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Japanese film festival opens window on culture and society

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To promote Cambodians’ understanding of Japanese life and culture, the embassy of Japan and the Japan foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre held the third Japanese film festival 2017 from November 9 to 12.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the festival, Yuki Hamada, director of the Japan foundation of Asia center, said the event was the only featuring of screenings of Japanese cinema. The local festival was first organised by the Japan Foundation in 2015.

“During the festival, we will not only show Japanese films, but also invite directors and organise workshops related to Japanese cinema. After receiving a good response from audiences in 2016, we plan to hold the Japanese Film Festival annually,” Mr Hamada said.

Kaori Tanabe, first secretary of the Japanese embassy, said she organised the festival with the aim of fostering an understanding of Japanese culture among Cambodians.

“Twelve Japanese films will be screened with Khmer and English subtitles. Each film shows aspects of the culture, tradition, and society of Japan. I hope Cambodians will see more Japanese films and get a clearer picture of the country,” Ms Tanabe said.

Concurrently with the Japanese film festival, the embassy organised the first Japan travel fair in cooperation with the Japan National Tourism Organisation. It was held on November 11 and 12 in the Daylight plaza at AEON Mall.

Speaking at the press conference, Huy Socheat, a representative of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said the screenings of the 12 Japanese films would be held at Major Cineplex (AEON Mall) and Legend Cinema (TK Avenue) in Phnom Penh, and confirmed that there would be associated workshops presenting well-known Japanese producers and directors.

The workshops would enable Cambodia directors and producers to learn from the experiences of their Japanese counterparts, he said. This would allow them to develop the film industry in Cambodia, he added.

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