Hanoi to screen Japanese films about natural disasters

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A special weekend screenings of Japanese films, which are all related to the natural disasters occurred in Japan, will be held in Hanoi next week on the occasion of one year after the March 11 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan.


According to a press release from the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, the event will feature four films, inspired by the various natural disasters the Japanese people have had to brave during their long history.


"Quartet", a film released this year about Urayasu City, where severe soil liquefactions have plagued people after the recent earthquake and Tsunami. 


"Haru's Journey" (2010) was made in Miyagi Prefecture, which was directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Although the film was made before the 3.11 disaster, the problems of the elderly depicted in the film prompts one to think about how these characters might be affected by such a disaster.


"Fukushima Hula Girls" (2011) is a documentary film following the struggles of "hula girls" at the Spa Resort Hawaiians where four disasters struck; an earthquake, a tsunami, a nuclear accident and harmful gossip and rumors.


"WANKO" (2011), on the other hand, depicts true life stories of a family and a dog that live in Miyakejima, a small island where an active volcano exists. 


Languages: All films will be screened from March 16 18 at National Cinema Center, 87 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi with Vietnamese and English sub-titles. Entrance is free.


Tickets are available at the Japan Foundation, 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District.

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