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Beach stage is highlight of International Movie Festival

Date Posted: 2010-03-25

The beach is the best place to be for the best seats at the grand finale of the 2nd Okinawa International Movie Festival this weekend.

Tropical Beach will be alive with entertainment starting with Eisa at 10:50 a.m. Friday. The beach stage will be the principal setting for the festival’s final weekend, while three indoor theaters will screen works today through Sunday. Other festival venues are Palette Kumoji and Sakurazaka in Naha City.

The 2nd Okinawa International Movie Festival, which began March 20th, has been screening dozens of works of all genres, with ‘Laugh & Peace’ the theme. The five judges on the film juries are Kim Dong Ho, President of the Busan International Film Festival held each October, Lee Chi Ngai, a film director from Hong Kong, Lee Khan, a Taiwanese film producer, Christoph Terhechte, Director of the New Cinema Forum in Berlin, Germany, and Eiki Matayoshi, a journalist born in Urasoe City and now a juror for the Minami Nippon Literature Award.

As the films play, noted international guests have been making appearances at the festival sites. Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan, Chinese director Ing Sheng, Chinese actor Steve Yoo Seung Jun, Taiwanese Director Fu Tien-Yu and Adisorn Tresirikasern, a Director from Thailand, have all been mingling with festival visitors.

The Tropical Beach stage is the focal point of the Friday ~ Sunday festivities. The Beach Stage Comedy Show entertains live at 2 p.m. Friday, followed at 3:30 p.m. by Shimanchu Battle. Okinawa’s Song is live at 5:30 p.m. and Rimi Natsukawa is on stage at 6:45 p.m. A special beach screening of Saturday Night Live begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s lineup includes Eisa and Shimanchu Battle, followed by the New International Nico Nico Festival at 1:30 p.m., and a concert of comedians at 6:30 p.m. Sunday will bring Eisa and the beach comedy show, followed by a Welcome TV stage at 1:30 p.m. The festival concludes at 7:30 p.m. with Utatte Odotte Mata Rainen. A complete listing of festival events is at http://www.oimf.jp/en/schedule.

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