TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwanese-Japanese film Omotenashi was selected on Wednesday as one of the two opening films of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which runs from March 19 to April 5.
Omotenashi, a Taiwanese-Japanese co-production, directed by Jay Chen (陳 鈺 杰) and co-starred by Taiwanese Wang Po-chieh (王柏傑) and Japanese Rena Tanaka and Kimiko Yo, tells the story of a meeting between two families in a former spa hotel on the shores of Lake Biwa in Japan.
About 90% of the film was shot in Kansai, Japan.
Chen said he is delighted that the film has been selected to open this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival, especially for actors, as their hard work and excellent acting will finally be shared with the public.
Chen especially praised the performance of Wang and Tanaka.
Because the story was mostly set in Osaka and Kyoto, Wang had to speak a lot of English and Tanaka a lot of Chinese in the film, which the director said took a lot of practice.
Wang, who plays an American-born Chinese in the film, said he takes English lessons every day and asked his English teacher to help him read the English script verbatim.
“I also watched how Americans talk and walk. It was like learning etiquette so you could play an ABC in a convincing way,” he said.
Meanwhile, the other film selected to open the Hong Kong Film Festival is also a Taiwanese film, Xiao Mei, a feature film directed by Maren Huang (黃 榮昇). It has already been selected for the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival 2018 which ended on February 25.