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the Japan Foundation Asia Center carries out
cultural exchange programs to build up heart-to-heart
relationships between people and enrich the future of Asia.


Asian Three-Fold Mirror

In 2014, the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) started making a joint effort, in order to deepen understanding among Japan and other Asian countries, to introduce talents in the Asian film industry to the world, and to build networks for the future. This effort is to be continued toward the year 2020, when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are held. In 2015, as the second year, an omnibus film coproduction project Asian Three-Fold Mirror is launched as part of the effort.

Asian Three-Fold Mirror is a series of collaborative filmmaking project between the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival, bringing together three accomplished directors from Asian countries, including Japan.The three directors are to portray people in Asia from their own perspective so that the film will reflect society and culture of the directors’ respective countries, just like a three-fold mirror, to understand neighboring countries and find one’s identity or way of life as an Asian. They are required to put people who have some connection with other Asian countries, and to shoot a film within Asia. In other respects, they will create their own story freely under a common theme. The film is to premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and then to be shown at other international film festivals.

The 1st series of Asian Three-Fold Mirror (2016)

Theme: Live together in Asia

Directors: Brillante Ma. Mendoza (Philippines), Isao Yukisada (Japan), Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia)

Country: Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia

Release Date: The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (2016)


A photo of Brillante Ma.Mendoza Brillante Ma.Mendoza (Philippines)
Brillante Ma. Mendoza, who founded an independent film production Center Stage Productions, won the Golden Leopard Award in the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival for his debut film Masahista [The Masseur]. He won the Caligari Film Award at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival for Tirador [Slingshot] (2007) and the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival with Thy Womb. He also won the Best Director Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for Kinatay. His latest film TAKLUB [Trap] was selected for Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
A photo of YUKISADA Isao Isao Yukisada (Japan)
Isao Yukisada made his feature film directing debut with Sunflower (2000), which won the FIPRESCI Award at the 5th Busan International Film Festival. He also won numerous awards for Go (2001), including the Japan Academy Prize. He has cemented his status as a hit filmmaker with a box-office hit Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World (2004), Year One in the North (2005), Closed Note (2007), Parade (which won the FIPRESCI Award at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival; 2010), and other films. He made Camellia (2011) in collaboration with directors from Thailand and South Korea. His latest film Pink and Gray was released in January 2016 and became a big hit.
A photo of Sotho Kulikar Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia)
Sotho Kulikar was born in 1973 and grew up during the Khmer Rouge regime and the long-running civil war.She worked as line producer for various films including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Through her production company Hanuman Films, she has produced many films and documentaries, including Ruin (which won the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival). She made her directorial debut with The Last Reel, which won the Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014 and the Black Dragon Award at the 2015 Far East Film Festival.


Takeo Hisamatsu (General Producer)

Takeo Hisamatsu was in charge of film production, distribution, and acquisition of foreign films at Shochiku. After serving as the President of a satellite broadcasting company Eisei Gekijo, and Deputy General Manager of Theatrical Distribution in Warner Entertainment Japan, he established his own film production company, My Way Movies LLC in 2015. He has participated in many film productions, including Yoji Yamada’s Love and Honor (2006), Hirokazu Koreeda’s HANA (2006), and Keishi Otomo’s Rurouni Kenshin (2012).


Tokyo International Film Festival

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) started in 1985 as Japan’s first major film festival and the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). Since then, TIFF has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in Asia. Every year in October, filmmakers and film fans of all ages gather in Tokyo to enjoy excellent films from around the world and TIFF’s many colorful events. These include TIFF’s affiliatedmedia content- market TIFFCOM, seminars for students, professionals, and business people, and symposiums and workshops for networking with the world film industries, developing international co-productions, and promoting the global film business.