Love Letters to/from Japan

Love makes things possible. Both rhetoric and poetic as most love letters may look like, this collection of films reflects the shared world view of young filmmakers from Southeast Asia and Japan presented in a rather creative manner. Made during the “...and Action! Asia” workshop, this annual collaborative opportunity was initiated in 2015 by the Japan Foundation Asia Center.

Programmer: Yow Chong Lee

Happily trapped in the film world, Yow Chong Lee is an academic hoping to lure more young minds and souls into it. Apart from teaching in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, he also makes films and documentaries with his friends. Since 2013, he has been directing and programming for Mini Film Festival, the longest existing students' film festival in Malaysia.

RED

 Kenji Hayashi | Philippines | 2017 | 8 mins  A university student who faces a confusing situation in choosing the right colour for herself.   Participants Name : Kenji Hayashi (Director), Brainard Bill Barrinuevo (Producer), Anthony Saleh Ngau, Katrina Ysabel Villarosa, Herry Setyadi,Tin Chanabangkaew  Participant Country : Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand  Mentors Name : Makoto Watanabe

Kenji Hayashi | Philippines | 2017 | 8 mins

A university student who faces a confusing situation in choosing the right colour for herself.

Participants Name: Kenji Hayashi (Director), Brainard Bill Barrinuevo (Producer), Anthony Saleh Ngau, Katrina Ysabel Villarosa, Herry Setyadi,Tin Chanabangkaew
Participant Country: Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand
Mentors Name: Makoto Watanabe

TASTE OF LIFE

 Attawut Intagoon | Philippines | 2017 | 7 mins  An unlikely meet-up between a food blogger and a local tour guide sees the development a relationship beyond friendship.   Participants Name : Attawut Intagoon (Director), Lorenzo Miguel B. Hilario (Producer), Evan Secunda, Nehemiah Yap Jia Sheng, Koichiro Ishii, Alphonzo C. Alegrado      Participant Country : Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan  Mentors Name : Nuntanat Duangtisarn and Yusmita Akhirul Latif  

Attawut Intagoon | Philippines | 2017 | 7 mins

An unlikely meet-up between a food blogger and a local tour guide sees the development a relationship beyond friendship.

Participants Name: Attawut Intagoon (Director), Lorenzo Miguel B. Hilario (Producer), Evan Secunda, Nehemiah Yap Jia Sheng, Koichiro Ishii, Alphonzo C. Alegrado    
Participant Country: Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan
Mentors Name: Nuntanat Duangtisarn and Yusmita Akhirul Latif
 

KELLY AND THE TV HEAD

 Nur Ikmar Bin Sarbini | Philippines | 2017 | 6 mins  Jade brings Kelly to a local stand-alone cinema as a surprise birthday celebration. This, however, grants Kelly an unexpected cinematic experience reminiscent of her past.   Participants Name : Nur Ikmar Bin Sarbini (Director), Katrina May B. Banaag (Producer), Egha Muhammad Harismina, Supakit Sonsee, Kento Fukuda, John Peter Cadiz Chua, Gilan Paolo P. Ilagan      Participant Country : Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan  Mentors Name : Yow Chong Lee, Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena

Nur Ikmar Bin Sarbini | Philippines | 2017 | 6 mins

Jade brings Kelly to a local stand-alone cinema as a surprise birthday celebration. This, however, grants Kelly an unexpected cinematic experience reminiscent of her past.

Participants Name: Nur Ikmar Bin Sarbini (Director), Katrina May B. Banaag (Producer), Egha Muhammad Harismina, Supakit Sonsee, Kento Fukuda, John Peter Cadiz Chua, Gilan Paolo P. Ilagan    
Participant Country: Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan
Mentors Name: Yow Chong Lee, Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena

THE IMAGE OF SECRET

 Jirakan Sakunee | Japan | 2018 | 10 mins  As the idiom states, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, “The Image of Secrets” portrays the meaning of secrets and the importance of telling-keeping secrets by asking people to draw their personal ‘image of secret’.   Participants Name : Jirakan Sakunee (Director), Daiju Yoshida (Producer), Ryota Kusama, Moeri Hirose, Tran Huu Thanh, Kasmirul Iqmal Noruden, Wravong Phrachanh  Participant Country : Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Laos  Mentors Name : Makoto Watanabe, Utako Koguchi, Takuya Misawa

Jirakan Sakunee | Japan | 2018 | 10 mins

As the idiom states, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, “The Image of Secrets” portrays the meaning of secrets and the importance of telling-keeping secrets by asking people to draw their personal ‘image of secret’.

Participants Name: Jirakan Sakunee (Director), Daiju Yoshida (Producer), Ryota Kusama, Moeri Hirose, Tran Huu Thanh, Kasmirul Iqmal Noruden, Wravong Phrachanh
Participant Country: Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Laos
Mentors Name: Makoto Watanabe, Utako Koguchi, Takuya Misawa

DAILY TRAIN

 Herald Nyumbang Anak Nyulim | Japan | 2018 | 9 mins  A young couple meets in a train station and experience love at first sight. While their relationship starts easy, things aren’t going as easy for them.   Participants Name : Herald Nyumbang Anak Nyulim (Director), Kyohei Horikawa (Producer), Nguyen Diep Thuy Anh, Sarun Kositsukjaroen, Sho Fujimoto, Phoutthanome Keopaseuth, Akane Sasaki  Participant Country : Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos  Mentors Name : Makoto Watanabe, Utako Koguchi, Takuya Misawa

Herald Nyumbang Anak Nyulim | Japan | 2018 | 9 mins

A young couple meets in a train station and experience love at first sight. While their relationship starts easy, things aren’t going as easy for them.

Participants Name: Herald Nyumbang Anak Nyulim (Director), Kyohei Horikawa (Producer), Nguyen Diep Thuy Anh, Sarun Kositsukjaroen, Sho Fujimoto, Phoutthanome Keopaseuth, Akane Sasaki
Participant Country: Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos
Mentors Name: Makoto Watanabe, Utako Koguchi, Takuya Misawa

YOUR SHIRT, MY SOCKS

 Ekin Kee Charles | Japan | 2018 | 13 mins  The lost-and-founds in the laundry somehow connects strangers to form a friendship, one that slowly expands out from the coin laundry to the street and the park.   Participants Name : Ekin Kee Charles (Director), Mayuko Ashizawa (Producer/Screenplay), Nguyen Le Hoang Viet, Kim Myoungyoon, Myumyu Higashiyama, Witchayoot Ponpraserd, Mayuko Okada, Xayaveth Keovilay  Participant Country : Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Laos  Mentors Name : Makoto Watanabe, Utako Koguchi, Takuya Misawa

Ekin Kee Charles | Japan | 2018 | 13 mins

The lost-and-founds in the laundry somehow connects strangers to form a friendship, one that slowly expands out from the coin laundry to the street and the park.

Participants Name: Ekin Kee Charles (Director), Mayuko Ashizawa (Producer/Screenplay), Nguyen Le Hoang Viet, Kim Myoungyoon, Myumyu Higashiyama, Witchayoot Ponpraserd, Mayuko Okada, Xayaveth Keovilay
Participant Country: Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Laos
Mentors Name: Makoto Watanabe, Utako Koguchi, Takuya Misawa