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[Photo] Making an important phone call

Making an important phone call (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Boat's not in good shape.

Boat's not in good shape. (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Cow's living the good life.

Cow's living the good life. (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Man and lighthouse

Man and lighthouse (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Fried noodles express

Fried noodles express (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Cycling under the watch of Lord Buddha

Cycling under the watch of Lord Buddha (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Stone pillars in the middle of the forest

Stone pillars in the middle of the forest (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Morning flights are great for sleeping

Morning flights are great for sleeping (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

Ryusuke Hamaguchi's 5-hour opus HAPPY HOUR

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi's wonderful HAPPY HOUR , like the Iwai Shunji retrospective, was also part of the Japan Now section in the Tokyo International Film Festival. I need to give props to Japan Now. Ever since the festival started this section last year, with Ando-sensei (yup, my former university professor Kohei Ando-sensei1!!) serving as programming advisor, the section has become one of the main attractions of the festival. The screening of noteworthy (of commercial or critical merit) Japanese films of the past year, complete with Q and A sessions moderated by Ando-sensei, had been great! I remember having dinner with Ando-sensei in August right after he had served as jury member of the Guanajuato International Film Festival (where he saw Happy Hour for the very first time and awarded it the Best International Feature Narrative award) and we discussed about the trickiness of trying to program this film at the Tokyo International Film Festival due to its length (5 hours!!!)

My love letter to Iwai Shunji's Love Letter

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I wrote this on Facebook last month, after watching Iwai Shunji's Love Letter at the Tokyo International Film Festival. I have seen this film countless times in various forms, on VCD, on DVD, on digital file, either on TV or on computer, but never on the big screen, so that particular screening in Tokyo left me overwhelmed, and of course, nostalgic. Here's my love letter to the film Love Letter: I saw Iwai Shunji's Love Letter (2005) on the big screen today. Sometimes you see a film at the right time, at the right age, so you fall in love with it in ways you cannot imagine. It was 1998. I was 14 when I first saw Love Letter, I think this might be the film that made me fell in love with Japanese cinema, the emotional impact it left me was immense. The lyricism, the romanticism, the pain of unspoken love and the melancholy of memories, I was intoxicated by these vivid feelings through this film. I loved a little more, contemplated a little more, daydreamed a little mo

[Photo] Can't ride a bike here

Can't ride a bike here (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)