The movie Karakara was screened in Okinawa for the first time last night in conclusion of the Bonjour Quebec! cinema week. Fortunately, the weather had returned to sunny skies after a typhoon had forced the postponement of the previous day’s events. A large audience responded enthusiastically to Claude Gagnon’s road movie set on these islands. Before the screening there was a live performance on stage of the film’s theme song ‘Tumi Dumi’ by Yukito Ara (vocal, sanshin) and Isamu Shimoji (guitar). Ara composed the song and wrote the music for the film. Director Claude Gagnon and some other members of the cast and staff were also interviewed on stage before the screening and they showed off the two awards won at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Megumi Tomita (Akemi), Yuri Yoshimura-Gagnon (executive producer), Claude Gagnon (director), Takako Miyahira (producer), and Yuichi Atta (Kenichi)
Karakara is already being shown in Canada but Japanese audiences must wait until January for its general release. In Okinawa it will open at Cinema Q in Naha on 12th January 2013. It will be shown throughout mainland Japan from the 19th January at cinemas in venues including Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, and Sapporo.
Megumi, Yuri, Isamu Shimoji, Yukito Ara, Claude, Takako, and Yuichi
With Karakara producer Takako Miyahira