Award-winning Japanese film to screen at Cinemalaya

“Passage of Life” is based on a true story about a Burmese boy growing up in Japan.

The award-winning Japanese film “Passage of Life” (2017) will have a limited free screening and will be playing at the 17th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

The Japan Foundation, Manila continues its long-standing partnership with the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival by offering another award-winning Japanese film available for free from August 19-21 as part of the Allied Screenings section of the festival.

“Passage of Life” is the story of a Burmese boy living in Japan and how he grew up as a human being. The story portrays his experience of a world without reason and his resistance, as well as his hatred and love for his family. The film is a Japan-Myanmar co-production that has won several awards such as the Best Asian Future Award at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival and the Spirit of Asia Award from the Japan Foundation Asia Center to film director Akio Fujimoto.

In addition to the film screening, the Japan Foundation, Manila is offering a live online chat about the film with its director Akio Fujimoto and producer Kazutaka Watanabe on August 20, 7-9 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Japan Foundation director Ben Suzuki of Manila and will be joined by Filipino director Janus Victoria who will add a broader perspective on co-productions with Japanese film producers and film companies.

Marie A. Evans