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

Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections will make its Malaysian premiere at GSC Mid Valley on 21 April 2017, shining a spotlight on the unseen ties that bind Japan and the rest of Asia.

The multi-part anthology is the first in a series of omnibus movies jointly produced by The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival. The Asian Three-Fold Mirror project brings together renowned directors from Asia to lead collaborative productions across international borders to depict stories of interconnected in the region.

The initiative’s debut release features works by Brillante Ma Mendoza (Philippines), Isao Yukisada (Japan), and Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia).

The Malaysian segment, Pigeon, revolves around the bond between a native care worker and an elderly Japanese man suffering from dementia. Fully shot in Penang with local cast and crew, it stars Masahiko Tsugawa and Sharifah Amani in the two lead roles with direction by Isao Yukisada.

MALAYSIAN PREMIERE (invited guests only)

We are delighted to welcome respected auteur Isao Yukisada to the Malaysian premiere. The Japan Academy Prize-winning director will present Pigeon along with lead actress Sharifah Amani as well as producers Woo Ming Jin and Edmund Yeo.

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Date: Friday, 21 April, 2017 Time: 7.00 p.m. Venue: GSC Mid Valley Admission: Strictly by invitation only

SPECIAL SCREENING (open to the public)


Date: Saturday, 22 April, 2017 Time: 2.30 p.m. Venue: GSC Mid Valley Admission: Free (registration is required)

Programme Screening of Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections Screening of Yasmin san, making-of documentary of Pigeon Q&A session with Isao Yukisada, director of Pigeon

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Registration via email and phone is also accepted. Please send a message to press[at] or call us at 03 2284 6228 (Mr. Tristan/Ms. Amira). ご不明な点がおありの場合、また、ご自身でのご予約が困難な場合は、当センターまでE-メール あるいは03-2284 6228(日本語可)までお電話にてお気軽にお問い合わせください。



PIGEON_main Pigeon directed by YUKISADA Isao 行定 勲

Once invaded by the Japanese army long ago, Penang is now a popular retirement destination for ageing citizens of the country. One such person is Michisaburo Tanaka, a senile geriatric left by his son to spend his remaining years in an old house, surrounded by maids. His sole activity is rearing his flock of pigeons on the roof, hardly communicating with another human being―until the arrival of his new care worker, Yasmin. While initial problems arise, he soon warms to her and opens up about his recollections of the Pacific War.

Starring TSUGAWA Masahiko as Michisaburo Tanaka Sharifah Amani as Yasmin NAGASE Masatoshi as Masao Tanaka SHINIUMA_main

Shiniuma Dead Horse directed by Brillante Ma Mendoza

After a profitable day at the racetrack, Marcial happily goes home only to find immigration workers waiting at the Hokkaido ranch where he has worked for three decades. Arrested for illegally staying in the country, he is deported back to a Philippines that seems so new and unfamiliar that he is soon haunted by the memory of Japanese wintertime wilderness. Fresh off the success of Ma’ Rosa, Brillante Ma Mendoza spins a heart-breaking tale about the loss of one’s national identity and home after spending many years abroad.

Starring Lou Veloso as Marcial


Beyond The Bridge directed by Sotho Kulikar

In 1994, the reconstruction of a bridge in Phnom Penh is complete after two years. Fukuda, the president of a Japanese company that oversaw the project, stands by the fruit of his labour where he reflects about the time he spent in Cambodia two decades ago. Then, he had fallen in love with a local dancer named Mealea whom he promised to marry and bring to Japan. However, the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime and impending civil war tore them apart, and now Fukuda is left wondering if she is still alive.

Starring KATO Masaya as Fukuda Chumvan Sodhachivy as Mealea


Isao Yukisada (Japan)

Born in 1968 in Kumamoto prefecture, Yukisada made his feature film debut with Sunflower (2000), which won him the FIPRESCI Award at the 5th Busan International Film Festival. His 2001 release Go was his most critically successful effort, sweeping many domestic awards including the Japanese Academy Prize for best director.

In 2004, Crying Out Love in the Center of the World broke box office records with 6.2 million audiences and ¥8.5 billion in gross receipts. Among his others works are Parade (which won him a FIPRESCI Award at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival), and Kamome, a segment for a Busan International Film Festival-produced omnibus movie. Yukisada has also dipped into the theatre world, directing such stage productions as Syumi no Heya (2013, 2015) and Tango, Fuyu no Owari ni (2015).

Brillante Ma Mendoza (Philippines)

SHINIUMA_making1Born in 1960 in San Fernando, Mendoza founded the independent production company Center Stage Productions in 2005, and in the same year won a Golden Leopard Award (Best Picture, video category) at the Locarno International Film Festival for his debut release Masahista (The Masseur). In 2007, he picked up the Caligari Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for Tirador (Slingshot).

2009 saw him make his name on the global stage, winning the award for best director and being nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Kinatay (Butchered). This is not the last time he made waves at the prestigious event, with Taklub (Trap) competing in the Un Certain Regard section in 2015, and his latest film Ma’ Rosa (2016) garnering his leading lady the best actress prize. In between, Thy Womb (2012) took home three awards at the Venice International Film Festival, including for best director.

Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia)

BEYOND THE BRIDGE_making2Born in 1973 in Cambodia, Kulikar grew up during the Khmer Rouge regime and long-running civil war. She has worked as line producer for a variety of films, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Through her production company Hanuman Films, she has produced many movies and documentaries, one of them being Ruin (2013), which won the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival.

Kulikar made her directorial debut in 2014 with The Last Reel, which catapulted her to fame after it won the Spirit of Asia Award at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival and was selected as her country’s submission in the foreign language section of the Academy Awards.

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