGISHI Kichitaro
Kaoru looks back on her summer holidays in her 4th year at school 20 years ago. During the holidays, her mother suddenly left home. Instead, Yoko-san appeared. She is bold, easy-going, not bothered by details and jauntily drives a German-made Road Racer. Shy and introvert Kaoru is gradually attracted to Yoko whose character is completely opposite to hers.

“Feel the Wind”(2009)

【Dir】Omori Sumio
【Cast】KOIDE Keisuke, HAYASHI Kento, NAKAMURA Yuichi
Anyone would agree, that the challenge they undertook was impossible. Haiji was an elite runner until his fateful injury. He encounters Kakeru, a gifted runner who got kicked out from the track team after a trouble with his high school coach. Haiji immediately feels that Kakeru is the runner that will make his dream come true.

“NORIBEN ~the Recipe of Fortune~ ”(2009)

【Dir】OGATA Akira
【Cast】KONISHI Manami, OKADA Yoshinori, MURAKAMI Jun
Komaki leaves her good-for-nothing husband and takes her daughter back to live with her mother at the home that she was raised in. She doesn’t want to become a burden to her mother, so looks for a job. But there are few employment opportunities for an over-30 single mother with no qualifications and no experience. The only thing she is good at is making lunch box.

“One Million Yen Girl”(2008)

【Dir】TANADA Yuki
【Cast】AOI Yu, MORIYAMA Mirai, Pierre TAKI
Suzuko graduates from a college, but without any skills to speak of, she becomes a job-hopping part-timer. Then she gets convicted for a trivial incident and neighbors and her family treat her as a nuisance. Suzuko decides to save up one million yen to leave for somewhere where no one knows her, and then to move onto another town with another one million yen saved up.

“THE SUMMIT: A Chronicle of Stones”(2009)

【Dir】KIMURA Daisaku
【Cast】ASANO Tadanobu, KAGAWA Teruyuki, MATSUDA Ryuhei
The year is 1907. Shibasaki, renowned for his skills as a surveyor, is suddenly called to General Staff Headquarters, where he receives orders to conquer Mt. Tsurugidake, the last uncharted region of Japan. The mountain stands 2,999m above sea level and sometimes referred as “needle mountain” or “mountain of death” for its inaccessibility.

“YAMAZAKURA – The Cherry Tree in the Hills”(2007)

In the late Edo period, Noe has lost her first husband and under advisement, has married into the Isomura family. However, Noe is unable to adapt to the family traditions, making her everyday life miserable. One day, on the way home from visiting her aunt’s grave, she encounters a samurai under a wild cherry tree. The man cuts off a branch of the tree for her.

“5 Centimeters per Second” (2007)

【Dir】SHINKAI Makoto
【Cast】MIZUHASHI Kenji, KONDO Yoshimi, HANAMURA Satomi
Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari had been apart since they left elementary school, however, they kept in touch by exchanging letters as they had feelings for each other. One day in winter, Takaki left Tokyo and set off for Tochigi where Akari lives. The train is delayed by heavy snow and he is alone in his carriage, as the time ticks away.


I've just IMDB-ed the movies and so wanna watch all of these movies! Every movies sounds so interesting, especially "Dear Doctor". Besides that, the cast for the movies listed above are really strong. I'm really curious to see Higashiyama san in a Jidaigeki (period drama) and Takeuchi Yuko, she's one of my favorite actress. There is also Kagawa Teruyuki who did an awesome job in Kaiji, Konishi Manami, Aoi Yu Okada Junichi's ex girlfriend, Koide Koisuke of Gokusen 2, and also Eita who is doing really well with his acting career these days.

Tickets cost only RM5! Twice cheaper than your usual movie ticket. Looks like it's time to stock up some Japanese snacks and head to the cinema soon!

For more information, visit JFKL's event page here.

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