PIA Film Festival: Classics

  • PIA Film Festival: Classics
  • Saturday, June 8, 2:45 p.m. Naxoshalle Kino
  • In presence of Keiko ARAKI

The acclaimed Pia Film Festival, founded in 1977, aims at discovering and supporting new filmmakers. An important part of its programme is the PFF Award competition for independent movies. Festival director Keiko ARAKI will personally present three awarded PIA films from the 1990s.

  • Dodge Ball in Heat
  • Shakunetsu no dojjiboru 灼熱のドッジボール
  • Director & Script: Tomoyuki FURUMAYA
  • Japan 1992, 16mm, 15 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Actors: Yukako SHIMIZU, Sou MATSUSHIMA, Maki NAKANO

On a hot summer day a schoolgirl spends her last day with her friends before moving to another town. A game of dodgeball starts and two boys fight for her attention. For DODGE BALL IN HEAT, Tomoyuki FURUMAYA was awarded the Grand Prix of the PIA Film Festival in 1992. His following films BAD COMPANY (2001 / NC ´03) and SAYONARA MIDORI-CHAN (2005) have also won numerous awards.

  • No Misbehaviour in the Dorm
  • Ryonai genshuku 寮内厳粛
  • Director & Script: Shinsuke SATO
  • Japan 1994, 16mm, 18 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Actors: Noriyuki ISHIGURO, Hiroki KAWANO, Makiko MIYAMOTO

In a school dormitory, mistrust spreads amongst some students. Why doesn't Tachibana have to learn and still keeps improving his grades? The other students' curiosity leads them to search his room, where their suspicions seem to be confirmed. NO MISBEHAVIOR IN THE DORM won the PIA Film Festival Grand Prix in 1994. Later films like THE PRINCESS BLADE (2001 / NC '02) and GANTZ (2011 / NC '11) made Shinsuke SATO one of the most successful Japanese blockbuster directors.

  • Ao chong 青~chong~
  • Director & Script: Sang Il LEE
  • Japan 1999, miniDV, 54 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • World Sales: PIA Film Festival
  • Actors: Hidekazu MAJIMA, Ryuji YAMAMOTO, Naohiro ARIYAMA

In BLUE CHONG, which was his graduation project at the Japanese Academy of Moving Images, LEE Sang-il skillfully manages to approach the difficult subject of the Korean minority in Japan through a charming and very involving story about a man between two nationalities. The film won the Grand Prix at PFF 2000. With his follow-ups HULA GIRLS (2007) and VILLAIN (2010) being huge successes, LEE is now considered one of the virtuosos in Japanese cinema.

Go back