Shakespeare in Okinawa

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.

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Yuji Nakae’s ‘Koishikute’ Trailer Now Online

Koishikute Film Trailer Perhaps the most anticipated film of 2007 for Okinawa movie fans is “Koishikute”, directed by Yuji Nakae (“Hotel Hibiscus”, “Nabbie’s Love”), and based on the early days of J/O-Pop super group BEGIN. You can now view the trailer of the film (kudos to them for making it available on Apple’s superb QT format too) on the official website and the film opens nationwide in Japan during GW (read: let’s make this a blockbuster!). The trailer is also a great way to hear the group’s forthcoming single and the theme song of the film, “Miifaiyuu” (Imperial Records), which hits stores on the 7th of this month. And those of you who’re into film soundtracks will be happy to know that it’ll be released on March 21, 2007. (It’s worth noting that Japanese film/televsion soundtracks tend to not include the single(s) in them.)