330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

Singer songwriter from Okinawa GACKT (center of front row) starring in the movie "Karanukan" and other performers on Kokusai Street, Naha, on the evening of April 23.  


April 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 9th Okinawa International Film Festival came to a close on April 23. The organizer of the film festival set up venues this time in Iheya village, Ishigaki City and other places. A variety of events, including movie screenings, performers and directors’ speeches, talents and comedians ‘ stage performances, were held in various places.

According to the organizer’s announcement, the total number of visitors for four days from April 20 to April 23 was about 330,000 people.

A red carpet event was held on Kokusai Street in Naha on April 23. About 1,000 performers, including actors and comedians, walked around and many crowds cheered them on from the sidewalk.

GACKT, a singer-song writer who is from Okinawa and starred in the movie “Karanukan” filmed in the islands by director Yasuhiro Hamano, said: “This movie has been done well – we were able to pack it tightly with the beauty of Okinawa. I am happy to have participated in the work because I have always wanted to contribute to Okinawa.”

Actress Tao Tsuchiya, Okinawan comedian duo Slim Club and Fashion model Tina Tamashiro walked down the red carpet. Eleven-year-old Ayane Taira said, “I came to see them for the first time. It is fun to see all the various people. Tao Tsuchiya is cute. I like her.”

A closing ceremony took place from 4:30 p.m. on April 23 at Naminoue-umisora Park, Naha.

(English translation by T&CT)

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