Thrilling Japanese movies will be screened at the 23rd edition of the Japanese Film Week 2018, organised by the Japan Foundation Office in Cairo and Alexandria.
The Japan Foundation Cairo Office (JFCO), led by Yoo Fukazawa, is holding this edition of the Japanese Film Week in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Development Fund, presided over by Fathi Abdel-Wahab.
Films are being screened at the Artistic Creativity Centre in Cairo for a week from Saturday 29 September to Friday 5 October and at the Alexandria Jesuit Centre starting on 6 October.
Egyptian cinema experts and artists, including film director Magdi Ahmed Ali, were in attendance in the cinema hall, which was fully packed with passionate audiences to watch the opening movie Oshin.
“We are not only impressed by Japan’s electronic products and its impressive progress in the field of technology, but with its charm on the silver screen. The history and civilization of Japan, and its ravishingly beautiful landscape, are wonderful factors that make the Japanese cinematic picture unique from the rest of the world,” Abdel-Wahab said.
He added that the history of Japanese cinema dates more than 100 years back to 1897 and is one of the first countries to get seriously involved in the film industry, and as a result, Japan has won the Oscar Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film four times.
“This year, we are screening a large number of films. Each one will be shown twice at different times so that Japanese film lovers will have the chance to watch them. The opening film was Oshin, a remake that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the great famous 1980's TV series. The film is about one of the most famous Japanese drama characters in the world and focuses on Oshin’s childhood and her struggle in life," said Abdel-Wahab.
"The themes throughout the festival are versatile," he continued. "One can find drama, comedy, or even anime, as in Rudolf the Black Cat, which is based on famous manga that won several awards. Films for all different subjects and tastes and ages will be screened."
All films are subtitled in both Arabic and English languages and admission is free.