Publication on Iran-Japan film relations presented at Tehran Intl. Book Fair

TEHRAN — A book illustrating cinematic ties between Iran and Japan was showcased at a special meeting at the 33rd Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) on Thursday.

Published by the Alhoda International Cultural, Artistic and Editorial Institute in Tehran, the book “Iran-Japan Cinema” was written by Qodratollah Zakeri, an Iranian expert in Japanese studies.

The book, which was written based on a commission from the Iranian Cultural Center in Tokyo, was previously unveiled by the center in July 2021.

In one chapter, the book delves into common subjects portrayed by Japanese and Iranian filmmakers.

It also gives an in-depth look at the history of films made in the two countries, discussing joint film projects made by Iranian and Japanese filmmakers.

Japanese knowledge of Iranian cinema and Iranians’ knowledge of Japanese are also among the topics discussed in the book.

Alhoda Director Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Asadi-Movahed and TIBF President Yaser Ahmadvand, who is also Deputy Culture Minister for Cultural Affairs, attended the meeting.

“Cinema is one of the areas we have something to say about in the world,” Asadi-Movahed said at the meeting.

He referred to screenings of Iranian films at international events around the world and noted that Iranian cinema has been praised by all nations, whether Christian or Muslim.

For his part, Ahmadvand said, “Despite the long geographical distance between Iran and Japan, we have a lot in common with Japan and consider the country a cultural neighbor.”

“Iranian elites, both in the field of literature and cinema, are interested in Japanese cultural products, and the Japanese are in sympathy with Iranian cultural sensibilities,” he added.

Ahmadvand noted that the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is particularly keen to do everything to help improve cultural relations between Iran and Japan.

Pictured: Alhoda Hojjatoleslam director Mohammad Asadi-Movahed (2nd L) and TIBF President Yaser Ahmadvand (2nd R) unveil a poster for the book ‘Iran-Japan Cinema’ during the 33rd Tehran International Book Fair May 12, 2022. (IRNA/ Meisam Alaqemandan)

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