Celebrating the Japanse Cultural Month, a Japanese Contemporary Film Festival will be held from August 5 to 8 at the National Film Corporation theatre, Colombo.
The film festival will feature seven contemporary films including two animated movies namely, ‘Glass Rabbit’ and ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’, a comedy movie entitled ‘Nabbi’s Love’; a story based on an old woman’s incubated passionate love, ‘A Stranger of Mine’, ‘Hotel Hibiscus’ and ‘Shangri-la’ which are full of excitement, adventure and entertainment. While the film on August 5 is on invitation, those on rest of the festival will be at 3 pm and 5.30 pm daily.
The public screening will start with the animated movie ‘Glass Rabbit’ at 3 pm on August 6 and ‘Stranger of Mine’ will be at 5.30 pm. Another animated film ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’ will be screened at 3 pm on August 7 while ‘Hotel Hibiscus’ will be shown at 5.30 pm. On August 8 ‘Nabbi’s Love’ will be at 3.30 pm while ‘Shangri-la’ will be screened at 5.30 pm.
As part of the “Japanese Cultural Month” several other cultural events will be held in Colombo and Kandy showcasing Japanese culture and lifestyle together with its popular performing arts and aesthetics.
The Cultural Exhibition on August 20 and 21at the Lionel Wendt will feature Ikebana, Bonsai, Origami and Calligraphy together with demonstrations of these typically Japanese arts.
The “Yosakoi Dance” on August 25 at the University of Peradeniya, E.O.E. Pereira (Faculty of Engineering) will feature “Hokuto-gumi”, which is an elite unit of Team Yamabiko, a Yosakoi dancing team which mainly performs at Kobe. ‘Yosakoi’ (which means “Come at night) scheduled on August 27 at the New Town Hall, Colombo 7 is a unique style of dance which originated in Japan in the city of Kōchi in 1954, as a modern rendition of Awa Odori, a traditional summer dance. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements to modern music.
Admission to Japanese Cultural Month events are free of charge to the public and will be on a first come first served basis.