Restoration Asia IV was a two day workshop hosted by the Focus On Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival, the Fukuoka City Public Library Film Archive and the Japan Foundation Asia Center. RA IV showcased the work of archives, technical service providers and distributors, from both from within and outside Asia, to highlight the measures being taken to preserve the audio-visual heritage of Asia. This 4th edition of Restoration Asia focused on the benefits of international collaboration to recover, preserve and restore the ‘lost’ treasures of Asian cinema through discussions, presentations with film extracts and full screenings. Over two days it highlighted the aesthetic and technical difficulties encountered in the restoration of films not only from the countries of the APAC/ASEAN regions but globally.
The symposium included the Japanese premiere screenings of:
Santi Vina (1954), directed by Thavi Na Bangchang, a Far East Film and Hanuman Production restored in 2016 by L’Immagine Ritrovata for Film Archive (Public Organization), Thailand and I 26 martiri del Giappone, (1931) directed by Tomiyasu Ikeda, a Nikkatsu production restored in 2017 for Archivio Nazionale Cinema d’Impresa di Ivrea, Italy, which was screened with a live piano accompaniment by Mie Yanashita.