Japanese Film Festival to highlight love

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The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam will host a Japanese Film Festival 2011 themed "Love" in Hanoi and Da Nang from October to November.

The eight selected films, including Paradise Kiss (2011), Sawako Decides, Mai Mai Miracle, Kamui, A Stranger of Mine, The Milkwoman, The Twilight Samurai, and Waterboys, will be screened with English and Vietnamese subtitles.

According to organizers, feelings and expressions of love vary in cultures and individuals.

The latest film Paradise Kiss (2011), for instance, depicts a gradual development of love between a handsome fashion designer-to-be and a high school girl, while the action movie Kamui (2009) focuses on love for freedom.

Both films have big Asian stars - Osamu Mukai and Keiko Kitagawa, and Kenichi Matsuyama (Norwegian Wood) and Koyuki (The Last Samurai) -  but the love described in each film is totally different.

 In the film The Milkwoman (2004), an unmarried 50-year-old woman keeps her first love from high school over the decades and the film quietly follows the unexpected turns her life takes after her encounter with this first lover, a married middle-aged civil servant.

For Hanoi, free tickets are available from October 7 at Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Screenings are scheduled on October 20-26 at the National Cinema Center, 87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

 For Da Nang, free tickets are available from November 1 at:

- Le Do Cinema, 46 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau District.

- Film Distribution and Cinema Center, 68 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau District.

Screenings are scheduled on November 11-13 and take place at Le Do Cinema.

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