Japanese Film Week kicks off with “Time of Eve”

The Japanese Embassy in Jordan launched Sunday evening the 10th edition of the Japanese Film Week, screening the drama/science fiction film “Time of Eve,” directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura.

This yearly event is funded by Japan Foundation (JF) and JT International and organized by the Royal Film Commission (RFC). During the Japanese Film Week, four films of diverse topics and genres are scheduled to be screened, belonging to different genres, including SF animation, drama, social film, and suspense. The films will be showcased in the Rainbow Theatre in Amman at 07:00 pm, starting from the 21st until 24th November for free.

In an opening remark, Ambassador of Japan in Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru expressed his graduate for the JF, the JT International, and the RFC for their cooperation. “I hope many Jordanians enjoy watching Japanese films and get interested in Japanese culture,” he added.

The plot of the opening film centers around two high school boys, who grapple with their own humanity in a world where people are served by androids distinguished from their masters only by the halo-like rings above their heads. “The Robots Ethics Committee” dictates that androids should be treated like appliances, and those who empathize with their robots are branded as “android-holics”. Rikuo, and his childhood friend, Masaki, find their assumptions about androids radically challenged when they come across “Time of EVE”; a cafe where androids and people are treated as equals. Masaki and Rikuo must confront old wounds of betrayal and grief, and are faced with decisions that put their friendship and families on the line.

The film participated in Pusan International Film Festival 2011, New York International Children’s Film Festival 2011 and the 3rd Tokyo Animation Fair. It won the Excellence Award at the 9th Tokyo Anime Award and was granted the Jury Recommended Work at Japan Media Arts Festival 2010.

Other films that will be featured in the annual event are: “Where I Belong,” a drama directed by Shinji Azuma; “Recall,” a drama directed by Katsuhide Motoki and “The Scythian Lamb,” a mystery/thriller directed by Daihachi Yoshida.

Source: Jordan News Agency