Union Minister for Information meets Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, attends screening of Japanese Offspring film

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint delivers the speech at the press show for the Japanese Offspring film in Tokyo yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Pe Myint delivers the speech at the press show for the Japanese Offspring film in Tokyo yesterday. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint and party met with Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner Mr Miyata Ryohei and party at the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs yesterday morning.
At the meeting Myanmar-Japan cooperation in making movies, importance of restoration and maintenance of films in motion picture development, arrangements made for development of Myanmar motion picture sector, assistance and support desired were discussed.
At noon the Union Minister and party attended the screening of the digitally restored version of The Daughter of Japan at the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
First, Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner Mr Miyata Ryohei and National Film Archive of Japan director Mr Okajima Hisashi delivered speeches of greetings.
In his speech of greeting in return the Union Minister said the maintenance, restoration and conversion from film to digital system of a Myanmar movie produced for the first time in Japan was the outcome of Myanmar-Japan cooperation. The maintained and restored movie will be transferred to Myanmar in 2020 during the centennial ceremony of Myanmar motion picture. For Myanmar, this will be obtaining back a valuable artistic creation and screening of it will show the Myanmar people the knowledge on the requirement of maintaining a valuable art object and will be beneficial for them said the Union Minister.
For Japan, it will have the opportunity of seeing the exact situation of Japan during the time the movie was made as well as restoring a valuable art object. The art of motion picture brings forth friendship, intimacy and understanding and was internationally recognized as a Soft Power and thus it was believed to support and promote the increase in bilateral cooperation in political, social and economic sector, said the Union Minister.
Afterwards, the Union Minister and party observed the screening of the movie and also attended the talk circle on the move conducted by A1 Film Company Director U Than Tut and Save Myanmar Film project director U Okkar.
The title of “the Japanese Offspring” film in Japan was “Nippon Mutsume” and was jointly produced by Myama A Swe-A1 Film Company from Myanmar and Japan’s PCL Company in 1935. In the afternoon the Union Minister was interviewed by Yomiuri Shimbun reporter and NHK Television Myanmar Language Program producer.
Later the Union Minister and party visited Japan Football Museum and went on to visit book stores in Ginza, Tokyo. — MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)

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