Yoshimoto Kogyo planning Okinawa film fest – Tokyograph

Last week, Yoshimoto Kogyo unveiled its plans to hold an international film festival in Chatan, Okinawa, next year. Known as the Okinawa International Movie Festival 2009, the event’s theme is ‘Laugh & Peace.’ It will take place on March 19-22.

Among the works being screened are the 100 short films directed by Yoshimoto Kogyo entertainers, which were created as part of a large project that began last year.

The festival’s program includes a competition section for full-length films, screening comedies from around the world. 5 million yen has been set aside as the prize money for the top award. Two smaller competition sections have been created for short films and commercials, with each offering a 1 million yen prize.

Yoshimoto Kogyo is hoping to make the festival an annual event. More details about the festival are available at the official website.

(Link: Yoshimoto Kogyo planning Okinawa film fest – Tokyograph.)

Syakari celebrates 10th anniversary with a best of album

Pop group Syakari will be marking their 10th anniversary with their very first best of album titled “10th anniversary BEST~Boku to Iu Na no Chizu~.” The 15-track album will be released on 10/22/08 and retail for ¥2,800.

Included is their single (above YouTube clip) “Taiyou no Hito” and the best of album spans their album releases from 1999’s “Kotoba no Kawari ni” to 2007’s “Uta Yabira”—they’ve released six albums to date.

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Trivia: Syakari’s lead vocalist, Chiaki (from Chatan), got her start singing chorus for DIAMANTES, drummer/guitarist/sanshin/percussionist Kannari (Kazunari Uechi) started out with Rinken Band, and guitarist Masaru is often featured on albums from other artists. The name Syakari is a rearranged version of the area of Chatan that Chiaki is from, Jagaru, known for their eisaa.

(Via Campus Record Staff Blog.)