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A press conference highlighting the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, a collaborative project jointly organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), featured acclaimed filmmakers Isao Yukisada and Daishi Matsunaga at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) on October 3.

Takeo Hisamatsu, Festival Director of the 31st TIFF, discussed this year’s TIFF highlights and the significance of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, while Japan Now Programming Advisor Kohei Ando discussed the Japan Now Section. Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation, then gave a short speech about the goals of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror project.

Following the press conference, a special English-subtitled screening of Pigeon (from Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections) and a sneak preview of Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey were held, and the two directors returned for a Q&A session.

The 31st TIFF will run from October 25 – November 3 in Roppongi and several other locations.
Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey will world premiere at TIFF before being theatrically released from November 9 to 15 at three theaters in Japan, immediately following the theatrical release of the first Asian Mirror omnibus from October 12 to 18.

 

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–Isao Yukisada, Director
I realize that I’ve been really influenced by Asian films. In Malaysia, where I shot Pigeon, there’s a very famous director called Yasmin Ahmad, whose work really influenced me. I really wondered how my own filmmaking would change by combining it with the atmosphere of Malaysian film. The tradition of filmmaking in each country should be enjoyed and appreciated, and it’s a very fond memory, my experience working with the international cast and crew in Malaysia. When I heard about Masahiko Tsugawa’s death, it was really a shock for me, as well as for the people we worked with on the film. He was famous for hating to work overseas, and therefore, it was an incredible honor that he agreed to accept the role and come to Malaysia. It was the only chance to work with him, and he was playing a role that was based on my grandfather. His intensity intimidated the cast and crew at first, but he became so loved by them. None of us will ever forget the experience of working with him.

–Daishi Matsunaga, Director
I worked with a crew from China, Indonesia, Myanmar and the UK on Hekishu, and it was really a great experience, allowing me to learn a lot and grow as a director. I had Skype meetings, as well as meeting in person, with my fellow omnibus directors, Degena Yun and Edwin, and we decided that we should have a common theme that would unite our three films. We also decided, since the Indonesian actor Nicholas Saputra had been cast to start in Edwin’s film, that we could give him small cameos in each of our films, as a way to further unite the films. Nicholas’ role in Edwin’s film is a rather mysterious Japanese-like man, and that inspired both me and Degena in our scripts.

 

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