STORY: Chinese Film Days kick off in Bucharest
DATELINE: Feb. 4, 2023
1. various of people attending the "Happy Chinese New Year" Chinese Film Days
2. various of Chinese Ambassador to Romania Han Chunlin speaking
3. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): HAN CHUNLIN, Chinese Ambassador to Romania
4. various of Chinese Film Days
The "Happy Chinese New Year" Chinese Film Days kicked off late Friday at the Happy Cinema in the capital of Bucharest, starting the first commercial distribution and screening of Chinese films in cinemas in Romania.
Romanian film critic Irina Margareta Nistor welcomed the release of Chinese films in Romania, hoping that Romanian audiences can better understand modern and contemporary China through this film festival.
Chinese Ambassador to Romania Han Chunlin attended the opening ceremony of the cultural event.
SOUNDBITE (Chinese): HAN CHUNLIN, Chinese Ambassador to Romania
"Six Chinese films will show at cine
STORY: Chinese film exhibition kicks off in Cuba
DATELINE: Feb. 4, 2023
1. various of the event
2. various of attendees
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish): RAMON SAMADA, President of ICAIC
4. various of Chinese films
5. various of the event
A Chinese film festival was inaugurated Thursday in Havana, Cuba.
Four films made between 2014 and 2019 were included in the event, the Chinese Film Showcase.
The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) and the Cuban Ministry of Culture have helped organize the event.
SOUNDBITE (Spanish): RAMON SAMADA, President of ICAIC
"We are pleased to have a film showcase representative of Chinese culture with the exhibition of four films of various genres and themes that bring us closer to the culture and reality of that beloved country."
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Havana.
STORY: Palestinian farmer makes profit in growing saffron in West Bank
DATELINE: Feb. 3, 2023
1. various of Jaber Bani Taha at his farm
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): JABER BANI TAHA, Nablus-based Palestinian farmer
Jaber Bani Taha, a Palestinian farmer living in Nablus, has earned himself good money by planting saffron in the West Bank.
"I came up with the idea to grow saffron in 2012 when I watched a number of documentary films that showed its benefits for people's health," the 46-year-old farmer told Xinhua.
As the first person to grow the plant on the West Bank, Taha came across many challenges.
He had little money and couldn't afford to buy the bulbs from overseas. A project funded by the non-government Agricultural Relief helped him to import 17,000 bulbs from the Netherlands.
Taha said he kept cultivating the bulbs for three years to harvest more saffron that would be enough to sell them.
"Every year the number of bulbs increa
(230113) -- BRUSSELS, Jan. 13, 2023 (Xinhua) -- A man films a Fiat 500 Cabrio during the press day of the 100th Brussels Motor Show in Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 13, 2023.
The 100th Brussels Motor Show will be held here from Jan. 14 to 22. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
TOKYO, Japan - File photo taken in November 2001 shows Etsuko Takano, general manager of Iwanami Hall, a Tokyo movie theater famous for screenings of foreign art films. Takano died of colon cancer at a Tokyo hospital on Feb. 9, 2013, the 45th anniversary of the founding of Iwanami Hall. She was 83 years old.
IWAKI, Japan - A stuffed toy of Totoro is used to promote electricity conservation at a public relations facility for nuclear power plants in the town of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 19, 2010. Studio Ghibli, known for releasing animated films featuring environmental issues, decided to withdraw a Ghibli character shop from the facility.
WAKAYAMA, Japan - A pair of activists (L) from the Sea Shepherd conservation group films the local fishery cooperative's covered facilities for handling dolphins caught in a hunt in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, on Nov. 5, 2013.
LOCARNO, Switzerland - ''Ai no Yokan'' (The Rebirth) by Japanese director Masahiro Kobayashi (file photo) won the Golden Leopard at the 60th Locarno International Film Festival on Aug. 11. The work by Kobayashi, 53, a mostly silent film which offers a gripping account of unspoken love, pain and survival, was awarded the prize from among 19 films in the main competition.
TOKYO, Japan - Photo taken in November 2013 shows renowned Japanese actor, Bunta Sugawara, who died of liver cancer at 81 at a Tokyo hospital on Nov. 28, 2014. Sugawara starred in a number of films and TV dramas, including the 1973 film "Battle Without Honor and Humanity" (Jingi naki tatakai) depicting a gangster conflict. He also engaged in agriculture in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, in his later years.
TOKYO, Japan - File photo taken in October 2010 shows opera singer Keiko Nakajima, who died of respiration failure on Nov. 23, 2014, at 57. While frequently appearing on TV shows and in commercial films, Nakajima was also involved as her life's work in commemorative concerts for those who were killed in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.
TOKYO, Japan - Japanese actress Miho Kanno (R) and actor Kotaro Koizumi attend the opening ceremony for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival at Roppongi Hills complex building in central Tokyo on Oct. 23, 2014. Around 300 films will be shown at the event, the largest film festival in Japan, through Oct. 31.
TOKYO, Japan - Japanese actress Miho Kanno waves as she attends the opening ceremony for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival at Roppongi Hills complex building in central Tokyo on Oct. 23, 2014. Around 300 films will be shown at the event, the largest film festival in Japan, until Oct. 31.
TOKYO, Japan - Japanese actress Rie Miyazawa attends the opening ceremony for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival at the Roppongi Hills complex in central Tokyo on Oct. 23, 2014. Around 300 films will be shown at the event, the largest film festival in Japan, through Oct. 31.
TOKYO, Japan - File photo taken in 1974 shows Yoshiko Yamaguchi, a China-born Japanese singer and actress who became a House of Councillors member that year. Yamaguchi, who appeared in several films under the name of Li Xianglan, died of heart failure on Sept. 7, 2014, aged 94, her office said Sept. 14.
TOKYO, Japan - File photo taken in 1949 shows Yoshiko Yamaguchi, a China-born Japanese singer and actress who appeared in several films under the name of Li Xianglan. Yamaguchi, who later became a House of Councillors member, died of heart failure on Sept. 7, 2014, aged 94, her office said Sept. 14.
TOKYO, Japan - File photo taken in March 1954 shows Yoshiko Yamaguchi (R), a China-born Japanese singer and actress who appeared in several films under the name of Li Xianglan, and American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who was Yamaguchi's husband at the time, upon their arrival at Tokyo's Haneda airport. Yamaguchi, who later became a House of Councillors member, died of heart failure on Sept. 7, 2014, aged 94, her office said Sept. 14.
TOKYO, Japan - Photo taken in February 2005 shows Yoshiko Yamaguchi, a China-born Japanese singer and actress who became a House of Councillors member in 1974. Yamaguchi, who appeared in several films under the name of Li Xianglan, died of heart failure on Sept. 7, 2014, aged 94, her office said Sept. 14.
WASHINGTON, United States - Dianne Fukami, a third-generation Japanese-American, speaks in an interview in San Francisco on Aug. 27, 2014. She said her documentary film "Stories from Tohoku" depicting the resilience of people in the northeastern Japan region, hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, evokes the image of camps in which her parents and other Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II.
TOKYO, Japan - Photo shows actor and stage director Masakane Yonekura, who died on Aug. 26, 2014, at 80. While playing lead roles and serving as stage director for theater company Gekidan Mingei until leaving the group in 2000, Yonekura also appeared in television dramas and films.
SENDAI, Japan - An 8-millimeter film damaged by the March 2011 tsunami is pictured on March 20, 2014, in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. A group led by Junji Ito, a specially appointed professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, is collecting 8-mm films and other media that record sceneries of Ofunato before the disaster.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - A staff member (R) of a pro-Russian television station films a group of women waving the Russian national flag and cheering for Moscow in Sevastopol in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, southern Ukraine, on March 4, 2014. Such footage is part of efforts to arouse support for Russian control over the Crimean region.
FUKUOKA, Japan - Photo taken Feb. 8, 2014, shows Yoshiyuki Yahiro, a curator at the Fukuoka City Public Library in Sawara Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, standing inside the library's film archive which possesses a total of about 1,000 films from around the world.
STORY: Film studio in China's Xi'an uses AI to restore classic movies
DATELINE: Dec. 17, 2022
LOCATION: XI'AN, China
1. various of the studio
2. various of people working
3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Chinese): YANG XINHANG, Video technical director of Xi'an Film Studio, China
4. SOUNDBITE 2 (Chinese): YANG XINHANG, Video technical director of Xi'an Film Studio, China
Xi'an Film Studio in China's Shaanxi Province has employed artificial intelligence (AI) to restore and colorize classic movies.
The studio has completed the restoration or colorizing of more than 300 films including "A Tale of the West" and "Red Sorghum," since the work started in 2009.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Chinese): YANG XINHANG, Video technical director of Xi'an Film Studio, China
"The AI system needs to study over 10,000 pictures and then it can automatically identify the damage, scratches on the films, and automatically repair them. Besides, in terms of AI colorizing, it's very close to manual resto
TOKYO, Japan - File photo shows Japanese film director Shion Sono. His "Why don't you play in hell?" has won an audience award at the Midnight Madness section specializing in action and horror films of the Toronto International Film Festival, its Japanese distributor said on Sept. 16, 2013.
TOKYO, Japan - People enter Ginza Cine Pathos, the only movie theater to screen old classic films in Tokyo's Ginza area, on March 31, 2013, to see the last screening there. The cinema closed the same day, ending its more than 45-year history.
TOKYO, Japan - Photo taken on March 31, 2013, shows the entrance of an underground mall housing Ginza Cine Pathos, the only movie theater to screen old classic films in Tokyo's Ginza area. The cinema closed the same day, ending its more than 45-year history.
LONDON, Britain - This photo taken March 27, 2013, in London shows a range of figures made by Shoichi Koga who was inspired by traditional folklore and action fantasy films. This work forms part of an exhibition of more than 300 pieces by Japanese artists suffering from a variety of mental illnesses and behavioral disorders that will open at the Wellcome Collection in the city the following day.
NAHA, Japan - Members of a civil group which has collected film footage of the Battle of Okinawa -- to highlight the misery of the war -- announce at a press conference at the Okinawa prefecture offices in Naha on Dec. 27, 2012, that it will conclude its activities on March 15 since it has fulfilled its mission. Established in 1983, the group has collected video footage from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and screened it, while producing documentary films that include testimonies from survivors of the battle.
TOKYO, Japan - Photo shows the entrance of an underground mall housing Ginza Cine Pathos, the only movie theater that screens old classic films in Tokyo's Ginza area on July 19, 2012. The cinema is due to close at the end of March 2013, ending its 45-year history.
TOKYO, Japan - Photo shows Ginza Cine Pathos, the only movie theater that screens old classic films in Tokyo's Ginza area on July 19, 2012. The cinema is due to close at the end of March 2013, ending its 45-year history.
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Japanese actor Yukihiko Kageyama (R) and Japanese singer and actress Erina Nishida pose in front of a poster advertising ''Father's Lullaby,'' a Taiwanese film in which they appeared, in Taipei on March 5, 2012. The film is one of five Taiwanese films to be screened at the Osaka Asian Film Festival opening March 9.
TOKYO, Japan - File photo shows Japanese animation director Isamu Hirabayashi. His short animation entitled ''663114'' received special mention in the ''generation section'' competition for films for youths 14 to 17 years old at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 17, 2012.
HIROSHIMA, Japan - Photo taken on Sept. 6, 2011, shows a view of Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, where a number of films have been shot.
LONDON, Britain - Members of the audience at the screening of two documentary films about Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a survivor of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in London, on Aug. 16, 2011. A 2006 documentary film about Yamaguchi, ''Double Victim of the Atomic Bomb,'' and its 2011 sequel, ''Double Victim of the Atomic Bomb/The Testament of Yamaguchi Tsutomu,'' were screened at the venue.
TOKYO, Japan - Japanese actress and film director Kaori Momoi (front) talks to Japanese film director Naomi Kawase (seen on screen) in Tokyo on July 27, 2011. Kawase, a Cannes International Film Festival award-winner, and Momoi are among dozens of film directors around the world who have made short films in dedication to the victims of March's earthquake and tsunami, in response to calls from organizers of a film festival to be held in disaster-hit Sendai in the autumn.
BEIJING, China - Former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso (2nd from R) and Japanese film director Yoji Yamada (R) attend a press conference in Beijing on June 8, 2011, before an opening ceremony for cultural events to introduce Japanese films, TV dramas and animation in China.
BEIJING, China - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) and former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso shake hands in Beijing on June 8, 2011, as they attend the opening ceremony for cultural events to introduce Japanese films, TV dramas and animation in China. Aso of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party attended the event as a special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
BEIJING, China - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) and former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso (2nd from R) pose for photos with students of a local Japanese school at the National Museum of China in Beijing on June 8, 2011. Wen and Aso attended an opening ceremony at the site for cultural events in China to introduce Japanese films, TV dramas and animation.
BEIJING, China - A police officer films pedestrians on a street in Beijing on Feb. 26, 2011. Chinese authorities have been on heightened alert amid Internet calls for a second round of weekly pro-democracy rallies scheduled for the following day in major Chinese cities.
TOKYO, Japan - 'Manga' cartoonist Rieko Saibara holds up figurines of characters in her comic book series ''Mainichi Kasan'' (everyday mom) during an interview in Tokyo on Dec. 21, 2010. Several of Saibara's cartoon series have been adapted into films since 2009, with ''Mainichi Kasan'' being the latest and fifth one, scheduled to start showing in February. It depicts the 46-year-old cartoonist's own struggles in life -- being a mother of two and a wife of an alcoholic, getting divorced and then taking her dying ex-husband back into her home as he fights cancer.
NARA, Japan - Actors, actresses and other film industry personnel stand on the red carpet during the opening ceremony of the Nara International Film Festival in Nara on Aug. 25, 2010. A total of 21 films, mostly shot in Nara Prefecture, will be screened at the festival, initiated by director Naomi Kawase, winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
TOKYO, Japan - This file photo taken in September 1998 shows production designer and art director Yoshiro Muraki who died of heart failure on Oct. 26, 2009, aged 85. Muraki was known for his work in most of the films directed by Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998).
TOKYO, Japan - Freelance announcer Junko Kubo (L) and newscaster Jon Kabira (R) walk on a special ''green carpet'' on the first day of the 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment district on Oct. 17, 2009. Kubo and Kabira emceed the event featuring about 270 films.
TOKYO, Japan - Participants in the Comic Market are seen carrying paper bags bearing images of various characters in animated films and games at the Tokyo Big Sight on Aug. 14, 2009. People carrying such bags are also commonly seen at other similar events in Japan.
TOKYO, Japan - Participants in the World Cosplay Summit 2009 in Nagoya pose for photos during a visit to the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on July 29 wearing costumes representing characters from popular games and animated films. Participants from China, Brazil and other countries will join the Aug. 1-3 event, which will mark its seventh year.
TOKYO, Japan - Women look at film posters at the Korean Culture Center in Tokyo's Yotsuya district on May 15. The center has been crowded with visitors since reopening May 11, with many attending screenings of South Korean films.
TOKYO, Japan - A 12.7-meter-wide, 2.8-meter-high mural of the legendary ''anime'' film ''Galaxy Express 999'' is put up at Oizumi Gakuen Station of Seibu Railway Co. in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, dubbed the birthplace of Japanese animated films.
LOS ANGELES, United States - Director Yojiro Takita (C) along with cast and crew members pose for photographers at a news conference after winning the Oscar for best foreign language film for ''Okuribito'' (Departures) at the 81st Academy Awards on Feb. 22 in Hollywood, California. (From L to R) Actress Kimiko Yo, actor Masashiro Motoki, Takita, actress Ryoko Hirosue and writer Kundo Koyama, all from best foreign language film winner ''Departures.''
LOS ANGELES, United States - (From L to R) Japanese actor Masahiro Kimoto, Japanese director Yojiro Takita and Japanese actress Ryoko Hirosue pose for photographers at a news conference after the film ''Okuribito'' (Departures), directed by Takita, was awarded an Oscar as the best foreign language film at the 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California, on Feb. 22. Kimoto played the leading role in the film, while Hirosue played his wife.