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Arts Blouin Artinfo2014 March

All Laughs as 6th Okinawa International Movie Festival Winners Announced

by Robert Michael Poole

The 6th edition of the Okinawa International Movie Festival concluded with booming fireworks over the beaches of Ginowan on Monday March 24, five days after the sun-drenched event in southern Japan kicked off. Principally dedicated to comedy, the festival has gone from strength to strength since its inaugural edition, and while this year it lacked the Hollywood star-power of 2013, when director Joel Schumacher helmed the jury, the festival spread out further in to the local communities of Okinawa, and held two red carpets, the second of which took place on the main street of the prefecture capital of Naha, when it seemed all the islands stopped for a few hours to witness the parade.

Laughter Rules at Okinawa’s Movie Fest

by Robert Michael Poole

Now in its fourth year, the festival will show 26 films under its dual program categories, “Laugh” and “Peace.” Selections include movies from Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and China, while guests include Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius from “The Artist”, British director Joe Cornish and actor Nick Frost from “Attack the Block”, and Korean director Kim Jung-Kwan and actress Han Ye-Seul from “Penny Pinchers”.