UBD hosts free anime screening

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MEMBERS of the public are invited to attend free screenings of Japanese animation movies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) today and tomorrow, following the launch of the Japanese Anime Movie Festival at the Core yesterday.

Speaking at the launch, Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Noriko Iki said that this is the second time that the Embassy of Japan has shown Japanese movies.

“We were delighted to see a lot of Bruneian people enjoying Japanese movies at last year’s festival and this encouraged us to run the Japanese film festival again this year.

“We have chosen several animation movies to be shown this time and despite two of them (being) unable to be screened as a result of censorship, we have managed to put four excellent productions on the screen for this event,” Iki said.

Iki said that Japanese animation contains a wide variety of art styles, but as a whole is said to be characterised by its detailed depictions, including background sceneries.

“As for the storylines, quite a few productions have rather complex storylines that involve the audience in raw emotions, such as romantic attachment, joy, admiration, courage as well as suffering, struggle, conflict and grief.

“This is because Japanese animation caters not only to young children but also to a teenage or even adult audience,” she added.

The ambassador further said that while the Japanese were proud of the quality and artistry of Japanese animation, it needs to be improved from the viewpoint of compatibility with foreign audiences.

She added that she hoped the event would contribute to enhancing the understanding of Japan in Brunei and to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Present as the guest of honour during the launch yesterday was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof.

Yesterday’s launch event included a screening of one of the films, ‘The Palace Promised in Our Early Days’.

Today’s movie screenings include ‘Princess Arete’ (which will begin at 1.30pm) and ‘5 Centimetres Per Second’ (which will begin at 4pm).

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s movie schedule will consist of ‘Miyori in the Sacred Forest’ (starting 1.30pm), ‘5 Centimetres Per Second’ (starting 3.45pm) and ‘The Palace Promised in Our Early Days’ (starting 5.20pm).

All movies will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Brunei Times