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All about people and their feelings

FOUR FILMS were screened at the Japanese Film Festival conducted recently by the International Cine Appreciation Forum in association with the Japanese Consulate in Chennai. The films shown at the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce auditorium depicted the various aspects of the Japanese life. Inaugurating the festival, the vice-consul, Mr.Unno said that both Japan and India had a close cultural relationship and wished such festivals were held very often. Mr.Rajagopal, vice president of the forum, welcomed the gathering. Mr.Thangaraj proposed a vote of thanks.

Three important things made the inaugural film, ``The Yellow Handkerchief ,'' a must for the viewers. The original story is by Pete Hamill, serialised in The New York Times and later on published in The Reader's Digest. Yamada Yoji, popular director of the Tora-san series has directed this film. Takeda Tetsuya, rock musician turned actor who mad his debut in this film is most sought after for comedy roles.

The story is about a prisoner Shima Yasaku. After serving the sentence he gets ready to return home and meets a young couple, Kinya and Akemi. The three decide to travel together. He narrates his tale after a number of incidents. He informs his wife that if she wants she can marry somebody else. If she wants him back, she must leave a yellow handkerchief on a long pole. When the three reach the house do they see the yellow handkerchief ? `Young Girls in Love,' directed by Omori Kazuki, is about a girl student, Takako, studying in the senior high school. Saito Yuki, who made her screen debut in Sohai Shinji's ``Yuki No Dansho: Jonetsu''(1985) also did the film of Omori Kazuki's ``Totto Channel'' (1987) has played the role of Takako in a mature way. The story of the film is based on the novel written by Himuro Saeko.

Director Ishii Sogo started his career with films like ``Crazy thunder Road''(1980), ``Burst City'' (1982),``Crazy Family'' (1984), "Angel Dust'' in ( 1994).

In ``August in the Water,'' which was shown at the festival here the director has mixed spirituality and science fiction to show how a teenage girl comes to understand love and affection in her life. The director also tells about an Indian legend which talks about sacrifice. People and their behaviour are highlighted in ``Musashino High Voltage Towers.'' Miharu, a student, wants to know where and how he gets power from and goes tracing the power lines. In the process he comes into contact with a number of people and that forms the crux of the story. Directed by Nagao Naoki, the film is embellished with music by Otaka Shizuru and Uchihashi Kazuhisa.


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