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While Philippines is busy about the Aldub Tamang Panahon event, a great event is also happening in Tokyo, Japan where Filipino Filmmakers are making waves to the World Cinema audience.

The red carpet and opening of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday October 22 at the Roppongi Hills.

Serving as highlights were Pepper, the world’s first robot to understand human emotions; Actresses Hilary Swank who stars in You’re Not You; President of Jury, Bryan Singer and this years festival also recognize Filipino Filmmakers included in Crosscut Asia section.



The line-up of Filipino films include; Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III - Kidlat Tahimik;  Balut Country - Paul Sta. Ana; Kid Kulafu - Paul Soriano;  Himala [Digitally Restored Version] - Ishmael Bernal;  Taklub - Brillante Mendoza;  Foster Child - Brillante Mendoza; Thy Womb - Brillante Mendoza;  Serbis - Brillante Mendoza;  Lola - Brillante Mendoza; Imbisibol - Lawrence Fajardo (Sinag Maynila).

Brillante Mendoza participates in TIFF for Asian Three-Fold Mirror and for the Crosscut Asia section that makes him to walk twice for the red carpet.


Asian Three-Fold Mirror appoints three accomplished directors from Japan and other Asian countries each time, to making an omnibus film with a common theme, and this time, the three directors Isao Yukisada (Japan), Brillante Mendoza (Philippines) and Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia).

Father of Philippine Independent Cinema - Kidlat Tahimik walks the red carpet with his son Kawayan. Showcasing his film Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III. Interestingly he has preserved the negatives of his film for more than 30 years.

Paul Soriano and his team at the red carpet. His film Kid Kulafu is about the life of World great boxer Manny Pacquaio.

Director Lawrence Fajardo and the Team Imbisibol. Fajardo's stark and heart-wrenching film incorporates several different narratives about unlicensed Filipino workers in Japan.

Balut Country Director Paul Sta. Ana. Jun, an heir to the duck farm left to him by his late father, must decide between selling the property to secure a future with his partner, or sparing the family of the land’s loyal caretakers from inevitable displacement.

At the Asia Networking Reception held on Friday, October 25 Filipino Filmmakers were given honor by Philippine Ambassador to Japan - Manuel Lopez.

There is an on-going series of screenings, Q&A and interviews for the Filipino films in Crosscut Asia.

Photos courtesy of Tokyo International Film Festival


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