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Southern Winds

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Wednesday, 21 January
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium

Directed by Mike De Leon, Shoji Kokami, Slamet Rahardjo, Cherd Songsri
Indonesia, Japan, Philippines and Thailand, 1992, 112 minutes
Indonesian, Japanese, Filipino and Thai with English Subtitles

A remarkable omnibus film produced by the Japan Foundation, Southern Winds features four films from four different countries. Directors Slamet Djarot (Indonesia), Mike de Leon (Philippines), Cherd Songsri (Thailand) and Shoji Kokami (Japan) offer visions of railroads and cities, video screens and garbage, high-rises and banyan trees, hot tea and salarymen. Bringing them together, they present portraits of their homelands as well of that of contemporary Asia. In Mirage, a young Indonesian woman is disillusioned by urban life; Aliwan Paradise is a black comedy about establishing a Ministry of Entertainment in Manila; a Bangkok business executive visits his birthplace in Tree of Life; and in Tokyo Game a Japanese retiree becomes obsessed with a video game. Co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies!

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