In November 2008, Taito City, Tokyo celebrated the birth of the Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival (abbreviated in Japanese to SHITA COME), Japan’s first full-scale international film festival specializing solely in comedy. Having welcomed more than 90,000 visitors last year, SHITA COME comes back this September again!
By conceptualizing 3 ideas－Cinema, Old Town and Comedy, SHITA COME aspires to be a unique film festival where filmmakers, comedians, local residents and comedy-film fans can partake to share laughter and excitement together - a truly rare opportunity in the capital region of Japan.
Taking place in Asakusa, known as the cradle land of Japanese comedy where good old folk cultures are kept alive, and Ueno, home to one of the biggest cultural-arts complexes in the nation, SHITA COME spotlights comedies not merely as entertainment to provide people with laughter, but also as a multifaceted art form which is entertaining, cultural, historical and social.
Under the skillful production of Seiko Ito, a creator and Asakusa resident who has distinguished himself in Japanese cultural fields covering literature, music, theater and TV, we schedule the very best comedies of different styles, from various eras, and from a variety of countries to satisfy comedy-film lovers of all generations.
There are innumerable film festivals held throughout the world today, but by adding this unique contribution, as a film festival specializing solely in comedy, we truly hope to act as a bridge between comedy-film fans in Japan and other areas of the world while promoting the charming qualities of “old town” Tokyo.
|Appellation||The 4th Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival
(Japanese Abbr. “SHITA COME”)
|Festival Dates||16 - 19 September 2011 (Fri - Mon/Holiday)|
*subject to changes
|Hosted by||Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival Executive Committee|
|Presented under the auspices of
||Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan/ Japan Tourism Agency/ British Embassy in Japan/ Tokyo Metropolitan Government/ Taito City, Tokyo/ The Tokyo Shimbun/ UNIJAPAN / Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc./ Foreign Film Importer-Distributor Association of Japan/ Federation of Japanese Films Industry, Inc./ Tokyo Association of Theater Owners|
|Special Sponsored by||Seiko Epson Corporation|
|Supported by||Ueno Tourist Federation/ Asakusa Tourist Federation/ Shitaya Tourist Federation/ Asakusa Minami Tourist Federation/ Association of Taito-ku Shopping Malls/ Association of Ueno Shopping Malls/ Cooperative Association of Asakusa Shop Owners/ Ueno Shop Curtain Meeting/ The Asakusa Umai-mono Kai/ Taito Affiliate of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ Chuei Co., Ltd./ SGRS Inc./ Asakusa View Hotel/ Asahi Breweries, Ltd./ Ginza Moegitei/ Umemoto Co., Ltd./ Meijiza co.,Ltd/ Yamaha Corporation/ City Lights/ Getty Images Japan KK|
|Planning and operations||Tokyu Recreation Co., Ltd.|
|Contact||Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival Operational Office|
Ueno Onshi Park was the first park created in Japan and is widely known for its cultural-arts complex with first-rate facilities situated around its 530,000-square-meter site; the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and the National Museum of Western Art are all located within the park. With consideration to the characteristics of the area, we emphasize the artistic aspects of comedy at Ueno.
The history of Japanese film show-business overlaps that of Asakusa. In 1903, the Denki-Kan (Electric Hall) opened in Asakusa as the first permanent film theater in the nation. In 1929, two American talkies, Marching On and a short film on Hawaiian dancers were first screened in Asakusa, reiterating its significance during the transition from silent films to talkies. In addition, since the early 20th century, Asakusa has been the east Mecca of Japanese comedy, where many of the best Japanese comedians built their early reputations, including such people as Kenichi Enomoto, Kiyoshi Atsumi, Kinichi Hagimoto, and Takeshi Kitano.