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The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is just around the corner.

Sharing you the lineup and the guest appearances for CROSSCUT ASIA #02: The Heat of Philippine Cinema.

The second chapter of the CROSSCUT ASIA series, launched by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TIFF in 2014 to showcase Asian films, now turns its attention to recent cinema from the Philippines, with a special focus on the work of celebrated director Brillante Ma Mendoza, who made his debut in 2005 and won awards at three major festivals (Berlin, Cannes, and Venice).

Guests from his films are expected to appear on stage and participate in Q&A sessions.

There will also be a symposium about “Third Golden Age of Philippine Cinema” on October 26 following the screening and Q&A session.

 The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival TIFF will take place October 22-31, 2015 at Roppongi Hills, Shinjuku Wald 9, Shinjuku Piccadilly, Toho Cinemas Shinjuku and other theaters in Tokyo.


Brillante Mendoza's TAKLUB (2015) and 'Thy Womb' (2012) are among the 10 Filipino films selected to be showcased at the Asia Crosscut section of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.


10 Filipino films are:

 Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III - Kidlat Tahimik
 Balut Country - Paul Sta. Ana (Sinag Maynila)
 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)

On October 22, the red carpet and opening party was successfully held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

In the long history of Philippine cinema, the first Golden Age arrived in the 1950s, after the World War II.

It is when major studios mass-produced entertainment films using popular stars and virtuosic directors created masterpieces.

After a period of stagnation in the 1960s, the cinema of the Philippines entered its second Golden Age from the 1970s to 1980s, producing a series of hard-hitting masterpieces that concealed rebellious attitude.

Indie filmmakers without ties to the film industry also appeared on the scene, including directors such as Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, as well as the ‘father of Asian independent cinema,’ Kidlat Tahimik. Now, in the 21st-century era of digital filmmaking, young independent creators are appearing one after another, gaining worldwide attention through the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and other indie screenings.

Brillante Mendoza, director of Captive, and Lav Diaz, director of From What Is Before, are regulars at major international film festivals, including Cannes.

The third Golden Age of Philippine Cinema began around 2005, about the same time as Mendoza's debut, and has continued up to the present.
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