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China's romance film boosts tourism in Japan
Updated: 2009-04-16 17:29

TOKYO -- Hokkaido has decided to show its appreciation to Feng Xiaogang, director of Chinese movie "If You Are the One" (Fei Cheng Wu Rao), which helped the northmost Japanese prefecture attract a huge influx of Chinese tourists, local media reported Thursday.     

A certificate of appreciation will be presented to Feng by Yoji Takahara, deputy governor of Hokkaido prefecture, and the mayors of Kushiro and Abashiri, when they visit Beijing and Shanghai in April 20-24.

"If You Are the One", Feng's New Year Celebration Film of 2009, relates a love story involving two young Chinese and their romance that was spawned while they were sightseeing in Hokkaido. It became a blockbuster in China and has turned the Japanese island of Hokkaido into a new tourism spot for Chinese travelers.