Hanoi, HCMC, Phan Thiet City to host Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival titled ‘Comedy 2012’ will be held in Hanoi, Phan Thiet City and Ho Chi Minh City from October 25-December 1.

Eight popular comedy Japanese films produced in the 2000s will be screened.

All the films will have Japanese and English subtitles with Vietnamese language voice-over. In Hanoi, children can watch ‘Summer Days with Coo’ on October 27 and November 3.

Japanese artist Katsura Utazo

Free tickets are available at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange on 27 Quang Trung Street in Hanoi.

The festival will be held at the National Cinema Centre in Hanoi from October 25 to November 4; at 19/4 Cinema in Phan Thiet City from November 16-18; and at Dong Da Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City from November 24 to December 1.

Meanwhile, artist Katsura Utazo will perform Rakugo, a traditional Japanese one-man show, in Hanoi on October 24 and in HCMC on October 27.

Rakugo originated in the 16th century and became established as an art form during the Edo era (17-18th century). It is always performed by one artist, who sits still in one place and acts out stories in a comic style. 

In his performance, Utazo will act out funny Japanese stories with Vietnamese subtitles including The Idiot Yotaro, Long and Short and The Devil of Death. The Devil of Death is an adaptation of Godfather Death from Grimms' Fairy Tales.

Utazo was named the best Rakugo master in 2005. Since then, he has been enthusiastically sharing the fun world of Rakugo with Japanese spectators as well as audiences in other countries.

He gave his first Vietnamese performance in 2010.

The shows will be held at the Voice of Vietnam Theatre at 58 Quan Su Street in Hanoi on October 24 at 8pm and at the Student Cultural House at 643 Dien Bien Phu Street in HCMC on October 27.

Translated by Dan

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