So yeah, the second largest city in Japan, Osaka, is having its own festival namely Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF) and it is back again this year. This year, OAFF will reach 12 years milestone, it is still young but OAFF is growing fast. Compare to its sibling in Japan, OAFF is bolder with the its film’s choices.
During its run from March 3-12, audiences will get the chance to view a diverse array of high-quality Asian films and home-grown movies.The festival will open with action film MRS K, a Hong Kong/Malaysian co-production starring the legendary actress Kara Hui, a veteran of Shaw Brothers classics such as Return to the 36th Chamber, The Inspector Wears Skirts and the famous My Young Auntie.
The festival will closed with the screening of Parks, which was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Inokashira Park, an expansive area between Kichijoji and Mitaka which features a zoo and the Ghibli Museum. This coming of age film is written and directed by Natsuki Seta, an Osaka-born female director. Another thing I like about OAFF is that it is a festival that actually female friendly.
We all know that so many talented female directors don’t get the support they deserved. Last year, the festival had My Sister, The Pig Lady as the winner (if you haven’t watch it, what are you waiting for). Hats off to Teruoka Sozo as the festival head programmer.
And speaking of Indonesia, there will be two films screened here; Interchange and My Stupid Boss. Interchange will be in Competition Section while My Stupid Boss will be in Special Program. Interchange which directed by Malaysian Dain Iskandar Said is a noir supernatural film starred by Nicholas Saputra and Prisia Nasution.
Interchange competes against 15 other films from all over Asia. Hopefully, It can take home few categories. OAFF appointed Ho Yuhang, Monster Jimenez and Nakanishi Miho as the jury member. So, if you happen to be in Kansai on March, be sure to attend the vast array of programmes held by OAFF.