Kobayashi Masahiro's "Bashing" (Basshingu), the sole Japanese film selected for the 2005 Cannes Film Festival's competition section, will be released at last in Japan in late May.
The film encountered difficulties finding a domestic distributor because of its controversial subject matter concerning overseas volunteers who are taken hostage and the criticism they receive upon returning home, echoing real events in Iraq. Fortunately, its stance was validated when it was awarded the Grand Prize at Tokyo Filmex 2005 and subsequently attracted interest from distributors. It has since won the Special Jury Prize at the 24th Fajr International Film Festival in Iran, and has been invited to many other festivals around the world.
"Bashing" will screen initially at Theatre Image Forum in Shibuya, Tokyo and Cine Nouveau in Kujo, Osaka. A wider release is currently under consideration. (source: Nikkan Sports)
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