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8 Jul 2011

Asian Queer Film Festival, Tokyo, Jul 8-10 and 15-17

The Asian Queer Film Festival, which features 13 Asian shorts and feature films, will run for two weekends from Jul 8-10 and 15-17.

The Asian Queer Film Festival opens today at the Cinemart Roppongi theater in Tokyo and will run for two weekends from Jul 8-10 and 15-17. The biennial festival, which began in 2007, will screen 13 Asian shorts and feature films each weekend.

Top: When Hainan Meets Teochew (Singapore); Bad Romance (China) – A tale of seven men and women in Beijing navigating heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual relationships.

Kicking off his festival is When Hainan Meets Teochew directed by Han Yew Kwang, a Singapore-made "a romantic comedy between a 'womanly' man and a 'manly' woman."

Noting the film's "nonsensical plotline", the Japan Times said of the film: "For more sophisticated viewers, the story may seem a bit too naive; but when you consider that Singapore's film industry had been virtually nonexistent until the new millennium, it's a wonder that such a liberated piece of cinema has been released there at all. "When Hainan Meets Teochew" opens the AQFF on just the right note — preparing the viewer for the conviction that love can happen among men, women and those who fall in neither category." 

Other highlights include Saratsawadee Wongsomphet's Yes or No, So I Love You (Thailand), first-time filmmaker Francois Chang's Bad Romance (China) and The Secrets (Israel) by by Avi Nesher. Read more in the Japan Times.

All films have English and Japanese subtitles, unless the film itself is in English. Visit www.aqff.jp for ticketing and program details.

First-time filmmaker Francois Chang on Bad Romance


Reader's Comments

1. 2011-07-10 09:01  
It would be wonderful to be able to travel to Tokyo Japan to participate in this festival. I wish everybody involved and attending a wonderful and successful time. Also, goodluck and best wishes to Francios Chang in his future endeavours and studies.
2. 2011-07-11 14:35  
Wishing the Committee a GREAT success for this wonderful event, and hopefully there may be more next year. Would love to see "When Hainan meets Teochew" :)
3. 2011-07-13 11:37  
So wonderful. Best wishes VietnamHope.com

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