IMAGICA collaborated on a series of the first of Asian omnibus Film series, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016:Reflections.
The Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections project brings together three globally acclaimed directors from Asia to co-create an omnibus film with a common theme. The first of the series, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections, reflects on the history and culture of the chosen countries, generating new points of lights. Under the theme “Living Together in Asia”, crew and cast joined forces across national borders to depict the lives of characters who journey between Japan and Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia. These works aim to help bring together people in Asia.
SHINIUMA Dead Horse
Brillante Ma Mendoza
Marcial (Manny), an illegal Filipino immigrant in Japan, is deported back to the Philippines after several decades. He arrives in his hometown but his family has long dispersed and there is no place for him. Internationally acclaimed director Mendoza is known for deft portrayals of ordinary people in the Philippines bravely and proudly overcoming extraordinary situations. This time around , he grapples with the issue of loss of national identity and home, setting his story in the Obihiro area of Hokkaido and Manila in the Philippines’ most heralded actors known for his role in the Hollywood film The Bourne Legacy, plays the lead.
Set in Malaysia, a land where the Japanese army was once stationed but is now home to many Japanese retires living out their remaining years, the story revolves around an elderly man who has parted from his family in Japan to live alone in Penang, He is in constant discord with his son, but when a new helper comes to the house, he slowly opens up and a bond forms between the two. The film stars one of Japan’s most celebrated actors, Masahiko Tsugawa. Opposite him is Sharifah Amani, the muse of the late, great Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad. Playing the elderly man’s son is international favorite Masatoshi Nagase.
Beyond The Bridge
Set at the actual Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge in Phnom Penh, this is a story of love unfolding across past and present, against the backdrop of the nation’s civil war. In 1994, a Japanese man stands on the bridge and recalls the 1970s, when he came to Cambodia to build it, and fell in love with beautiful Mealea. The film stars Masaya Kato, a prolific Japanese actor who is active internationally in films, TV and stage. Playing Mealea is Cambodian dancer-choreographer Chumvan Sodhachivy, who recently appeared in Amon Miyamotos’ theatrical production “The terrace of the Leper King” in Japan.
World premiere at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival on Oct. 26th, 2016
Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections http://asian3mirror.jfac.jp/en/