Osaka Asian Film Awards 2014

Como cada año por estas fechas, entre el 7 y el 16 de marzo ha tenido lugar el Osaka Asian Film Festival organizado por el Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture.  El director Teruoka Sozo ha sido el encargado de confeccionar el programa que incluye películas de toda Asia, proyecciones especiales, el Indie Forum en el que se proyectan películas de directores noveles y varios programas especiales:  en memoria de Run Run Shaw, Taiwan: Movies on the Move 2014, Taiwanese-language Films and Japan, Special Focus on Hong Kong 2014, Memorial 3.11 – Three Years from Great East Japan Earthquake.  Este año, en la novena edición, la película taiwanesa Kano de Umin Boya será la encargada de inaugurar el festival y la directora japonesa O Mipo pondrá el punto y final con el estreno mundial de The Light Shines Only There.

As every year in this season, the Osaka Asian Film Festival between 7 and 16 March has been held organized by the Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture. The director Teruoka Sozo has been commissioned to make the program which includes films from across Asia, special screenings, the Indie Forum in which films by new directors are screened and several special programs: in memory of Run Run Shaw, Taiwan: Movies on the Move 2014, Taiwanese-language Films and Japan, Special Focus on Hong Kong 2014, Memorial 3.11 – Three Years from Great East Japan Earthquake. This year, on the 9th edition, the Taiwanese film Kano by Umin Boya will be responsible for opening the festival and the Japanese director O Mipo will put an end with the world premiere of The Light Shines Only There.

OAFF

Películas japonesas proyectadas

The Light Shines Only There – Closing ceremony
Director: O Mipo
Sinopsis: Basada en la novela de Sato Yasushi. Una historia, situada en el breve verano en la ciudad norteña de Hakodate, sobre  el amor y la amistad entre las personas en los márgenes de la sociedad. Desempleado y sin rumbo Tatsuo se hace amigo de la tosca, pero amable Takuji y acepta su oferta para visitar su casa, una casa destartalada junto al mar. Tatsuo conoce a la herama de Takuji, Chinatsu, que lleva una vida de dura lucha para mantener a su familia, su corazón se abre y el color vuelve a su vida a la vez que sus sentimientos por Chinatsu se hacen cada vez más fuertes… Based on the novel by Sato Yasushi.  A story of love and friendship among people on the margins of society, set in the brief summer in the northern city of Hakodate. Unemployed and aimless Tatsuo befriends the coarse but friendly Takuji and accepts his offer to visit his home, a run-down house by the sea. Tatsuo meets Takuji’s sister Chinatsu, who leads a harsh life struggling to support her family; his heart opens and color returns to his life as his steadfast feelings begin to sway Chinatsu… 

Tsugunai – Special Screenings
Director: Imaoka Shinji
Sinopsis: En un bar llamado “Tsumi-horoboshi” (“Expiación”), en el distrito de Golden-gai de Shinjuku, la propietaria, Kasumi, y los clientes habituales del bar conocer a una mujer misteriosa, Toko. Toko bebe demasiado, como si quisiera olvidar todo lo que ha sucedido en su vida cotidiana. Mientras tanto, los hombres comienzan a discutir por Kasumi. La ebria Toko es ayudada por uno de los clientes habituales, y ambos empiezan a acercarse, pero Kasumi tiene un pasado secreto con su novio que vive encima del bar. At a bar named “Tsumi-horoboshi” (“Atonement”), in Shinjuku’s Golden-gai district, the proprietress, Kasumi, and the bar’s regular customers meet a mysterious woman, Toko. Toko drinks too much as if she wants to forget everything has happened in her everyday life. Meanwhile, the men start quarrelling over Kasumi. Drunken Toko is helped by one of the regular customers, and they become close, but she has a secret past with Kasumi’s boyfriend who lives upstairs of the bar. 

List of awards

Best Picture Award: The Shift (The Phillipines)
Most Promising Talent Award: Ha Jung-woo – Fasten Your Seatbelt (Korea)
Best Actress Award: Carina Lau – Bends (Hong Kong)
Special Mention: Anita’s Last Cha-Cha (The Phillipines)
ABC Award: Forever Love (Taiwan)
Audience Award: Kano (Taiwan)

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