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FUKUOKA

Fukuoka festival features top Asian films

by Erika Arita

Fukuoka turns the camera on Asia this month during the “Focus on Asia — Fukuoka International Film Festival 2010.”

The event will present 41 films from 18 countries and regions accross the continent.

One of the must-see movies is 2009′s “Mundane History” directed by Thailand’s Anocha Suwichakornpong. It tells the story of a paralyzed young man who tries to get his spirit back with the help of a male nurse. The plot is simple, but the movie has been described as perplexing and incredibly abstract despite it. Members of the festival’s organizing committee have referred to the film as being a religious experience.

Another film that should generate interest is “Whispers and Moans.” The Hong Kong movie is directed by Herman Yau and addresses the reality of female hostesses who work at nightclubs in the metropolis.

The film, produced in 2007, depicts the gradual change in Hong Kong society after the return of the region to China, which caused an inflow of migrant workers from the mainland.

The film festival, held in part by the city of Fukuoka, started in 1991. The films will have Japanese and English subtitles.

The movies will be shown at Solaria Cinema, Elgala Hall and other venues in the center of Fukuoka. Individual tickets cost ¥1,000 in advance (¥1,200 at the door). Package deals are available, as are discounts for students.

For more information, look at the website of the film festival at www.focus-on-asia.com.