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Friday, April 23, 2004


Asian filmfest features 54 flicks

A total of 54 movies from 11 Asian countries will be screened at the National Film Center in Tokyo from April 27 to June 27 in a series titled "Asian Cinemas: 'Fertile and Diverse.' "

Nineteen movies will be from India, nine from the Philippines, five each from Thailand and Vietnam, four each from Sri Lanka and Malaysia, three from Indonesia, two from Myanmar and one each from Cambodia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Nineteen of the films will be screened for the first time in Tokyo.

These are some of the movies that will be subtitled in both Japanese and English.

"Dakhal (The Occupation)" (India, Goutam Ghose, 1981, 73 min.), May 4, 4 p.m./June 3, 7 p.m.

"Disha (The Immigrants)" (India, Sai Paranjape, 1990, 132 min.), May 6, 7 p.m./May 30, 4 p.m.

"White Page" (Cambodia, Ho Quang Minh, 1991, 99 min.), May 9, 1 p.m./ June 10, 7 p.m.

"Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul)" (Sri Lanka, Prasanna Vithanage, 1995, 80 min.), May 12, 3 p.m./June 11, 7 p.m.

"Kaki Bakar (The Arsonist)" (Malaysia, U-Wei Haji Saari, 1994, 70 min.), May 26, 3 p.m./June 24, 7 p.m.

The remaining movies, with two exceptions, will be subtitled in only Japanese. The exceptions are "The King of the White Elephant," a 1940 Thai movie (100 min.; May 12, 7 p.m./June 12, 4 p.m.) and "Japan Yinthwe (The Japanese Descendant)," Myanmar's first talkie, made in 1936 in cooperation with Japanese movie producer P.C.L. (85 min.; May 27, 3 p.m./June 25, 7 p.m.) Japanese handouts will be distributed for these two movies.

Some of the other movies are:

"Jalsaghar (The Music Hall)" (India, Satyajit Ray, 1958, 99 min.), April 28, 7 p.m./May 30, 1 p.m.

"Ibunda (Mother)" (Indonesia, Teguh Karya, 1986, 103 min.), May 8, 1 p.m./June 9, 3 p.m.

Entrance fee is 500 yen for adults, with discounts for students. For more details, visit www.momat.go.jp/ or call (03) 5777-8600.

The National Film Center is a two-minute walk from Exit 1 of Kyobashi Station on the Ginza subway line.

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