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Treat yourself to Japanese movies at a film festival

The Consulate-General of Japan at Chennai, The Madras Film Society, and the Japan Foundation present the four-day Japanese Film Festival ‘Retrospective of Mikio Naruse', to celebrate his 80th anniversary as a film director.

The films will be screened on February 2, 3, 4 and 5, at the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce Auditorium, 606, Anna Salai.

On the first day, watch “Mother” at 6.45 p.m. The story revolves around the Fukuhara family that's working hard to recover after the destruction caused by World War II. The film is based on a collection of essays by grade school students about their mothers. The film portrays an average Japanese mother and the struggle she must face in the post-war era.

The next day, catch “Drifting” at 6.30 p.m. The film is set in the early Showa period (1926-1989), and talks about Fumiko Hayashi and her mother, who support themselves as peddlers. This film is based on an autobiographical novel Journal of a Vagabond written by Fumiko Hayashi. On February 4, “The Echo” will be screened at 6.30 p.m. The story revolves around Shingo Ogata, a 62-year-old company executive, and his married son Shuichi, who is seeing another woman. The same day, catch “Husband and Wife” at 8.10 p.m. The film talks about Naokichi Hayakawa and his family and how their life changes after a series of incidents.

“Two in the Shadow” will be screened on February 5 at 6.30 p.m. The story begins with a happy couple — the man has just got a promotion and the wife is pregnant. But the happiness is not to be — the husband is killed in an accident.




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