Director Isao Yukisada, Malaysian Cast and Crew Gather for Malaysian Premiere of “Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections”

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Malaysian Premiere of Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections, April 21, 2017
(From left) Edmund Yeo, Sharifah Amani, Isao Yukisada, Suloshna Balan, Woo Min Jin @tianchad

The omnibus film Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections, co-produced by Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Japan Foundation Asian Center, had its Malaysian premiere on April 21 at Golden Screen Cinemas Mid Valley. Director Isao Yukisada and actress Sharifah Amani, along with the Malaysian cast and crew of Pigeon, participated in the Q&A session following the screening and celebrated the premiere together.

The Asian Three-Fold Mirror project was launched in 2014 as part of the collaboration between the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TIFF. The project aims to deepen interactions between neighboring countries within Asia, as well as to enrich cultural understanding and provide a chance for people to consider their identities and ways of life as individuals in Asia.

Pigeon, Yukisada’s piece in the multi-part anthology, was filmed in Penang, Malaysia through a collaboration with Sharifah Amani as well as Woo Min Jin, Edmund Yeo and young filmmakers in Malaysia. Celebrating its Malaysian Premiere, Yeo unveiled a behind-the-scenes documentary, Yasmin san, which peels back the curtain on the making of Pigeon and explores the influence of the late, great Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad on the short.

The directors selected for the second edition of the project, which is slated for a premiere in 2018, will be announced at the 30th TIFF, to be held from October 25 – November 3, 2017, at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.



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Notes and Quotes from the Q&A session
(April 21, 2017)

Isao Yukisada (Japan; Director of Pigeon)
Q. What made you decide to film in Malaysia with a mostly Malaysian cast and crew?
Working with people overseas helps broaden your horizon and be more open-hearted, because you need to know more about their culture. One of the reasons why I wanted to work in Malaysia is Yasmin Ahmad’s works, which I greatly respect. Her pieces are very open-hearted and soul-soothing, so I wanted to do something in a similar way with this work. I wanted to communicate how two persons from totally different cultures could simply believe in each other. The big reward of this film was that I became very close and friendly with the Malaysian crew and cast. So I want to film once again in Malaysia.

Sharifah Amani (Malaysia; Actress, Pigeon)
Q. What was your takeaway working with Japanese counterparts?
It was very much a learning experience but I think the major takeaway was probably that we had a lot of fun on the set, actually, as Malaysians. Watching how Japanese work, they put honor in the craft whatever they do and how they took care of actors made us feel professional. That was great. Getting to learn from other actors and how other people work as well, it was such a privileged and humbling time.

Edmund Yeo (Malaysia; Co-producer of Pigeon, Director of Yasmin san)
Q. Why did you decide to bring the journey of making-of documentary back to Yasmin Ahmad?
Initially I was just doing documenting on the set, interviewing the cast and crew. Of course I knew the story behind Mr. Yukisada’s story but as it went on, I realized that everyone was thinking in many ways to remember Yasmin Ahmad. I found Sharifah Amani posting a message for Yasmin Ahmad on Instagram and that was very inspiring to me. I realized how much she meant to this project and that her influence in some way maybe brought it all together.


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Malaysian Premiere & Special Screening of Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections

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Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections will make its Malaysian premiere at GSC Mid Valley on 21 April, 2017 and the Special Screening open to public follows on 22 April.

Director Isao Yukisada is scheduled to attend the screening to present Pigeon, his piece of the multi-part anthology along with main actress Sharifah Amani as well as co-producers Woo Ming Jin and Edmund Yeo. Yeo will additionally unveil Yasmin san, a behind-the-scenes documentary of Pigeon.

Event Details

Date & Time [Malaysian Premiere]
April 21 (Fri), 2017
Starts: 7 p.m.
*Invited guests and media only
[Special Screening]
April 22 (Sat), 2017
Starts: 2:30 p.m.
*Open to the public
*Registration required (Visit here for registration details)
Venue Golden Screen Cinemas(GSC) Mid Valley
Address Level 31 Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah, Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Guests Isao Yukisada, Sharifah Amani, Woo Ming Jin, Edmund Yeo
Admission Free Admission
Organized by Japan Foundation Asia Center, Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur

Cast and Crews gather in Cambodian and Philippine Premieres of Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections

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Cambodia International Film Festival, March 8, 2017
Cambodia International Film Festival, March 8, 2017

 
The omnibus film Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections, co-produced by Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Japan Foundation Asian Center, had its Cambodian and Philippine premieres in early March. Also appearing were several directors and actors featured in the film, as well as Kenji Ishizaka, the TIFF Asian Future programming director.

The film was screened as the international premiere as well as Special Gala at the Cambodia International Film Festival on March 8 in Phnom Penh, and as the opening film of the Sinag Maynila Film Festival on March 9 in Manila, Philippines. Directors and actors participated in the Q&A sessions following the screenings, and were greeted by warm applause from the audiences of a few hundred people.

The Asian Three-Fold Mirror project was launched in 2014 as part of the collaboration between the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TIFF. The project aims to deepen interactions between neighboring countries within Asia, as well as to enrich cultural understanding and provide a chance for people to consider their identities and ways of life as individuals in Asia.

The directors selected for the second edition of the project, which is planned to be premiered in 2018, will be announced at the 30th TIFF, to be held from October 25 – November 3, 2017, at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.



Notes and Quotes from the Q&A sessions
(Cambodia International Film Festival, March 8, 2017 & Sinag Maynila Film Festival, March 9, 2017)

Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia; Director of Beyond the Bridge)
The reason that I chose the story about Khmer Rouge was that I always heard about the Khmer Rouge from the old generation but they never tell us about this story in detail. Every time they talked about this it reminded them about pain in the past. So the story has never been told properly. To make the young generation understand about what happened to our country and the people at that time, through film is the best way to calm people to sit and see what was happening. I also want to share the history with the young generation to understand their own history and not to be a shame to be Khmer.

Masaya Kato (Japan; Actor, Beyond the Bridge)
When I received this script for the first time, I didn’t know the Japanese bridge in Cambodia. So I was so impressed and really wanted to play the character because I could get opportunity to learn the history between Japan and Cambodia. Also this was the first time to work with Cambodian movie crews so it was a good opportunity to learn Cambodian culture and people for me. So I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this movie.

Chumvan Sodhachivy (Cambodia; Actress, Beyond the Bridge)
The reason I decided to play in the love scene is that I trusted the director and also Mr. Kato advised me how to do it smoothly. So I got confidence to play this role and I thought I am not myself but I am Mealea from the story. Of course, I felt so nervous.


Sinag Maynila Film Festival, March 9, 2017