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Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

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On screen: Korean film "Worst Friends" will be shown at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.


Museum gets short with film

Staff Writer

A selection of Asian short films directed by such greats as Iran's Abbas Kiarostami and Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul will make their way to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in collaboration with the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Through Sunday, the organizer Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia will run three hour-long programs at the museum, popularly called "Shabi." Each of the programs will be a compilation of five shorts of different genres from across Asia.

Among the films featured is "Worst Friends" (2009), directed by Sun Namkoong and starring Korean heartthrob Kim Soo Hyun. Invited to numerous short film festivals overseas, the 39-minute movie depicts a relationship between a 19-year-old girl and her first sex partner who comes back from the United States for her.

Also on Sunday, film director Hitoshi Oneda will give a free lecture (in Japanese), about his 2011 hit movie "Moteki" ("Love Strikes!), which received several awards at the 35th Japan Academy Awards.

The Focus on Asia screenings of short films will run through Sunday at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Admission is ¥1,000 for one program and ¥1,500 for a "passport" to all programs throughout the screening period. For more information, visit www.shortshorts.org .

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