11th Ankara Japanese Film Festival begins

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Organized by Japanese Embassy in Turkey, the Japan Foundation and the Goethe Institute in Ankara, the festival will continue between February 26 and March 1.

Organized by Japanese Embassy in Turkey, the Japan Foundation and the Goethe Institute in Ankara, the festival will continue between February 26 and March 1.

ANKARA - Ankara’s 11th Japanese Film Festival will be held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Turkey, said Japan’s ambassador to Turkey, Yutaka Yokoi on Wednesday.

Yokoi said that Japan and Turkey worked together on the Marmaray project - an undersea rail tunnel under the Bosphorus strait - and have launched the Turksat 4A satellite.

Yoki added: “I am really honored to serve as an ambassador in Turkey during an era which I can call a ‘new golden age’ between the two countries.”

Two different cinema projects are underway; one is about the sinking of the Ottoman Ertugrul frigate, off an island around the Japanese town of Kushimoto in 1890 - an event seen as a milestone for Turkish-Japanese friendship.

The other focuses on the evacuating of Japanese tourists from the Tehran Airport during the Iran-Iraq war in 1985.

Deputy Director General for Cinema at Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ali Atlihan, said that the Ertugrul frigate film would be shot when the right story was found.

Organized by the Japanese Embassy in Turkey, the Japan Foundation and the Goethe Institute in Ankara, the festival will run between February 26 and March 1.

The following Japanese films will be presented on the big screen at the festival: the anime film, Miyori in the Sacred Forest (Miyori no mori), directed by Nizo Yamamato; Makako Shinkai’s animation film, Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no koe); 5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku 5 senchi metoru); and The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Kumo no mukou, yakusoku no basho).

Films such as Zen, directed by Banmei Takahashi; Always: Sunset on the Third Street (Always San-chôme no Yûhi), directed by Takashi Yamazaki; Hirokazu Koreeda’s drama, Like Father Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru); and Bread of Happiness (Shiawase no Pan), directed by Yukiko Mishima will also be screened.

The films will be screened in Japanese with Turkish subtitles and will be free of charge at the festival.

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