Earning international acclaim for the surrealistic style of his films Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008) and Postcards from the Zoo (2012), Edwin earned massive commercial success with his latest film, Posesif, in 2017. He reverts to his surrealistic style in Variable No. 3, which portrays the peculiar journey of a weary Indonesian husband and wife as they get to know a B&B owner in Tokyo. Akiko Ashizawa, who was a nominee for Best Cinematography at the 2013 Japan Academy Awards, teamed up with Edwin to shoot the film.
Set in Tokyo, the story revolves around a husband and wife, Edi and Sekar, who have arrived from Indonesia. They roll their suitcases along the streets enroute to a B&B that is owned by Kenji. One look at Kenji startles Sekar, as he is the spitting image of her former lover, Jati. Kenji tells them that he is presently conducting research on contemporary Asian couples and asks for their cooperation. Baffled at the request, Edi and Sekar are resistant at first, but are eventually pulled in, as they now sense that he knows all too well about the problems they’re facing as a couple. Kenji shows them three cards. On the third card we see "Variable No. 3." What does this mean?
Agni Pratistha was born in Australia and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. She starred in Mengejar Matahari (Chasing the Sun), which was shown in the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2005. Pratistha also starred in Cinta Tapi Beda and Pinky Promise. She is also an entrepreneur, having founded Chubby Max cookies and Ark Motion Images, as well as a 2006 winner of Puteri Indonesia (Miss Indonesia Universe), and she went on to represent Indonesia in the Miss Universe Contest in 2007.
Oka Antara was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He entered the entertainment industry through music in his teens, but soon changed to acting and moved to bigger roles at a rapid pace. His achievements include the Best Supporting Actor Award for Mencari Hilal (The Crescent Moon) (2015), at the Indonesian Movie Awards in 2016. Antara is best known for starring in the films Sang Penari (The Dancer), V/H/S/2, and The Raid 2. He also played the main character in the psychological thriller Killers (2013), which was the first collaboration in the genre between Japan and Indonesia, co-starring with Kazuki Kitamura.