Japanese links to 8888 protests explored in new film

Su Hmu Naing
Actors from the film "My Country - My Home". (Photo- Su Hmu Naing)

The premiere of a film on Japanese links to the 8888 pro-democracy demonstrations  was launched at the Yangon Novotel on Monday.

 "My Country - My Home" is a joint production of Myanmar's MNTV channel and Japan International Broadcasting (JIB). The launch was attended by president of MNTV Nan Laik Mauk Sai, Yangon region chief minister Phyo Min Thein, Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Tateshi Higuchi and the JIB's president.

"We hope this film captures life in Myanmar as well as promoting friendship between our two countries,” said president of MNTV Nan Laik Mauk Sai.

Japanese Ambassador Higuchi said the film would boost friendship between the two countries.

 "My Country - My Home" was directed by Kyi Phyu Shin and stars Yan Aung and Aung Ye Lin, as well as Japanese actors Morisaki Win and Wuthmon Shweyee. The story follows a university student who flees to Japan to escape the wrath of the junta after taking part in the 8888 protests. The film was shot in Northern Shan State and Japan.

Translated by May Aung Shwe