Movie Karakara released
January 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo
On January 12, Karakara, a movie jointly produced by Japan and Canada and shot entirely on the islands of Okinawa by Claude Gagnon, was released at Cinema Q in Naha and Mihama 7 Plex in Chatan. Director Claude Gagnon, leading actress Yuki Kudo and producer Takako Miyahira gave speeches at both cinemas in Okinawa. At the Montreal World Film Festival 2012 the movie received the Audience Award and the Special Openness to the World Award. It will be released nationwide on January 19.
Yuki Kudo said, “We would like people to understand that the message of this movie that it is never too late to start afresh in our lives. This message coming from Okinawa means that it rings true. We are really pleased to be able to convey this from Okinawa.” Director Claude Gagnon said, “Right from the start, this movie was filmed with people in Okinawa. I want it to be Okinawa’s movie and for it to be a vehicle to showcase Okinawa to the world.” Yukito Ara who wrote the songs used in the movie, and Isamu Shimoji, who created and sings the theme song, also commented on the movie.
(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)
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