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TIFF releases trailer for ‘Asian Three-fold Mirror’ starring Nicholas Saputra

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, September 13, 2018  /  02:33 pm

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and Japan Foundation Asian Center have released the second official poster and trailer for Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey, an anthology movie starring Indonesian actor Nicholas Saputra in a story titled “Variable No. 3”.

Antara reported that the poster and trailer were designed to help strengthen the title and the meaning of “journey” as traveling outside time and space.

TIFF in its official website on Wednesday announced that internationally acclaimed Taiwanese composer Lim Giong created the soundtrack for the movie.

Lim previously wrote music for films by award-winning directors, including Hou Hsiao-hsien on Goodbye South, Goodbye and Jia Zhangke with Our Ten Years and Useless.

Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey is slated to have its world premiere on Oct. 26 at TIFF, which will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3. The movie will then be screened in international film festivals.

Co-produced by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TIFF, the film project brings together three talented directors from different Asian countries to create a series of general-themed stories.

The second story is directed by China’s Degena Yun, Daishi Matsunaga from Japan and Edwin from Indonesia. It focuses on the “journey” part, comprising three episodes that depict the characters’ experience as they travel through Japan, Myanmar and China.

“The Sea”

A road trip movie portraying a mother and her daughter with clashing personalities. They travel to the ocean from Beijing. Their destination is gradually revealed in the movie, which is guaranteed to bring the audience to tears.

Degena, the director, shines a light on the universal problems of parent-child relationship, while portraying human relationships in Chinese contemporary culture.


Set in Yangon, Myanmar, “Hekishu” depicts the story of a Japanese entrepreneur who is involved in an infrastructure construction project.

Director Matsunaga wishes to portray the entrepreneur who feels emotional toward the residents of Yangon, who lose their city due to the new infrastructure. Actor Hiroki Hasegawa, a rising star in Japan, plays opposite actress Nandar Myat Aung, a Burmese newcomer. The latter plays the role of traditional tailor.

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“Variable No. 3”

Edwin, a director known for his work’s surrealistic edge, tells the story of an Indonesian couple (Agni Pratistha and Oka Antara) who meet a mysterious man (Nicholas Saputra) while traveling in Tokyo. The mysterious man, a consultant who runs a guest house, gives the couple strange advice.

Nicholas also plays in two other Asian Three-Fold Mirror episodes, while Oka previously took part in the Japanese-Indonesian production Killers ( 2013 ) with Kazuki Kitamura. (mut)