Japanese Film fanatics would surely be delighted to know that despite the pandemic that we are currently experiencing, The Japan Foundation Manila is still pushing through with its annual Japan Film Festival to give in to the clamor of its loyal fans.
This year would surely have changes of course due to the need for social distancing as well as health & safety protocols. Thus, the people behind the Japanese Film Festival thought of having its very first digital edition of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) by coming up with a drive-in cinema experience at the parking lot of the SM Mall of Asia. Their banner movie this year would be giving an ode to a manga and anime classic, the live-action Mazinger-Z inspired movie.
Festival opening film Project Dreams – How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar 前田建設ファンタジー営業部 (2020, 115 mins) follows the journey of Maeda Corporation’s fantasy marketing department on a mission to make the impossible possible and challenge the boundaries between reality and fiction.
Catch the special screening of this comedy from November 20 to 22, at 6:00PM at the SM Cinema Drive-in at the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Tickets are available at P100 each via SM Tickets portal https://smtickets.com/sm-drive-in-cinema.
The film, which is coincidentally based on real-facts wherein the firm Maeda Corporation exist and does the file on Mazinger Z Hangar is directed by HANABUSA Tsutomu. He is known by regular JFF viewers by his film Kakegurui 賭ケグルイ, which was voted as one of the festival’s fan favorites in 2019. The cast includes TAKASUGI Mahiro, KAMIJI Yusuke, and KISHII Yukino, with screenplay by UEDA Makoto.
This screening is part of the JFF Plus: Online Festival, made possible by festival partners: JTI International, Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and SM Cinema.
Visit the newly-launched JFF Plus website (https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp) to watch the rest of the films from November 20-29 at the comfort and safety of your own homes. Follow the official Japan Foundation, Manila website and social media pages for updates and full screening schedules.
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