Workshop for Directors and Actors by Masato Harada

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The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur and Astro A-List proudly present a workshop by Masato Harada.

The award-winning filmmaker will impart his personal tips and tricks from the trade in a one-day session exclusively catered to Malaysian directors and actors. Participants, whether veterans or debutants, can expect to find new content that will hone their skills in front and behind the camera.

Space is limited and registration can be made online by sending an email containing your age, phone number and whether you are registering as an actor or director to with the subject header “Mr. Harada’s Workshop”.

Date: 9 September (Wednesday), 2015
Time: 10 a.m.6 p.m.
Venue: Astro All Asia Broadcast Centre, Technology Park Malaysia, Lebuhraya Puchong-Sg. Besi, Bukit Jalil, 57000, Kuala Lumpur

Participation is free and registration is required.

It is compulsory for all participants to attend the Japanese Film Festival opening ceremony at GSC Pavilion on 8 Sept, 6.30 p.m.

Director’s bio

Born in 1949 in Numazu, Japan, Harada made his directorial debut in 1979 with “Goodbye Flickmania”. His works include films with high entertainment value such as “The Heartbreak Yakuza” (1987) and “Gunhead” (1988) as well as titles that are socially-conscious like “Kamikaze Taxi” (1995), the award-winning “Bounce KoGals” (1997), intense political drama “Jubaku Spellbound” (1999), “The Choice of Hercules” (2002), and the critically-lauded box office success “Climber’s High” (2008). His ability to speak and write in English enabled him to work as an English interpreter; and his friendship with Edward Zwick brought him a role as the sly Omura in “The Last Samurai” (2003). In 2012, he received the Special Grand Prize of the Jury at the 35th Montreal World Film Festival for “Chronicles of My Mother”.

His first jidaigeki (samurai period drama) “Kakekomi” released in 2015 has been received favourably by international critics and was a blockbuster hit.

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