ISLAMABAD – The Embassy of Japan in Pakistan and TOEI Company of Japan, in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) organised a special premiere of a Japanese film “Sougen no Isu (a chair on the plains)” on Thursday at National Art Gallery (NAG).

Masahiko Nishimura, a prominent Japanese actor in the film, came all the way from Japan to attend the premiere show of the film at the National Art Gallery as a special guest. “Sougen no Isu”, based on a novel written by a prize- winning Japanese writer Teru Miyamoto, is the first ever Japanese film shot in Hunza Valley and Skardu in August 2012.  The film is directed by Izuru Narushima, whose most recent film “Rebirth” won ten awards in Japan Academy Awards last year.

The film features a middle-aged Japanese man’s quest for hope after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake through his journey to Hunza with his close friends of the same generation; his client but close friend, a divorced woman and a boy who is mentally wounded after being abused by his mother. The film aims to encourage people to go forward in their own way, not giving up in today’s Japan.

Akira Kono, Charge’ d Affaires, Embassy of Japan, while speaking at the Special Screening of ‘Sougen no Isu’ said that the film is a fruit of the friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan for which the two countries celebrated 60th anniversary last year, and the mutual cooperation between the two nations was eternalised in the form of this movie. Pakistani crewmembers who contributed in the making of this movie were invited to this premiere.

Kono also said that this movie was special because it had been released in Japan only five days earlier and today being screened in Pakistan.  “At this very moment”, he said “there are thousands of Japanese movie-goers watching the same movie at the theaters in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, or all over Japan”.

Kono extended very warm welcome to Masahiko Nishimura, one of the main characters in the film, for travelling all the way to Islamabad from Japan to join the audience at this special premiere of the film at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts.

Earlier, speaking to media the Japanese actor said usually Pakistan has a bad image in the world and in Japan too but this film will portray the real Pakistan and the lives of people. He praised the beauty of Hunza valley and Skardu saying that it’s like paradise on earth.

The film will also be screened at the PNCA in the morning on March 1st.