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Indian Movies & Actors Are A Craze In Japan: Japanese Filmmakers

November 24, 2013 | By

Kurosawa’s latest installment Real – a sci-fi horror mix will be screened at the IFFI 2013.

Indian film legends such as Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth enjoy great popularity in Japan. Indian legendary directors such as Satyajit Ray and Guru Dutt are noted for their brilliance in cinema by Japanese filmmakers, said Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the acclaimed Japanese director, screenwriter and film critic. Movies like 3 Idiots garnered much appreciation from the audience in Japan.

Kurosawa was making these observations along with other leading Japanese filmmakers, who are attending the ongoing 44th International Film Festival of India in Goa, as Japan is the main “country in focus” this year.

Twelve Japanese films are being screened at the 10-day prestigious film festival. A number of acclaimed Japanese directors and producers have thronged Goa to discuss movies and to interact with the media and their Indian counterparts.

Japanese film  directors interacting with the media on "Country Focus", at the 44th India International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2013)

Japanese film directors interacting with the media on “Country Focus”, at the 44th India International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2013)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is well-known for his movies such as Tokyo Sonata, Cure and others. Highly regarded as one of the most acclaimed and brilliant  filmmakers of New Japanese Cinema, Kurosawa’s latest installment Real – a sci-fi horror mix will be screened at the IFFI 2013.

Apart from Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the festival is brimming with many other Japanese film personalities such as Sang-il Lee, Keiichi Hara and Takashi Nishimura. Sang-il Lee, best known for his 2006 flick Hula Girls is attending the festival with his latest film Unforgiven – a Japanese adaptation of Clint Eastwood’s 1992 movies by the same name.

One of the highlights of the Japanese selection is Keiichi Hara’s Dawn of a Filmmaker, a biopic of legendary Japanese filmmaker Kinoshita Keisuke, which depicts true experiences and the life of Kinoshita’s during World War II. Hara is known famously for his animated films and television series such as Doraemon and Shin Chan.

Talking to media persons, all the delegate filmmakers from Japan expressed their satisfaction at the encouraging environment for filmmaking in Japan. They admitted that lot of good films like Tokyo Sonata by Kiyoshi Kurosawa himself are being made but still remain unnoticed due to lack of media exposure. There are around 400-500 annual releases adding variety of genre to the art of filmmaking. 

Japanese film personalities appreciated IFFI saying, “It’s a wide platform for the filmmakers to have cross cultural interaction and share art and ideas of filmmaking.”

Indian movie lovers can watch a series of animation films including The Garden of Words, Wolf Children and films by renowned Japanese filmmakers at IFFI 2013. 

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