4th Okinawa International Movie Festival

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4th Okinawa International Movie Festival
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Main stage of 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival, 2012
Opening film Ultraman Zoffy: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army
Closing film A Simple Life
Location Okinawa Island, Japan
Founded 2009
Awards Golden Shisa Award (A Simple Life)
Festival date March 24 – 31, 2012
http://www.oimf.jp

The 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival was held from March 24 to March 31, 2012[1] and took place at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City and Sakurazaka Theater in Naha, owned and run by Japanese director Yuji Nakae.[2] Total attendance was 410,000.[3]

The fourth Okinawa International Movie Festival also included 'Okinawa Contents Land', in which 50 companies from around Asia showcased their products and services.[4] Other events included the Pachinko Movie Awards for gamblers, a fashion show led by model and singer Anna Tsuchiya, live music and comedy from Okinawan artists Rimi Natsukawa and Begin, and the Okinawa Elementary School Movie Festival, which nurtures filmmakers of the future.[5]

26 films were screened in competition, The Golden Shisa Award going to A Simple Life by director Ann Hui from Hong Kong.

Official selection[edit]

The official selection of films was broken into two categories, Laugh and Peace, each with 13 entrants. The former focuses on comedy films, while the latter includes dramas and documentaries with elements of comedy. Organizers focused on Asian films for this edition of the festival.[4] Before each screening, every film was introduced by one of comedy agency giant and organizer Yoshimoto Kogyo's comedians.[2] 102 films in total were shown.[3]

Competition[edit]

Laugh Category[edit]

The following films were selected as In Competition for the Laugh Category:

English title Original title Director(s) Production country/countries
All's Well, Ends Well 2012 八星抱喜 Hing Ka Chan & Janet Chun Hong Kong
Ah! Minister! あぁ...閣議 Daiya Goriki Japan
The Bridal Night and The Lotus Root! 初夜と蓮根 Masahiro Yamaguchi Japan
Endless Stage 営業100万回 Koichi Hamatani Japan
Go Ahead of the Limit ロケみつTHE MOVIE このさきのむこうに Hiroshi Arimoto Japan
Nasi Lemak 2.0 辣死你妈 Namewee Malaysia
Hi-Zai ハイザイ 神さまの言うとおり Shuhei Fukanaga Japan
Penny Pinchers 티끌모아 로맨스 Kim Jung-Hwan South Korea
Private Benjamin The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin ' Wenn Deramas Philippines
SuckSeed SuckSeed ห่วยขั้นเทพ ' Chayanop Boonprakob Thailand
Tabakoi: The Love Story that Begins with Cigarettes タバコイ ~タバコで始まる恋物語~ ' Michinari Nakagawa Japan
Bridesmaids N/A Paul Feig United States
Ready রেডি ' Anees Bazmee India

Peace Category[edit]

The following films were selected as In Competition for the Peace Category:

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Blazing Famiglia 莫逆家族 バクギャクファミーリア Kazuyoshi Kumakiri Japan
Dream in the Rising Sun ヒノマル♪ドリーム Yuji Gobuichi Japan
Love Is Not Blind 失恋33天 Teng Hautao China
Joyful Reunion 饮食男女2012 (Yin Shi Nan Nv 2012) Jui-Yuan Tsao Taiwan, China
A Letter to Momo ももへの手紙 Hiroyuki Okiura Japan
Potechi ポテチ Yoshihiro Nakamura Japan
Signal シグナル 月曜日のルカ Masaaki Taniguchi Japan
A Simple Life 桃姐 (Tao Jie) Ann Hui China, Hong Kong
Working Holiday ワーキング・ホリデー Koichi Okamoto Japan
The Artist* The Artist Michel Hazanavicius France
Attack the Block N/A Joe Cornish United Kingdom
Café de Flore N/A Jean-Marc Vallee Canada
Hysteria N/A Tanya Wexler United States, United Kingdom

Out of Competition[edit]

The following films were screened out of competition:

Panoramic Screening
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Grap Freeter Toki グラッフリーター刀牙 Kenichi Fujiwara Japan
Empty からっぽ Shogo Kusano Japan

Jury[edit]

Performers at the 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival, 2012
Competition

Awards[edit]

Official selection[edit]

In Competition

The Golden Shisa Award was won by A Simple Life directed by Ann Hui.

The Laugh Category Uminchu Prize Grand Prix went to Thai musical drama SuckSeed directed by Chayanop Boonprakob.

The Peace Category Uminchu Prize Grand Prix was won by A Simple Life directed by Ann Hui.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Gray (2012-03-25). "Okinawa fest opens, organiser Yoshimoto steps up international profile". Screen International. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  2. ^ a b Darrell Nelson (2012-03-28). "Fourth Okinawa International Movie Festival". Shift East. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  3. ^ a b Mark Schilling (2012-04-06). "410,000 attend Okinawa movie fest, but it's still a money-loser". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  4. ^ a b Gavin J. Blair (2012-03-23). "Okinawa Intl Movie Fest to Open for Fun in the Sun". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  5. ^ Robert Michael Poole (2012-03-21). "Laughter Rules at Okinawa’s Movie Fest". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 

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