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Japanese Film Festival 2013 (Kuching) Launch

September 26, 2013
Kuching, Thu (Sept 26, 2013)  

Main organisers, Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia celebrated the Kuching  launch of  Japanese Film Festival 2013 today with a delicious spread of local cuisine and a preview screening of romance comedy movie “Ken & Mary - (Digital 2D)” in GSC CityONE Megamall Kuching.

Host for the evening was Mr Shoichi Toyoda (Director of Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur) and Ms Kyoko Kugai (Senior Program Officer of Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur). 

Joining them was honoured guests, YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani (Sarawak State Secretary), Mr. Koichi Wada (General Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation) YB Julaihi Narawi (Assistant Minister, Ministry of Industrial Development), Dr. Rita Manurung (Chief Executive Office, Sarawak Biodiversity), YB Datuk Hj Talib Zulpilip (Chairman, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation), Datu Haji Sarudu (General Manager, Sarawak Timber Industry Development) and Datu Haji Ismawi (Director, State Planning Unit).

2013 marks the 1st year the film festival is extended to East Malaysia in GSC CityOne Megamall, Kuching and GSC Suria Sabah, Kota Kinabalu over a 4 day period each at both the locations. 

 “We are very glad that we could come back to this beautiful city Kuching with the Japanese Film Festival again this year. And it is the very first time that Kuching has become one of the official venues of Japanese Film Festival in Malaysia. The Japanese Film Festival has marked its 10th anniversary this year since its first time in 2004 in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. We believe that It has been enjoyed by a lot of Malaysian audiences throughout the years, as we have been trying hard to respond to the requests from Japanese film fans in Malaysia”, shared Mr Shoichi Toyoda (Director of Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur) in the event today.

A total of eight (8) Japanese movies will be featured in the film festival, which includes a famous manga and anime series, “Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea” in Digital 2D. Not to be missed movies include romance comedy “The Great Passage” and heart-warming culinary comedy, “The Chef of South Polar”. Animation movie “Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror” is highly recommended for children and family. 

Japanese Film Festival 2013 will commence in East Malaysia on Sept 26 – 29 in GSC CityOne Megamall, Kuching and Oct 3 – 6 in GSC Suria Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. Tickets for the movies will be priced at RM6 each except for “Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea” which will be priced at GSC’s prevailing ticket pricing for Digital 2D format.

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