The organizers of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced the new directors for the “Asian Three-Fold Mirror”, a project that brings together filmmakers from Japan and other Asian countries to co-create a series of omnibus films with a common theme.
Launched in 2014 the “Asian Three – Fold Mirror” project aims to deepen interactions between neighboring countries within Asia, as well as enriching cultural understanding and providing chance for people to consider their identity and way of life as individuals in Asia. The series follows up on the Asian Three Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections (see article) that brought together Brillante Mendoza (Philippines), Isao Yukisada (Japan) and Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia).
In this second edition the directors selected are: Daishi Matsunaga (Japan), Edwin (Indonesia) and Degena Yun (China). General producer will be Satoru Iseki (Japan). The film is set to be screen at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival in 2018.
About the directors:
Daishi Matsunaga (Japan)
Born in 1974,Tokyo. Matsunaga started his career as an actor and then directed music videos and commercials,as well as a television series,Rescue Fire. His widely acclaimed documentary, Pyuupiru (11), was featured in numerous international film festivals including Rotterdam, Jeonju and Paris Cinema.His first narrative film, Pieta in the Toilet (15), was a smash hit. His latest film,Ototoki,a documentary about legendary Japanese rock band THE YELLOW MONKEY,will be released in November 2017. It will be screened at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival and the 30th TIFF.
Born in Surabaya,Indonesia in 1978,Edwin obtained a diploma in Graphic Design from Petra University and studied film at the Jakarta Institute of Arts,where he liberated his passion for filmmaking,utilizing spontaneous,flexible and fun approaches.His first feature Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (08) received the FIPRESCI Prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009 and his short film Kara,The Daughter of A Tree (05) was the first Indonesian film to be shown at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2005.His latest film Postcards From The Zoo(12) was nominated for Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale.
Degena Yun (China)
Born in Inner Mongolia in 1984,Degena Yun graduated from the University of London and earned an MA in Film Directing from Beijing Film Academy.She made her feature debut with Latitude 52 (12), which was nominated at the Montreal World Film Festival.Her second feature,A Simple Goodbye (15), won the Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center at the 28th TIFF as well as Torino,Xining,Minneapolis.
About the producer:
Satoru Iseki (Japan)
Born in 1943,Iseki started his film career at Nippon Herald while an undergraduate of Waseda University.After participating in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas,Mr. Lawrence (83) and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran
(85), he established Nippon Film Development and Finance in 1991 and produced Naked Lunch (91), Howards End (92) and others.He has produced numerous international film co-productions including Smoke (95),The Emperor and The Assassin (98),The World‘s Fastest Indian (05) and A Battle of Wits (06). 2001,he established HARK Inc.