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Japanese Director Hitoshi Ohne in Norwich February 4

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Director of live-action TV Moteki and Yukemuri Sniper also appearing in London in early February.

There will be an appearance by the live-action Japanese director Hitoshi Ohne at the University of East Anglia in Norwich on Tuesday February 4. The event will be from 5pm to 6pm in Thomas Payne Study Centre, Room 1.6 (accessible from Chancellor's Drive with lift access). It is free, but attendees should pre-book by emailing [email protected]

Ohne's credits include directing Moteki (pictured), a live-action television adaptation of Mitsurō Kubo's romantic comedy manga. The story centers around the urban legend that even poor, aimless, single men in their late 20s have a shot at mote-ki, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at popularity with women. Mirai Moriyama played Yukiyo Fujimoto — a temp worker who has completely struck out in romance, but who is about to experience mote-ki just before he turns 30.

The director's other credits include a live-action TV version of the Yukemuri Sniper (Steam Sniper) suspense manga, in which an elite hitman tries to escape his bloody past by running a secluded hot-spring inn. Ohne also directed a further live-action manga TV adaptation, Akihabara @ DEEP, and a stage version of Train Man.

Ohne will also be one of the panellists at a discussion in London the previous day (Monday February 3) at The Japan Foundation near Russell Square; it must be pre-booked by emailing [email protected] . One of Ohne's feature films, Love Strikes! is being shown as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (details). Ohne will do Q&A sessions after the screenings at London's ICA on February 2 (6 p.m.) and February 5 (8.30 p.m.)

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