Osaka Asian Film Festival 2022 Announces Program Outline

The Osaka Asian Movie Competition (OAFF) 2022 introduced its program define on January 31, 2022.

Occasion Define

The OAFF goals to facilitate human sources improvement and alternate, to invigorate the Osaka financial system, and to extend town’s enchantment, by way of offering alternatives to look at wonderful Asian movies, supporting filmmaking in Osaka and attracting filmmakers from Asian international locations and areas to Osaka. Selling Osaka worldwide as a gateway metropolis for Asian movies, and fascinating with many individuals from the fields of tradition, artwork, schooling, tourism and enterprise, from Osaka and all of Asia, OAFF works as an open platform to contribute to the event of Osaka and cinema.

Marking its seventeenth version this yr and beneath programming director TERUOKA Sozo, OAFF will once more choose high-quality Asian movies. The Competitors part, which receives elevated recognition yearly, will once more choose movies beforehand unreleased in Japan. The Indie Discussion board part, particular applications and different sections may even characteristic all kinds of wonderful Asian movies.

Following on from final yr, along with the common theatrical screenings, OAFF has chosen works that will likely be screened nearly for “Osaka Asian Movie Competition On-line“. Many of those titles have been proven at earlier editions of OAFF and the time is now ripe for them be rediscovered and re-evaluated. The opening movie for the On-line Theater is “Torso(2009/OAFF2010), directed by YAMAZAKI Yutaka. This would be the first ever on-line screening of this title on the earth.

Dates & Venues

March 10 – 20
Umeda Burg 7, Cine Libre Umeda, ABC Corridor and the Nationwide Museum of Artwork, Osaka

OAFF On-line with a particular lineup will likely be held from March 3 – 21.


This part will current the newest Asian movies, all of which may have their Japan premieres at OAFF. From these movies, the jurors will select the winners of the Grand Prix and Most Promising Expertise Award.

[Indie Forum]
The Indie Discussion board part options progressive and difficult movies yearly. To help worldwide promotion of Japanese movies, Japan Society in New York Metropolis bestows the JAPAN CUTS Award for the perfect movie within the part.

[Other sections and special programs]
These sections and particular applications characteristic new actions in cinema from throughout Asia. It’s right here that audiences will likely be launched to a various and different array of movies, from new releases to previous ones, together with particular options which reveal rising developments in Asia, and new discoveries from the cinematic landscapes of Hong Kong and Taiwanese movie. OAFF 2022 will maintain a undertaking
commissioned by the Company for Cultural Affairs, with applications spotlighting filmmakers in Japan, together with screenings of Japanese movies in our common Indie Discussion board part, with the intention to promote additional worldwide recognition for Japanese cinema.

* OAFF 2022 line-up will likely be introduced in mid-February.

Osaka Asian Movie Competition On-line

From March 3 (Thu) to March 21 (Mon), OAFF will go digital with on-line screenings. The main target in the primary will likely be on titles which have been screened at OAFF prior to now which are good to reintroduce to the world at this current time. For a lot of titles, this will likely be their
on-line debut (many obtainable to a worldwide viewers).

These movies will likely be obtainable to hire for a restricted time by way of VOD (video on demand) companies by way of a streaming platform. The viewing interval for these movies is from March 3 to March 21 as “Osaka Asian Movie Competition On-line”.

* OAFF 2022 On-line line-up will likely be introduced in mid-February.

Particulars equivalent to viewing technique and viewing space will likely be introduced on the Official Web site late-February.

[Online Opening Film]

The Japanese film “Torso”, starring WATANABE Makiko and ANDO Sakura, who play half-sisters, would be the opening movie for OAFF’s on-line choice screenings. This movie, which was screened on the fifth OAFF held in 2010, is the directorial debut of YAMAZAKI Yutaka, a veteran cinematographer who has labored on tasks for KORE-EDA Hirokazu and KAWASE Naomi.

Introduction of “Torso”
On the age of 69, YAMAZAKI Yutaka made his directorial debut with “Torso” after an extended profession as cameraman and cinematographer. His credit embrace KORE-EDA Hirokazu’s “After Life”, “No person Is aware of”, “Nonetheless Strolling”, and “After the Storm”. “Torso” covers themes of affection and sexuality and his delicate and detailed photos seize a component of the feminine mentality.

Taking part in the movie’s half-sisters are main actresses WATANABE Makiko (“Love Publicity”, “Nonetheless the Water”) and ANDO Sakura (“100 Yen Love”, “Shoplifters”) who convey delicate performances to the display. Becoming a member of them are AOI Sora, and actors IURA Arata and ISHIBASHI Renji. The movie has been screened on the Torino Movie Competition, Hong Kong Worldwide Movie Competition, and JAPAN CUTS (New York), and has obtained a lot acclaim.

Hiroko (WATANABE Makiko) is an “workplace woman” fairly content material together with her solitary life. Together with her cussed aversion to individuals, the one factor she will love is her “Torso”, a limbless inflatable male doll. Then at some point, her half-sister Mina (ANDO Sakura), fed up together with her boyfriend’s violence and infidelity, comes knocking on her door.

2009/Japan/104 min.
Director, Screenplay, Cinematography: YAMAZAKI Yutaka
Solid: WATANABE Makiko, ANDO Sakura, AOI Sora, IURA Arata, ISHIBASHI Renji, YAMAGUCHI Miyako



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