2013 JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL in Baguio City
As one of the events of Philippine-Japan Friendship Month 2013, we are pleased to inform you that Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and The Japan Foundation, Manila, will bring the below mentioned Japanese films during the said period in July/August 2013.
(1) Period of the Japanese Film Show
At the 5 major universities (BSU, SLU, UB, UC & UP).
Please check the Poster/Flyer for the detailed schedule.
At Baguio Cinematheque in Casa Vallejo.
2 weeks from 7/27(Sat) to 8/9(Fri). FREE ADMISSION
(3) Description of the Films
1. ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street - 3
ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
NTV, ROBOT, Shogakukan, VAP, TOHO, DENTSU, YTV, Abe Shuji, Inc., The Yomiuri
Shimbun, SHIROGUMI, STV・MMT・SDT・CTV・HTV・FB
Trailer : ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日'64,Always: Sunset on Third Street 3
The third installment in a popular comedy-drama series following the lives of residents of
a Tokyo neighborhood, this time taking place in 1964. Shot using the same 3D system
as James Cameron's Avatar, it vividly evokes the vitality of the times by interspersing
nostalgic CG recreations of the Tokyo Olympics, the bullet train soon after it went into
operation, and more.
As the benefits of Japan's economic boom begin to be felt in Third Street in Sunset Town,
novelist Chagawa (Yoshioka Hidetaka) finds himself upstaged by a younger writer and
falls into a slump. Then he receives word from his family home in Nagano that his father
is seriously ill.
Film Festival Awards:
2012 Hawaii International Film Festival, Spring Showcase
2012 Shanghai International Film Festival, Japan Film Week
2012 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Vision Express
(c)2012 "Always3"Film Partners
2. Brave Story
Director: Koichi Chigira
Production Company: Fuji Television Network
Trailer : BRAVESTORY～予告編～
Based on a fantasy masterpiece by best selling author, Miyabe Miyuki.
A primary school pupil, Wataru, lives with his mother as his parents are divorced. His
mother slips into critical condition. "If you go to the other side of that door, you can
change your fate," says his new classmate, Mitsuru. Wataru follows his words and sets
off on a journey into the world of Vision.
Wataru becomes a trainee hero, and travels in search of a hidden treasure that has the
power to change fate. Mitsuru came to the world of Vision before Wataru in order to
bring back his sister who was killed in a forced double suicide by their father. Mitsuru
gets hold of the treasure, but as he touches it, it unleashes demons which have been
sealed off by the treasure. Vision is now full of demons. Wataru chases after Mitsuru in
order to contain the demons. Mitsuru loses his life in a battle against his own alter ego,
and he hands over the treasure to Wataru. Entrusted with fate, Wataru chooses to
prioritize peace in Vision over his wish to recover his happy home with his parents. The
demons are sealed away and peace returns to Vision once again.
(c) FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK/ GONZO/ WARNER ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN/ DENTSU/ SPWT
3. Light Up Nippon
Light Up Nippon
Director: Kensaku Kakimoto
On August 11, 2011 (exactly 5 months after the Great East Japan Earthquake),
thousands of fireworks were launched into the sky simultaneously at 10 locations in the
devastated areas along the Tohoku coast to commemorate the victims and energize the
region and the entire Japan.
The Japan Foundation,in collaboration with LIGHT UP NIPPON Executive Committee,
had produced a documentary film that featured challenges by the young Japanese
people supporting Tohoku’s recovery for the purpose of presenting a vivid image of
today’s young generation in Japan. The documentary was screened 127 times in total in
79 cities of 47 countries around the world in fiscal year 2012.
(c) Light Up Nippon Film Partners
Director: Jun Awazu
Production Company: CoMix Wave Films, MEDIA FACTORY
Trailer : 映画『プランゼット』予告編 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4TBApkdwV0Y
A full-CG animation depicting the war between space organisms and human beings.
The voice of the main character is played by Miyano Mamoru, who has voiced main
characters in many popular works including Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and was awarded
the leading actor award at the 2nd Annual Seiyu (Voice Actor) Awards. In 2053,
Akishima Hiroshi (Miyano), whose father was killed by space organisms called FOS,
joins the Planet Self-Defense Army. Hiroshi later becomes a pilot of the robot weapon
GL and throws himself into the final battle to decide the fate of the human race
(c)Jun Awazu/MEDIA FACTORY/CoMix Wave Films
5. NITABOH – Tsugaru Shamisen
Director: Akio Nishizawa
Production Company: WAO Corporation
Nitaboh was born to a poor family of a waterman, Santaro, (a man who let people on his
boat and help them to cross a river) living in Kanbara, in rural Aomori prefecture, at the
very northern tip of Japan’s main land. Nitaroh had an extremely humble background
which was out of "shinokosho" (a class distinction in the Edo Period. Shi, no, ko and sho
each means samurai, peasant, craftspeople and merchant.) Nitaroh’s mother died just
after his birth. In spite of being in such a sorry plight, he was a healthy child. However,
when he was 8 years old, he caught smallpox which was an epidemic at that time and
lost his eyesight. Nonetheless, he was looking for his way through life with an interest to
flute and Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute).
6,7,8,9. Japanese Anime Classic Collection – No.1 to No.4 boxes
Japanese Anime Classic Collection
Collection of various classic Japanese anime including “Mighty Taro's Reckless
Training”(1928), “Momotaro the Undefeated”(1928) and “The Tiny One Makes It Big”(1929)
for more detailed description, please check the below web site:
6 = No.1 Box : Year 1928-1931
7 = No.2 Box : Year 1931-1933
8 = No.3 Box : Year 1934-1936
9 = No.4 Box : Year 1936-1950
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Japan Video Topics – Vol. 1 to Vol. 6
Japan Video Topics
Title (JPN)Title (ENG)Summary
Tohoku's Eco-friendly ReconstructionJapan is making rapid progress with environmentally-friendly urban development, notably by expanding use of renewable energy. In the Tohoku region, hard struck by the 2011 disaster, such initiatives include the construction of large scale solar power generation facilities, plans for local energy independence and urban developments designed to minimize energy consumption. Eco-friendly urban development is slated to play a major role in the reconstruction of the Tohoku region.
Geothermal Energy in JapanGeothermal is a long utilized source of renewable energy in Japan, a land of volcanoes and therefore abundant geothermal resources. Japan leads the world in geothermal technology, producing about 80% of all geothermal generating equipment. In this video, we see both advanced geothermal power plants and private enterprise initiatives to exploit this resource at the local level. Renewed focus on the importance of this energy resource is driving Japan's current enhanced development of geothermal power.
Pioneering Disaster TechnologyLearning from its long experience in coping with natural disasters, Japan is implementing a wide range of initiatives aimed at disaster prevention and reduction. These include the early earthquake warning system of the Japan Meteorological Agency and the seismic detection systems of the Shinkansen and other railway networks. Technology such as base-isolated construction and airlift systems are making buildings more resistant to earth tremors, and we also see high tech robots for rescue work at disaster sites.
New National Park for SanrikuStretching for 600 kilometers along the Pacific coastline of the Tohoku region, Sanriku is one of Japan's most scenic areas. An enormous range of plant and animal life flourishes in this beautiful natural ecosystem, but Sanriku was hard hit by the great disaster of 2011. As part of the post-disaster reconstruction, there are now plans to designate the entire Sanriku area as one huge national park in order to revive a region where humankind and nature have long lived in harmony. The unique nature of this area is helping the regional reconstruction effort.
Kamakura – Home of Samurai CultureAbout one hour by train from Tokyo, Kamakura came to prominence 800 years ago as the capital of the first samurai government. Today it's a popular tourist destination, welcoming over 19 million visitors every year. Set in a unique geographical location, Kamakura forms a showcase of samurai culture with its numerous and magnificent temples, shrines and historical remains. Two of Kamakura's most famous attractions are Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and the Daibutsu Great Buddha statue.
Jomon Archeological Sites in TohokuDuring the 10,000 years of the Jomon Period, starting about 12,000 years ago, the people of the Japanese islands gave up their nomadic lifestyle to live in fixed settlements. Instead of farming or breeding livestock, the Jomon people lived by hunting, fishing and gathering nuts and fruits. They made pottery and ornaments and ceremonially buried their dead. Of the many Jomon sites in the Tohoku region the most famous are Goshono (Iwate), the Oyu Stone Circles (Akita) and Sannai-Maruyama (Aomori).
Okinawa World HeritageThe subtropical islands of Okinawa Prefecture attract over five million tourists a year with their sparkling seas, vibrant local culture, and many historical remains, now a World Heritage. There's the magnificent 15th century Shuri Castle, the royal palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Unique Okinawan castles with beautifully curved stone walls. And mysterious sacred groves, naturally formed in the forests and rocks. The World Heritage Sites of Okinawa are a living legacy of this region's rich history and cultural traditions.
Mt. Fuji, Japan's Sacred MountainWith its distinctive symmetrical outline, Japan's highest peak is surrounded by magnificently varied scenery. In the summer season, around 300,000 climbers scale Mount Fuji. The mountain was venerated as a holy place since ancient times, and the summit is considered especially sacred. Mount Fuji has profoundly influenced much Japanese art and culture, used as the theme of many prints and paintings, for example. The timeless beauty of this towering peak never fails to stir the hearts of all who see it.
World famous as sports, judo, kendo and karate are some of the Japanese martial-based arts known as budo. Developed from the mental and spiritual training systems used by the samurai, budo aims to perfect the character through constant training in technique, and to focus and unify the mind, practitioners will often sit in meditation before training sessions. The spirit of budo is developed by simultaneously training one's mind, technique and physical strength.
Budo Techniques and PowerJapan's national sport of sumo originated from ancient Shinto religious rites to ensure good harvests. Sumo wrestlers attempt to unbalance their opponent for a power technique, even in the sudden opening clash of bodies. Judo, where the opponent's own force is used to throw him, allows small people to defeat larger ones – the soft overcoming the hard. Aikido, based on defensive techniques, interprets an opponent's strength, movements and intentions to lead and reverse an attack back. In karate one learns to fight by practicing set patterns of attack and defense called kata.
Traditional Budo EquipmentThe budo arts that maintain the samurai warrior spirit and martial techniques also preserve many unique weapons, implements and equipment. For example, there's the bamboo sword called shinai used in kendo, and the traditional bamboo bows and 3-feathered arrows of kyudo. These traditional implements and equipment are essential in the various forms of budo to help focus the practitioner's concentration and strengthen the power of the will.
Budo TodayBudo continues to have a profound influence on Japanese life. Considered an excellent form of character training for children, classes in a budo art such as sumo, kendo or judo are compulsory in Japanese schools. Budo techniques originally developed to revive and treat injuries in combat are now valued and widely used in regular clinics. At festivals throughout Japan, budo displays often play a central role. Offering far more than just sophisticated fighting techniques, the spirit and heart of budo is alive and well today.
Trendsetting TokyoIdol group AKB48, now extending their fame to the world stage through performances in Paris, New York, Singapore and elsewhere, began - and still perform every day - in Akihabara, an area of Tokyo that's home to many dynamic youth subcultures like anime and manga. On the other side of the metropolis, Harajuku is the center for Tokyo's thriving street fashion scene and many small design houses whose Japanese brands regularly become international hits. Tokyo has a very long history of setting trends domestically, and its influence on world trends continues to grow.
Tokyo's Latest LandmarkOpened on May 22, 2012, the 634 meters tall Tokyo Sky Tree is the world's highest free-standing communications tower. The tower's observation decks are hugely popular with people who come to enjoy the combination of this ultra-modern structure and the old-world atmosphere of the surrounding commercial downtown area with its many traditional shops. This new landmark promises to spur a revival of the old downtown, attracting visitors to this area and its unique, historically vibrant culture.
Tokyo – City of SportsThe image of Tokyo is of a giant metropolis dominated by towering skyscrapers, but this huge city also takes pride in its world-class sports facilities, ranging from enormous athletics stadiums to football grounds, gymnasiums, swimming pools and martial arts dojos. Tokyo hosts many annual international events in a wide variety of sports, and even the great earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 did not interrupt the regular flow of world athletes eager to show off their skills here. It's not just the quality of the facilities that draws athletes and sports fans from around the world - packed with tourist attractions, Tokyo is a great place to experience Japanese culture.
Gourmet TokyoFresh foodstuffs from all over Japan are readily available in Tokyo, and this is also a wonderful place to discover the nation's huge variety of regional cuisines. You don't need to travel to the farthest parts of these islands to try rare local delicacies or cooking styles - there's sure to be a specialist restaurant serving them somewhere in Tokyo. International cuisine is also readily available - part of Tokyo's charm is the ease with which you can dine on dishes from any part of the globe. All of Asia's famous cuisines are well represented, of course, but food from places as far off as Latin America and Africa is easy to find.
The School Daypanese children must attend elementary school from age six to age 12. We see a typical school day, with pupils learning core subjects like Japanese language, math, science and social studies in their homeroom classroom, and then moving to dedicated rooms to study music, crafts or home economics. The distinctive Japanese approaches to school meals, cleaning and school club activities are also shown.
給食School MealsJapan's elementary schools provide school lunches, and everyone eats from the same menu. Children from each class are assigned the task of bringing food from the kitchen and serving it. This unique system is not only valued for providing correct nutrition – it is designed to teach children the importance of a balanced, healthy diet, and to introduce them to different culinary traditions from other Japanese regions and from all over the world.
School EventsEvents held throughout the elementary school year to deepen and round out pupils' educations include day visits to interesting local places and longer trips to further regions. The annual sports day is a major occasion, as are traditional cultural events like brush calligraphy contests. And all schools hold regular drills to prepare their pupils to react safely in case of emergencies like earthquakes or fires.
Summer VacationThe Japanese school year starts from April, and there is a long mid-year vacation in the heat of the summer from late July to the end of August. We see how pupils are encouraged to take the opportunity of this long summer break not only for leisure, but also for special studies, sports and other training that is better done independently out of class times.
SpringThe traditional start of spring is marked by the mame-maki custom of throwing beans to drive away evil spirits. There are special events to pray for good health in children, and of course the custom of partying under the cherry blossoms – symbols of spring. We also see farmers start the rice planting, and the traditional ceremonies that accompany it.
SummerThe star festival of Tanabata is widely celebrated in early July. Now the rains have passed and sunny skies are here, the Japanese head for the beach. There are fireworks displays and many summer festivals such as the lively bon odori. We also see some traditional methods for bringing a little coolness into the hottest part of their summer.
AutumnAs cool weather returns, the famously beautiful autumn harvest moon brings with it its own traditions and ceremonies. Then the forested mountains begin to turn red and gold. It’s the season for chrysanthemum festivals, the traditional children’s festival of Shichigosan, and of course every region has its own unique harvest thanksgiving events.
WinterIn winter, you can enjoy events like the November markets selling kumade traditional lucky charms, spectacular street illuminations in the major cities, and skiing and snowboarding on the snow-covered mountains. New Year customs include eating special food, ringing temple bells, and decorating the house with traditional symbols.
16. 40th Year of ASEAN-JAPAN Friendship & Coop.
This film was made by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
ASEAN and Japan mark the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue relations in 2013. To celebrate this milestone, the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference with Japan, held in July 2012, agreed to carry out commemorative activities throughout 2013.
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