The festival unspools at locations around the island of Okinawa and is backed by leading talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo. The 9th edition runs April 20-23, 2017.
The new show, “Jimmy: Aho Mitai na Honma no Hanashi” (translation: Jimmy: A Seemingly Stupid, but True Story,) is a Netflix original series produced by popular talent MC Sanma Akashiya. “Jimmy” is based on Akashiya’s real-life encounters with the title comic, Jimmy Onishi. The nine-episode series is scheduled to start streaming this summer in 190. Yoshimoto, Akashiya’s agency, is backing the project.
Also premiering in the festival’s special invitation section is “Karanukan,” an Okinawa-set drama with pop star GACKT and directed by Yasuhiro Hamano.
Among other sections include: TV Directors’ Movie, with films by variety show directors backed by Yoshitomo and TV broadcasters; Creators Factory, which discovers and nurtures new talent; and the self-explanatory Okinawa Historical Movies. The festival will also feature stage, sports and other community-based events and activities.