The Philippine Star
Japanese Film Festival at MOA Drive-in Cinema
The Japanese Film Festival Plus: Online Festival recently kicked off with an exclusive screening at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Drive-in Cinema.
The Japan Foundation, Manila, in partnership with the Embassy of Japan, SM Cinema, Film Development Council of the Philippines and JT International Philippines, brought together the only hybrid Japanese filmfest, which had an extended drive-in screenings of the opening film Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar by Hanabusa Tsutomu.
The live-action Mazinger Z-inspired film by Tsutomu follows the journey of Maeda Corporation’s fantasy marketing department on its mission to make the impossible possible and challenge the boundaries between reality and fiction.
During the rest of the festival, Japanese film enthusiasts were treated to 28 fulllength films online, ranging from comedy, romance, drama, thriller, documentary, animation to classic movies. These were available for 24 hours in the newly launched JFF Plus website run by the Japan Foundation.
Japan Foundation, Manila bade goodbye to the popular EIGASAI brand last March to embrace Japanese Film Festival with a fresh selection of fun and exciting films. In 2016, the Japan Foundation has rebranded its mostanticipated film event as the Japanese Film Festival with the same mission to promote Japanese films worldwide.
The Japanese Film Festival remains an avenue to celebrate Japanese culture in the country and increase people’s interest in Japanese films, as well as bridge the Asia-Pacific film market and the Japanese film industry for possible collaborations.