South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival is a major event for cinephiles, and this year it will boast an impressive 192 films from 68 countries. The anime movie Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (translated to English as Josee, The Tiger and the Fish) will have the honor of being the closing feature.
This is partly newsworthy because of South Korea’s longstanding bans on Japanese entertainment, including anime, which have been lifted over the years. The bans were originally put in place in response to Japan occupying Korea from 1910-1945.
According to Anime News Network, Josee is based on a 1985 short story by Seiko Tanabe and it was previously made into a live-action film in 2003. It’s about a college student, Tsuneo, and his friendship with Josee, a girl who can’t walk. The movie is directed by Kotaro Tamura (Noragami) and Shochiku and Kadokawa are working as distributors. The Busan International Film Festival will last from October 21-30.
Source: Anime News Network
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