Pia Film Festival and Skip City D-Cinema Movie Festival happened. One in Tokyo, the other in Saitama.
I was happy to see Kazue Fukiishi at the premiere of Gegege Nyobo in Pia.
She didn't see me, though.
My short film from last year, KINGYO, screened at the Skip City D-Cinema Movie Fest. At that time, ten months have passed since KINGYO had its world premiere at the Venice Film Fest, fitting that it would finally return to Japan for a screening.
Video of KINGYO's post-screening Q and A session
After the KINGYO screening
Torigoe the sound guy for KINGYO (and EXHALATION)
My other 2009 short film LOVE SUICIDES, also screened in the Fuji Television headquarters at Odaiba. Had a post-screening discussion with famed film critic Tadao Sato.
Video of Love Suicides post-screening Q and A session
Returned to Malaysia.
Shot a 1-min epic short film for Prada called NOW starring Moon Lai from Tiger Factory, and Arika Lee from Love Suicides.
The 1-min short film can be seen in the Prada website. And various Japanese Prada shops.
I then went to Hong Kong for the InDpanda International Short Film Festival, my experimental short THE WHITE FLOWER (shot it in July 2009) was having its world premiere.
Zhu Dan and Toru Inamura in THE WHITE FLOWER
Went to the Tokyo Game Show 2010.
Graduated from my Masters.
My uncle, dad's youngest brother, suddenly passed away. My memories of him.
A one-minute extract of LOVE SUICIDES won the Special Jury Mention at the Filminute festival.
I went to Hamburg for the screening of THE TIGER FACTORY at the Hamburg International Film Festival.
My trip was sponsored by the Honorary Consul General of Malaysia in Hamburg, Datuk Edgar Nordmaan (seen here with his wife the Datin).
Alas, most of my photos in the Hamburg trip were lost when my comp died.
Returned to Hamburg, rested a day, flew off to Pusan for the world premiere of my short film, INHALATION in the Pusan International Film Fest.
With the former First Lady of Japan, Miyuki Hatoyama
Taiwanese actress Bowie Tsang with poster of INHALATION
Taiwanese actress Zaizai Lin
Princess Ubol Ratana of Thailand was also in the film festival.
INHALATION won the award for Best Asian Short Film.
Returned to Tokyo for the Tokyo International Film Festival where both THE TIGER FACTORY and INHALATION were screened.
Lin Zaizai again
In the end, THE TIGER FACTORY received a jury special mention.
I also found out a few days later that both of my short films, KINGYO and LOVE SUICIDES, won awards at the Doi Saket International Film Festival in Thailand. KINGYO for best editing, LOVE SUICIDES for best directing.
October was one hell of a month.
Bad case of food poisoning.
Spent most of the month working on the first draft of my feature-length screenplay.
I then headed off to Torino for the final session of the screenwriting workshop.
There were some major student protests during my last day at Torino. Even interrupted the closing party. Awesome.
Returned to Tokyo.
Less than 24 hours, flew off to Manila for the Cinemanila International Film Festival, where INHALATION and THE TIGER FACTORY were showing.
Godfather of Filipino independent cinema Kidlat Tahimik
Filmmaker Raymond Red
Me with Cinemanila Film Fest founder before the screening of INHALATION and THE TIGER FACTORY
Returned to Tokyo.
A week later I headed to Dubai for the Dubai International Film Festival (recap of entire festival here). Two years ago, the Dubai Film Fest was the very first film fest I attended as a director.
This time, it was for the premiere of EXHALATION. Finally.
Video of EXHALATION post-screening Q and A
Festival ended on December 20. I came back. Ten days have passed.
It's now 8:03am. I now click the 'PUBLISH POST' button.
Tell me about your year if you want to.
Here's to a great 2011.