Osaka — The 8th Osaka Asian Film Festival will be held from March 8–17 where a wide selection of independent Japanese movies will be shown across eight different cinemas. The festival aims to promote film making in Osaka and will feature a selection of movies based in the city, but there’s also a focus on Hong Kong, Thai cinema, Chinese filmmaker Li Yu, and three films on the subject of Tohoku’s March 11 disasters.
The festival doesn’t just include flicks, but will also feature talks with directors, a special symposium and welcome party, plus a themed book fair and poster exhibition. Approximately 70% of the movies will have English subtitles. There’s an almost bewildering array of tickets and screenings available, so check the website for venues and prices. It’s wise to get advance tickets as numbers are limited. Prices range from ¥1,100 per movie, to a 1-day ticket for ¥2,800. Tickets are available from Pia machines in convenience stores.