Long a fan of HIFF (Hawaii International Film Festival), I’m happy to see a Spotlight on Okinawa for this year’s festival. Three films shot on location in Okinawa will be shown: “Gunjou (Cobalt Blue),” “Manatsu no Yo no Yume (A Midsummer’s Okinawan Dream)” and “Nada Sou Sou (Tears for You).”
While the three films featured in the Spotlight on Okinawa were filmed on location in Okinawa, the lead actors are not from Okinawa — though they’re represented in supporting roles (mainly Tomi Taira in “Manatsu no Yo no Yume” and “Nada Sou Sou,” and Mitsuru Tamaki in “Manatsu no Yo no Yume” and “Gunjou”).
The film I’m really looking forward to is “Manatsu no Yo no Yume.” The film was directed by Yuji Nakae — a name that should be familiar to Okinawa films fans — who gave us “Nabii no Koi” and “Hotel Hibiscus.”
You’ll find the trailers to the films after the break.
“Manatsu no Yo no Yume – A Midsummer’s Okinawan Dream”
Directed by Yuji Nakae, Japan 2009
“Gunjou (Cobalt Blue)”
Directed by Yosuke Nakagawa, Japan 2009
“Nada Sou Sou”
Directed by Nobuhiro Doi, Japan 2006
In addition to the three films, you’ll find several films with Uchinānchu actresses:
- Yukie Nakama in “Gokusen: The Movie”
- Meisa Kuroki in “Dance Subaru”
- Airi Taira in “20th Century Boys”
I think it’s great that HIFF has included a Spotlight on Okinawa in addition to the films from Japan and I hope we’ll see it every year. So why not support the festival by becoming a part of the HIFF Ohana? (I’ve been a member for 10+ years.)