Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2018

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September 14th(Fri.) to 23rd(Sun.) 2018



The Japan Foundation Asia Center presents The Main Feature: Philippine Films “Drawn and Attracted to the Sacred Chaos”

This is an additional announcement to our line up of films to be shown.

On this occasion we will introduce the films from our “Main Feature: Philippine Films”


Please click here for info on the films to be shown

Nervous Translation (2018/ Philippines)
Directed by Shireen Seno

The Baggage (2017/ Philippines)
Directed by Zig Dulay

Smaller and Smaller Circles (2017/Philippines)
Directed by Raya Martin

Speck in the Water (1976/Philippines)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal

Speck in the Water (1976/Philippines)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal

Our film festival, in association with the Japan Foundation Asia Center, our co-organizer, will commemorate the 100th year of Philippine films this year with a special feature of films from the Philippines. Our special feature entitled “Drawn and Attracted by the Sacred Chaos” will introduce films including film masterpieces by young and upcoming film directors who will shoulder the future of Philippine films. The special feature will exhibit the following films:


“Nervous Translation” directed by Shireen Seno, a film everyone in the world is talking about.

“The Baggage”, a social film prosecuting a real problem Philippine society shoulders.

“Smaller and Smaller Circles”, a controversial film that exposes the dark side of Philippine society through a fascinating suspense drama.

“Women of the Weeping River”, which depicts the never ending feud between minorities.

Also “Speck in the Water” , Ishmael Bernal’s masterpiece from the 1970s, digitally restored from the 35mm print owned by the Fukuoka City Public Library.


We will also be looking into the diversity and fascination behind Philippine films in our Symposiums, so please look forward to them!


We’ll be adding films to our program line up as well as providing announcements on our events so please keep in touch by checking out our home page!

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