Japanese film festival brings unique films to Chiang Mai
Celebrating 130 years of Thailand – Japan diplomatic relations
The movie poster for Creepy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
The Japanese Film Festival kicks off in
Chiang Mai on February 23 and celebrates 130 years of Thai – Japanese
friendship. The event, which features anime and live action films from
Japan, opens the 23rd of February and runs through February 26,
2017 at SFX Cinema Maya
Organized by the Japan Foundation,
Bangkok, they have selected 8 most recent films, including an award
winning film titled In This Corner of the World. This crowd funded
feature film is from Mai Mai Miracle writer and director Mr. Sunao
Katabuchi. This historical animation won various recognized awards,
including the Best Film Awards from the 38th Yokohama Film Festival and
the Hiroshima Peace Film Award from the 3rd Hiroshima International Film
Festival in 2016. Its tremendous success was echoed in 2017 with a Best
Director and Best Japanese Film Award from Kinema Junpo, Japan’s oldest
Also on offer are “Sanada Ten
Braves” (by Director Yukihiko Tutsumi and starring Mr. Masaya Kato),
“Sweet Bean (An)” (by Director Naomi Kawase) and “Creepy” (by Director
Kiyoshi Kurosawa) which will close out the festival.
Tickets are available at SFX Cinema
Maya for 80 baht each. They are also offering the “Watch-Write-Win”
contest - watch a movie, write a review and win a prize for two sets of
two economy return tickets to Tokyo for entry to the “Tokyo
International Film Festival 2017” and two night accommodation in Tokyo.
Vote for your favorite film in the Festival and write a review to
participate in the contest to win the prize. For more information,
Japanese Film Festival 2017 –
Thailand (English and Thai languages available)
Films on offer: Opening: In This
Corner of the World directed by Mr. Sunao Katabuchi (2016, 128 mins),
Chihayafuru Part 1 directed by Norihiro Koizumi (2016, 111 mins),
Chihayafuru Part 2 directed by Norihiro Koizumi (2016, 102 mins). Creepy
directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (2016, 130 mins), Harmonium directed by
Koji Fukada (2016, 118 mins), Sanada Ten Braves directed by Yukihiko
Tutsumi (2016, 135 mins), Sweet Bean (An) directed by Naomi Kawase
(2015,113 mins) and The Top Secret: Murder in Mind directed by Keisho
Otomo (2016, 148 mins).
The Japanese Film Festival schedule for SFX Cinema Maya.
Ninth Annual CMPG Exhibition features the works of local photographers
One of the photographic subjects recreates his portrait at the CMPG Exhibition opening on January 28, 2017.
The Ninth Annual Chiang Mai
Photographic Group Exhibition opened at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall on
Saturday, January 28, 2017 and closes on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Featuring
photos from 35 photographers from over half a dozen countries, the
exhibition was filled with photos from a variety of regions and subjects.
Martin Venzky-Stalling of Creative
Chiang Mai presided over the opening ceremony and congratulated the artists
and the audience to the event and talked a bit about Creative Chiang Mai and
how it brings new and old together in the city. Creative Chiang Mai focuses
on the creative economy and creativity and how the exhibition provides local
people and visitors to get a different perspective, perhaps on something
they have already seen but through different eyes, those of the artist. He
mentioned how Chiang Mai has such a strong international community that
wants to help the local community experience new things and how photography
is in the reach of amateurs and everyone. He encouraged people to talk to
members of the group and learn more about what they do.
Co-organizer Wyndham Hollis thanked
organizer Mike See and the photographers for getting everything set up and
ready for the event. He also thanked sponsor Canon who did a lot of the
printing and has done so for three years. He noted that their fantastic
inkjet printing has brought the quality of the exhibition up to a whole new
level. He also thanked Pop from Photo Bug, and Maya Lifestyle Mall, River
Market where the club meets, and Chez Charlotte a new luxury nail shop to be
opening soon in the Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai.
The exhibition is on the 3rd
floor of Maya Lifestyle Mall on Huay Kaew Road until Sunday, February 5,
2017. The mall is open daily from 11 a.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. weekends.
Martin Venzky-Stalling of Creative Chiang Mai cuts the ribbon to open the CMPG Exhibition opening that runs until Sunday, February 5, 2017.
The subjects range the gamut from fun loving kids seeing themselves on camera for the first time to animals to architecture and much more.
Photographer Stuart Land with one of his photos on display at the CMPG Exhibition at Maya Lifestyle Mall.
Baan Tawai hosts Wood Carving Fair from January 30 – February 5
A Baan Tawai villager gilds one of the wooden items produced at the village, gilding demonstrations will be held at the Baan Tawai Wood Carving Fair from January 30 to February 5, 2017.
Famed wood handicraft village Baan
Tawai is hosting the 27th annual Baan Tawai Wood Carving Fair
that opened January 30, 2017 and runs through February 5, 2017 at the
village located in Hang Dong District.
Famous for its wood handicrafts
including woodcarvings, gold-leaf wood, antique wood, silverware,
lacquerware, hand-woven textile, basketry and earthenware Baan Tawai is
well-known as a creative village and villagers pass along their skills from
generation to generation. The village was named an OTOP (One Tambon, One
Product) Village of Thailand by the Department of Community Development, and
was awarded the first OTOP Tourism Village of Thailand from the Ministry of
Tourism and Sports.
In addition to arts and crafts for sale
there were also be carving demonstrations and lacquering, gilding and other
crafts people explaining the process. The Fair will feature country singing
contests, larb and somtum making contests, local art performances and of
course a Miss Baan Tawai contest.
Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang
Mai Branch head Wisut Buachum said that the fair garners interest from both
locals and foreigners, with many products for sale at reasonable prices and
a lot of fun activities.
For more information, please contact
Baan Tawai Trade and Tourism Information Center at 081-8824882.
Baan Tawai in Hang Dong is hosting the 27th Baan Tawai Wood Carving Fair until February 5, 2017.