The Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai, the Japan Foundation, and the Madras Film Society will be conducting a three-day “Chennai Japan Film Festival” in Chennai from Feb 7 to 9 at Russian Cultural Center, in Alwarpet.
The films to be screened during the festival are (1) “A Tale of Samurai Cooking”, (2) “Rail Truck”, and (3) “The Wife of Gegege”. The common theme of three films is “love and affection”.
Kojiro Uchiyama, Consul General of Japan in Chennai, will inaugurate the festival , .Gennadhi A Rogalev, Director, Russian Cultural Center will be Guest of Honour and cine actress Nirosha Radha will be the Special Guest and will light the lamp. The admission is free and seats are available on first come, first served basis.
Feb 7 Inauguration at 6.00 pm followed by screening of A Tale of Samurai Cooking.
Feb 8 6.30pm Rail Truck and Feb 9 6.30 pm The Wife of Gegege.
A Tale of Samurai Cooking Dir.: Yûzô Asahara| (A True Love Story) Funaki Dennai laid the foundations for Kaga clan cuisine in the Edo Period as a “kitchen samurai” who prepared food for the nobility. This heartwarming drama depicts
the internal affairs of the Kaga clan from the perspective of a woman who marries Funaki’s son. It features meals made according to the Funaki family’s recipe collection “Ryori Mugonsho” and recreates the workings of samurai family kitchens at the time.
Maid Haru is a talented cook but stubborn, which leads her to divorce her husband after a year. However, she is asked by Kaga clan “kitchen samurai” Dennai to marry his son and heir Yasunobu, and works to remedy his lack of culinary skills.
Rail Truck Dir.: Hirofumi Kawaguchi A bold adaptation of Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s novel of the same title. Kawaguchi Hirofumi makes his feature film debut. A coming-of-age story depicting one boy’s summer in Taiwan.
Beautiful cinematography by Mark Lee Ping-Bing, known for his work with Hou Hsiao-Hsien, as he vividly captures the Taiwanese scenery. Recommended by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. After the sudden death of his father, 8-year-old Atsushi (Harada Kento) goes to a small village in Taiwan,
his father’s hometown, where he meets his Taiwanese grandfather (Hong Liu). His grandfather takes him on a journey to find an old-fashioned handcar railroad.
The Wife of Gegege Dir.: Takuji Suzuki
A love story depicting the younger days of Mizuma Shigeru, author of “Gegege no Kitaro,” the well-known comic on ‘yokai’ (supernatural beings), and his wife Mura Nunoe, who supported him through the years.
Like the hit TV drama version, the film is based on Nunoe’s autobiography, but it focuses mainly on their days as newlyweds when they lived through extreme poverty, and provides a heart-warming account of their struggles as they start a life together. In Shimane prefecture, 1961, 29 year-old Nunoe (Fukiishi Kazue) and Shigeru (Kudo Kankuro), a manga artist who lost his left arm in the war, get married, just five days after being introduced at a matchmaking meeting. They move to Tokyo and endure a life of abysmal poverty.