Award-winning Japanese films top Cinemalaya festival lineup – Manila bulletin


Award-winning Japanese films top the Cinemalaya festival lineup

A highly acclaimed Japanese film that addresses the life and struggle of a Burmese boy and his family living in Japan will be one of the few major foreign films selected to screen as part of Cinemalaya 17: Philippine Independent Film Festival this year. year.

Passage of Life (Japan Foundation Manila)

“Passage of Life” (2017) will be presented from August 19 to 21, 2021 in the Allied Screenings category of the festival, the Japan Foundation Manila announced on Wednesday.

Showcasing the passage of life in the Philippines is part of the long-standing partnership between Cinemalaya and the Japan Foundation Manila, a cultural arm of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Passage of Life is a Japan-Myanmar co-production that has won several awards such as the Best Asian Future Award at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, and the Spirit of Asia Award given to its director Akio Fujimoto by the Japan Foundation Asia Center.

Based on a real story, the main characters in the film were played primarily by novice Burmese actors performing under their real names.

The film also tackles the theme of “immigration” and the family struggle after the Japanese authorities rejected their petition for refugee visa.

In addition to the film screening, the Japan Foundation will host a live Passage of Life online discussion with director Akio Fujimoto and producer Kazutaka Watanabe on August 20, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Japan Foundation Manila director Ben Suzuki will moderate the forum while Filipino director Janus Victoria will add a broader perspective on co-productions with Japanese film producers and film companies.



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