Lineup Announced for
CROSSCUT ASIA #05: Soundtrip to Southeast Asia
Special Trailer also Unveiled

October 11, 2018

The Japan Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup for CROSSCUT ASIA #05: Soundtrip to Southeast Asia featuring films of the region about a rich variety of musical genres, including a rock opera from the Philippines, popular Isan band music from Thailand and Cambodian pop songs, reflecting historical and present-day Southeast Asia, at The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).

There are three points of entry for enjoying CROSSCUT ASIA #05: Soundtrip to Southeast Asia. This fifth edition will highlight nine films from six Southeast Asian countries, showcasing a rich variety of musical genres.
First, there will be works from internationally acclaimed filmmakers, including an a cappella rock opera by Filipino auteur Lav Diaz, a musical love story by Indonesian maestro Garin Nugroho and 15Malaysia, a short film project produced by Pete Teo, one of Malaysia’s most prominent musician-actors, as well as a film producer. It includes Chocolate, Yasmin Ahmad’s final film.

Next, there are fresh works by energetic young directors set against the backdrop of today’s music, including a documentary about BNK 48, AKB 48’s sister group a hip-hop-themed film reflecting contemporary society in the Philippines and a romantic comedy with an injection of Isan music in Thailand.

Finally, there is a time travel through music, with the Vietnam version of Sunny (which was also remade in Japan) and both a documentary and a narrative film retracing Cambodian popular music history.

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