Japan-Related Films at CAAMFest 2017

Consuls General of the Republic of Korea and Japan, Mr. Shin (l) and Mr. Yamada (r)

On March 18 and 19, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco held screenings of two films as a part of CAAMFest 2017, one of the largest Asian film festivals in the United States. These films included the Japan-South Korean collaboration piece “the Tenor” and the Cannes award-winning film “Harmonium”. In total, about 220 people attended these screenings.

The screening of “The Tenor” was co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, and Consul General Yamada attended and gave greetings alongside Consul General Chae-Hyun Shin at the beginning of the program. Prior to the screening, a duet of Japanese koto and Korean gayageum performed and cuisine from both countries was served to attendees.

Consul General Yamada delivers his remarks before the film

Consul General Shin of the Republic of Korea greets the audience

Pre-show entertainment featuring Korean gayageum (l) and Japanese koto (r)

The audience awaits the screening

Special Messages

Mr. Bae Jae-chul
The actual classically trained South Korean opera tenor who lost his ability to sing due to cancer but later regained his confidence and voice through his friendship with a Japanese music producer.
  Mr. Totaro Wajima
Japanese Executive Producer of "The Tenor", friend of Mr. Bae Jae-chul, and real-life inspiration for the character "Koji Sawada" from the film.

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