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UTSA hosts free Japanese Film Festival

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Feb. 7, 2007)--The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures will host the UTSA Japanese Film Festival. Showings are Feb. 11 and 20 and March 1 at the 1604 Campus and UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures.

The films are a sampling of internationally recognized Japanese films and directors. Free and open to the public, all films are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Featured films are "Kids Return," directed by Takeshi Kitano; "Nabbie's Love," directed by Yuji Nakae and "Barren Illusion," directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. See the film schedule below.

The Japan Foundation in New York selected UTSA, Duke University, Northeastern State University, Sewanee University of the South and University of Florida as hosting institutions in the southern region for the 2007 Japanese Film Festival showings.

The foundation's New York office organizes the annual film series in which Japanese films are screened at educational and cultural institutions across the United States. The series provides the opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture through its rich film history.

For more information, contact Masato Yabe at (210) 458-7712.

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UTSA Japanese Film Festival

"Kids Return" (1996, 108 min.)
Directed by Kitano Takeshi
Sunday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.
John Peace Library Building Assembly Room (4.03.08), 1604 Campus

"Kids Return" is the story of two friends and their trek through life. It shows how two men's paths cross after years of moving apart and what happens when those paths cross.

"Nabbie's Love" (1999, 92 min.)
Directed by Nakae Yuji
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m.
UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures

"Nabbie's Love" is a comedy about an old woman's passionate love incubated for 60 years on a small tropical island off Okinawa.

"Kids Return" (1996, 108 min.)
Directed by Kitano Takeshi
Thursday, March 1, 11 a.m.
Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 2.01.06, 1604 Campus

"Barren Illusion" (1999, 95 min.)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m.
Business Building Room 2.06.04, 1604 Campus

"Barren Illusion" is the story of a couple struggling to find happiness within their relationship and in their own lives. As they move away from each other they come to some harsh realizations.

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