Family in focus at Asian showcase of DIFF 2009

Mon Dec 14,2009

Family gets a standing ovation at the Asian film showcase of DIFF 2009 with high emotion, drama and unconditional love.

Nashen Moodely, Director – AsiaAfrica, said the selection of films this year offer valuable insights into how cinema in various Asian countries is evolving in direct response to the fast pace of societal change. “At the core of the narration, however, is the power of familial bonding, a theme that has always been close to Asian filmmakers, given the cultural setting,” he added.

Japan’s Lost Paradise in Tokyo (Dec. 15, 3.30pm, Cinestar 10, Mall of the Emirates) is a sensitive and unsettling tale of passion, aspiration and family ties in modern-day Tokyo. The film is directed by Kazuya Shiraishi. Following the death of their father, real-estate agent Mikio has assumed responsibility for his elder, mentally-disabled brother Saneo.

Another hard-hitting film from Japan is A Normal Life, Please (Dec. 15, 7.30pm, Cinestar 8; and Dec. 16, 4.15pm, Cinestar in which an overworked truck driver is menaced by a gang hired by his employers after he joins a workers’ union.

At The End Of Daybreak (Dec. 15, 1.30pm, Cinestaran entry from Malaysia directed by Yuhang Ho, is a modern-day fable of morality, illicit passion and a desperate mother. When Tuck Chai, a spoilt young man who lives with his mother, embarks on an illicit relationship with an underage schoolgirl, he soon finds himself threatened with the police by the girl’s enraged parents.

The full listings of films can be accessed via the DIFF website ( and downloaded on to your mobile phone. DIFF is celebrating its sixth year at this year’s festival and is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF and the event is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).

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