IMAGICA collaborated on a series of Asian omnibus film production, “Asian Three-Fold Mirror” to mark its 80th anniversary in 2015. The production was sponsored by the Tokyo International Film Festival and Japan Foundation Asia Center . The film festival is discoveringsearching for young creators in Asia to offer their support. The Asia Center holds cultural exchange and support programs in Japan and Southeast Asia to develop a positive relationship with fellow Asian nations.
What is a series of Asian omnibus film production, “Asian Three-Fold Mirror”?
Three Asian film directors–one of them Japanese–will each produce an omnibus film on a single theme. The goal is to bring expose Asian talent to the world, encourage dialog, and build a network in Asia for the future. This film will be premiered next year at the Tokyo International Film Festival and other major film festivals.
The three directors are Isao Yukisada from Japan, Brillante Mendoza from the Philippines, and Kulikar Sotho from Cambodia. The films have to include a character somehow related to Asia and the footages have to be filmed in Asia. The rest is up to the directors, as long as it focuses on the theme. The completed film series will be premiered internationally at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival in 2016.
Talented Directors from Japan, Philippines, and Cambodia Come Together!
Isao Yukisada (Japan)
Born in 1968, from Kumamoto, Japan. He won FIPRESCI Awards at the 5th BUSAN International Film Festival for Himawari (2000) and won several film awards including the Japan Academy Prize for Best Director for GO (2001). Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World (2004) became a blockbuster, with a record of 6.2 million audiences and \8.5 billion in the box office. He is known for Year One in the North (2005), Closed Note (2007), and Parade (2010). Parade won FIPRESCI Awards in Panorama at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. He also directed kamome, a segment of an omnibus film Camellia (2011), which was shot as part of a project for BUSAN International Film Festival. His latest work is Pink and Gray (Coming out in 2016).
Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
Born in 1960, from the Philippines. He founded Center Stage Productions, an independent film production, in 2005. He won the Golden Leopard Prize for Videos at the Locarno International Film Festival for Masahista (The Masseur) (2005) and the Caligari Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival for Tirador (Slingshot) in 2007. He also won the Best Director Award at the Cannes International Film Festival for Kinatay in 2009 and the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award at Venice International Film Festival for Thy Womb in 2012. His latest work Taklub (Trap) was entered in Un Certain Regard at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival.
Kulikar Sotho (Cambodia)
Born in 1973, from Cambodia. She grew up in the Khmer Rouge regime and the civil wars that followed. She began as a line producer for Tomb Raider in 2000. She produced many films and documentaries in her own production company, Hanuman Films. Ruin (2013) won the Jury’s Special Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Her first directing film The Last Reel won the Spirit of Asia Award by The Japan Foundation Asia Center for Future of Asia at the 7th Tokyo International Film Festival. She is a promising female director in the Cambodian movie industry and is attracting attention from many foreign film festivals.