Japanese film fest at MOA drive-in Cinema

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    Japan Foundation, Manila Director Tsutomu Suzuki (rightmost), with (from left) Assistant Director Wataru Abe, Program Coordinator Kanami Namiki, Assistant Director Tomoko Nakamura, and SM SVP for Marketing Millie Dizon at the Japanese Film Festival opening night at SM Cinema Drive-in at SM Mall of Asia

    The first digital edition of the “Japanese Film Festival Plus: Online Festival” recently kicked-off with an exclusive screening at the SM Mall of Asia Drive in Cinema.

    The Japan Foundation, Manila, in partnership with the Embassy of Japan, SM Cinema, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and JT International Philippines, brought together the only hybrid Japanese Film Festival, which had an extended drive-in screenings of the opening film “Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar” by Hanabusa Tsutomu.

    The live-action Mazinger Z-inspired film by Hanabusa Tsutomu follows the journey of Maeda Corporation’s fantasy marketing department on a mission to make the impossible possible and challenge the boundaries between reality and fiction.

    French Embassy Cultural Attaché Martin Macalintal

    During the rest of the festival, Japanese film enthusiasts were treated with 28 full-length films online – ranging from comedy, romance, drama, thriller, documentary, animation, and classic movies, which were available for 24 hours in the newly launched JFF Plus website run by the Japan Foundation.

    Japan Foundation, Manila bid goodbye to the popular EIGASAI brand last March to embrace Japanese Film Festival with a fresh selection of fun and exciting films. In 2016, the Japan Foundation has re-branded its most-anticipated film event as the Japanese Film Festival with the same mission to promote Japanese film around the world.

    The Japanese Film Festival remains an avenue to celebrate Japanese culture in the Philippines and increase people’s interest in Japanese films, as well as bridge the Asia-Pacific film market and the Japanese film industry for possible collaborations.