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The Asian Three-Fold Mirror project, co-produced between the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, aims to deepen mutual understanding within Asia by showcasing Asian films in Japan, Japanese films in Asia, and by bringing Asian talent to the world through TIFF. Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflectionsis the inaugural series that brings together three globally acclaimed directors to co-create omnibus films with a common theme that reflects on the history and culture of the chosen countries and generates new points of light.  Thanks to our co-presenter the Japan Foundation of New York, this is the premiere screening of this acclaimed program outside of Asia.

General Producer:  Takeo Hisamitsu

The Philippines/Japan/Cambodia | 2017 | 119 Minutes |Blu Ray DVD

All three featurettes are shown in their original language with English subtitles. This exclusive presentation is shown In partnership with the Office of Community Affairs at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), we are proud to present three screenings designed to spark "cross-cultural conversations through film."

Guest Speaker: William Seiyo Sheehan. Before retiring so he could pursue different paths William Seiyo Sensei taught at Calumet College and Westwood College. There he taught Film & Literature, Sci-fi Literature, Film Production and various other classes. Currently Sensei Seiyo is the leader of the Chicago Keikokai of Meifu Shinkage Ryu style of ShurikenJutsu at Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館, and lay Buddhist chaplain at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital. He is also the resident Haiku poet at the Japanese Culture Center and published poet and founder of Kumanoko foundation.

Saturday, November 3, 1:00 PM @ Stuart Hall, 10 W 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60616

SHINIUMA (Dead Horse)– The Philippines – NORTH AMERICA PREMIERE

Director: Brillante Ma Mendoza

Cast: Lou Veloso

At the Banei racetrack in Obihiro, Hokkaido, in the midst of winter, Marcial has won a race and is happily on his way home when immigration officers arrive at the farm where he works as a stable hand. Marcial is arrested for illegally staying in the country and is deported.  After an arduous journey, he is finally home; but with no place to stay, he sneaks into the Santa Ana racetrack, where his adventures only just begin.

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PIGEON ()  - Japan – NORTH AMERICA PREMIERE

Director: Isao Yukisada

Cast: Masahiko Tsugawa, Sharifah Amani, Masatoshi Nagase

Set in Penang, Malaysia, Michisaburo Tanaka lives in a large two-story home with caregivers where he keeps pigeons on the roof terrace. His son Masao comes to visit him from Japan every month, but he is disinterested and does not stay long. One day, a new caregiver, Yasmin, comes to look after Michisaburo. Soon, a bond starts to form between the two and we learn more than ever about those pigeons on the roof.

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BEYOND THE BRIDGE– Cambodia – NORTH AMERICA PREMIERE

Director: Sotho Kulikar

Cast: Masaya Kato, Chumvan Sodhachivy, Osamu Shigematsu

After two years of labor, the reconstruction of the “Japanese Bridge” in Phnom Penh was completed in 1994. During that time, Fukuda, the president of the Japanese company overseeing the reconstruction, falls in love with the beautiful Mealea, promising to marry her and live in Japan together. Twenty years later, Fukuda stands by the bridge and wonders if Mealea is still alive.  

Directors' BIOs.