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Japanese film focus at Mumbai fest

Screenings include Kurosawa, Yamada

NEW DELHI -- The 12th Mumbai Film Festival will showcase an exclusive “Celebration of Japanese Cinema” package featuring a mix of 44 classic and contemporary films that will be inaugurated with the India premiere of 2010 melodrama “About Her Brother” by veteran director Yoji Yamada.

Organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images, an independent body comprised of leading film industry figures. MFF runs October 21-28.

MFF's Japan focus is organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Mumbai and The Japan Foundation.

The selection of films covers eight decades from the early 1930s until the present, featuring a variety of genres and styles such as Masaki Kobayashi’s three-part magnum opus, “The Human Condition” (1959-61) to Mikio Naruse’s intimately-scaled “When A Woman Ascends The Stairs” (1960).

In addition to works by masters such as Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi, also scheduled are more recent films by acclaimed helmers Shuji Terayama and Takashi Miike.

To celebrate the birth centenary of Japan’s most renowned filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa, the festival will include two of his films, a rarely-screened early work, “No Regrets For Our Youth” and his penultimate movie “Ran” (1985).

Also expected to attend the festival is well-known contemporary director Takashi Koizumi. MFF will also hold a seminar on Japanese cinema.