Up for grabs we have ‘The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker’, directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story) and available on DVD from January 14th, as well as ‘The Woodsman & the Rain’ directed by Shuichi Okita, the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival and available on DVD from January 28th.
Both are really excellent Japanese films with great casts and high international acclaim. We have three copies of both films to give away to three competition winners. Check the details below to learn a bit more about the movies and how to enter.
‘The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker’
Moving into his new apartment in Sendai, college student Shiina meets his new neighbour Kawasaki. Tall, confident Kawasaki and short, mild-mannered Shiina seem to be unlikely candidates for friendship, but they click over a mutual interest in Bob Dylan. This bizarre, existential adventure story is funny, touching and sad at the same time.
‘The Woodsman & the Rain’
Screening at the 2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, The Woodsman and the Rain is a very sweet and funny film focusing on the unlikely friendship of Katsu (Koji Yakusho) and Koichi (Shun Oguri).
Katsu (internationally acclaimed actor Koji Yakusho from Shall We Dance and 13 Assassins) plays a 60 year-old lumberjack who lives in a small village in the mountains. When a film crew suddenly arrives to shoot a zombie movie, Katsu finds himself unwittingly roped into assisting the production and becomes increasingly frustrated with the pushy crew, especially the young, seemingly spineless director Koichi (Shun Oguri, star of Crows 0, Sukiyaki Western Django and Space Brothers).
How Can I Enter?
To enter this competition, simply leave a comment on this post or tweet us @JapanCentre with hastag #competition telling us which Japanese movie character or star you would love to meet! We will choose a random winner from everyone who leaves a comment and let you know whether you have been chosen by Thursday, January 24 2013.
Good luck everyone and watch out for our next Japan Centre competition!