Japan’s ‘Passage of Life’ screens at Cinemalaya 17 on Aug. 19-21

Director Akio Fujimoto

Japan’s award-winning film, “Passage of Life” (2017), is scheduled to have a limited free screening and a live online discussion with the film’s director and producer during the ongoing Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

The Japanese film is being featured in the Cinemalaya’s Allied Screenings section.

“The Japan Foundation, Manila continues its long-standing partnership with the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival as it brings another award-winning Japanese film accessible for free from August 19 until 21, 2021 as part of the festival’s Allied Screenings section,” the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) said.

Directed by Akio Fujimoto and produced Kazutaka Watanabe, the “Passage of Life” is a story of a Burmese boy living in Japan and how he matures as an individual.

“The film depicts his experience of a world that lacks reason and his resistance to it, as well as his hatred and love for his family,” the JFM said.

The 98-minunte drama is a Japan-Myanmar co-production and has won several awards, including Best Asian Future Award at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival 

and the Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center for its director.

The live online discussion happens on Aug. 20, 2021, 7 pm-9 pm, to be participated in by Fujimoto and Watanabe, with JFM Director Ben Suzuki moderating.

Joining the Japanese panel is Filipino film director Janus Victoria who discuss the “broader perspective on co-productions with Japanese film producers and film companies.”

Join the live online discussion on Aug. 20, 2021 via https://bit.ly/POLCinemalaya

To watch the screening of “Passage of Life,” please access https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cinemalayalibre/

The free access link will be made available from Aug. 19 to 21, 2021. 

The film can only be accessed from the Philippines via https://cinemalaya.org/passage-of-life/

For more information and updates, visit facebook.com/jfmanila or www.jfmo.org.ph

Images courtesy of the Japan Foundation, Manila

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