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Japan Film Festival Kuwait at Laila Tower

japan-film-festivalLaila Tower on Salmiya’s Sheikh Mubarak Street was host to a special event with a distinct Japanese flavor. The ‘Japan Film Festival’ hosted by The Embassy of Japan Kuwait in association with the Japan Foundation was a perfect evening for film buffs and cultural enthusiasts alike.

The festival, which had free admission, screened four films in two nights on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. The films were small independent Japanese movies, which can only be watched at such events. The films included ‘My Pretend Girlfriend’ by Saiji Yakumo, ‘Be Sure To Share’ by Sion Sono, ‘The Place Promised In Our Early Days’ by Shinkai Makoto and ‘Wanko: The Story of Me, My Family and My Dog’ by Isamu Nakae. The films were from a variety of genres ranging from animation to romance comedy to serious family drama.

In his opening speech, the outgoing Ambassador of Japan Toshihoro Tsujihara said that he was tremendously grateful for the time he spent in Kuwait and hoped that the audience would acquire a fresh look at Japanese culture through these films. He explained that the theme of this year’s festival alluded to the relationships of Japanese people between parents, children and their loved ones and how memories have a unique effect on our actions.

After the screenings, a short questionnaire was given out to the attendees, asking them what they thought of the festival, the films and what they would like to see in the future. The well-sized crowd seemed delighted with the films and was grateful to have a rarely seen and closer look at Japan. Be sure to check out Friday Times this week for a more in-depth look at the Japan Film Festival and the movies that were screened at the event.

By Aakash Bakaya

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