Registration Opens: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 12:00 p.m. (JST)

NEWS
  • Registration opens: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 12:00 p.m. (JST)
    Further details, including instructions on how to watch the films and Special Content (Related Content Program), will also be announced on the same day!
ABOUT
CROSSCUT ASIA Delicious! Online Film Festival
Sweet and savory Asian films about "Food"
and Tokyo International Film Festival's "CROSSCUT ASIA" Encore screenings
Launched as a section of Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014,
CROSSCUT ASIA showcased diverse Asian films with a focus on specific Asian countries/regions,
directors, or themes for six years until 2019. It returns here in a special two-part online version.
Title: CROSSCUT ASIA Delicious! Online Film Festival
Organizers: The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo International Film Festival
In cooperation with: the Embassy of the Philippines in Japan, the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Japan, the Royal Thai Embassy in Japan
Dates: Friday, January 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–Thursday, February 3, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Subtitles: Japanese, English (some films have subtitles in various Southeast Asian languages)
Viewing: Free of charge (Some of the films will not be available in all designated countries)
  • CROSSCUT ASIA special edition featuring "delicious" films from Asia
    Seven films featuring the culinary cultures of Japan and Southeast Asia
  • Encore! CROSSCUT ASIA
    Encore screenings of films handpicked from past editions of CROSSCUT ASIA at Tokyo International Film Festival
    Look back on the previous editions of CROSSCUT ASIA
    at Tokyo International Film Festival
By popular demand, more content coming soon!
Special Content (Related Content Program)
Talks with directors, interviews with Embassies from various countries in Tokyo about food,
recommendations for Southeast Asian lunches, and more!
FILMS
CROSSCUT ASIA special edition
featuring "delicious" films from Asia
CROSSCUT ASIA special edition featuring "delicious" films from Asia
Seven films featuring the culinary cultures of Japan and Southeast Asia
  • Aruna is sent on a research trip to investigate the outbreak of avian flu. Joined by her friends, her trip becomes a culinary journey of famous regional dishes across Indonesia. The four friends taste black soup in Java and crab noodles in Kalimantan. The road movie is directed by Edwin, whose latest film Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival in 2021.
    ©CJ Entertainment, Palari Films
    In cooperation with Osaka Asian Film Festival
    Aruna & Her Palate
    Genre:Love Story
    Country of Origin:Indonesia
    Year:2018
    Running Time:107min
    Director:Edwin
    Cast:Dian Sastrowardoyo, Oka Antara, Nicholas Saputra
    Available in:Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
    Language:Indonesian
    Subtitles:Japanese, English, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese
    Introduction
    Aruna is sent on a research trip to investigate the outbreak of avian flu. Joined by her friends, her trip becomes a culinary journey of famous regional dishes across Indonesia. The four friends taste black soup in Java and crab noodles in Kalimantan. The road movie is directed by Edwin, whose latest film Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival in 2021.
  • A son inherits a large duck farm from his late father. Having left home for life in the city to pursue a career as a musician, he returns to his hometown intending to sell the property. But the grand landscape begins to change his heart. Balut, a Filipino soul food, is a fertilized duck egg boiled after the embryo develops. The film was screened in CROSSCUT ASIA 2015.
    ©Solar Pictures
    In cooperation with ー
    Balut Country
    Genre:Drama
    Country of Origin:The Phillipines
    Year:2015
    Running Time:94min
    Director:Paul Sta. Ana
    Cast:Rocco Nacino, Ronnie Quizon, Vincent Magbanua, Archi Adamos
    Available in:Worldwide (except the Philippines)
    Language:Filipino
    Subtitles:Japanese, English, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese
    Introduction
    A son inherits a large duck farm from his late father. Having left home for life in the city to pursue a career as a musician, he returns to his hometown intending to sell the property. But the grand landscape begins to change his heart. Balut, a Filipino soul food, is a fertilized duck egg boiled after the embryo develops. The film was screened in CROSSCUT ASIA 2015.
  • The world of Japanese sake brewing has long been off-limits to women. In this uplifting and touching documentary, a new generation of women shine in the traditional and esoteric business, inspiring the viewer with the strength to face today’s challenges. The film is a sequel to Kampai! for the Love of Sake, which toured the world after its premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
    ©2019 KAMPAI! SAKE SISTERS PRODUCTION COMMITTEE
    World Sales: SYNCA Creations Inc.
    In cooperation with none
    Kampai! Sake Sisters
    Genre:Documentary
    Country of Origin:Japan, USA
    Year:2019
    Running Time:96min
    Director:KONISHI Mirai
    Cast:IMADA Miho, CHIBA Marie, Rebekah Wilson-Lye
    Available in:Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
    Language:Japanese, English
    Subtitles:English, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese
    Introduction
    The world of Japanese sake brewing has long been off-limits to women. In this uplifting and touching documentary, a new generation of women shine in the traditional and esoteric business, inspiring the viewer with the strength to face today’s challenges. The film is a sequel to Kampai! for the Love of Sake, which toured the world after its premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • Minnie finds a job in a fancy restaurant despite her lack of cooking skills. After making a major blunder that jeopardizes the restaurant’s reputation, she tries to restore it by finding the secret soup recipe of her great-grandfather, who was a royal chef. This heartwarming comedy entertains viewers with culinary images from Thailand's deep south, with its large Muslim population, as well as behind-the-scenes footage in a restaurant kitchen.
    Japan Premiere
    ©MPictures Co., Ltd.
    In cooperation with ー
    My Love is Soup
    Genre:Comedy
    Country of Origin:Thailand
    Year:2020
    Running Time:99min
    Director:Kriangkrai Monwichit
    Cast:Hussawee Pakrapongpisan, Sassanee Virachat, Pitisak Yaowananon, Suttida Kasemsan Na Ayutthaya
    Available in:Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
    Language:Thai
    Subtitles:Japanese, English, Indonesian, Khmer
    Introduction
    Minnie finds a job in a fancy restaurant despite her lack of cooking skills. After making a major blunder that jeopardizes the restaurant’s reputation, she tries to restore it by finding the secret soup recipe of her great-grandfather, who was a royal chef. This heartwarming comedy entertains viewers with culinary images from Thailand's deep south, with its large Muslim population, as well as behind-the-scenes footage in a restaurant kitchen.
  • In Bacolod City on the island of Negros, the Philippines, an Italian restaurant is lost through a debt and transformed into a restaurant featuring traditional local cuisine. This romantic comedy is a treat for the eyes, with splendid presentations of Negrense dishes that will delight epicureans. The film participated in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, the gateway to success in thriving Filipino independent film circles.Independent Film Festival, the gateway to success in the thriving Filipino independent film circles.
    Japan Premiere
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    Namets! (Yummy!)
    Genre:Comedy
    Country of Origin:The Phillipines
    Year:2008
    Running Time:94min
    Director:Jay Abello
    Cast:Angel Jacob, Christian Vasquez, Peque Gallaga
    Available in:Worldwide
    Language:Hiligaynon
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    In Bacolod City on the island of Negros, the Philippines, an Italian restaurant is lost through a debt and transformed into a restaurant featuring traditional local cuisine. This romantic comedy is a treat for the eyes, with splendid presentations of Negrense dishes that will delight epicureans. The film participated in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, the gateway to success in thriving Filipino independent film circles.Independent Film Festival, the gateway to success in the thriving Filipino independent film circles.
  • A documentary portraying the lives of three young Cambodians, this film captures daily images of people eating, working and making a living, while revealing the social problems of overfishing, deforestation, poverty and debt. It won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
    ©2013 MIGRANT FILMS and The DOCUMENTATION CENTER OF CAMBODIA
    In cooperation with ー
    A River Changes Course
    Genre:Documentary
    Country of Origin:Cambodia, USA
    Year:2013
    Running Time:83min
    Director:Kalyanee Mam
    Available in:Worldwide (except USA)
    Language:Khmer, Jarai
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    A documentary portraying the lives of three young Cambodians, this film captures daily images of people eating, working and making a living, while revealing the social problems of overfishing, deforestation, poverty and debt. It won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
  • A middle-aged food critic captures Singapore's traditions and development, while rediscovering his career and life through interviews with street-food hawkers. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Eric Khoo, this ambitious docufiction features a rich variety of street foods, from diverse noodle dishes such as wanton mee and laksa, to foods that reflect the country's multiethnic diversity, such as fish head curry and nasi lemak.
    Japan Premiere
    ©Zhao Wei Films
    In cooperation with ー
    Wanton Mee
    Genre:Drama
    Country of Origin:Singapore
    Year:2015
    Running Time:71min
    Director:Eric Khoo
    Cast:Koh Boon Pin, Bill Teoh, Tammie Chew
    Available in:Worldwide
    Language:English, Mandarin
    Subtitles:Japanese, English, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese
    Introduction
    A middle-aged food critic captures Singapore's traditions and development, while rediscovering his career and life through interviews with street-food hawkers. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Eric Khoo, this ambitious docufiction features a rich variety of street foods, from diverse noodle dishes such as wanton mee and laksa, to foods that reflect the country's multiethnic diversity, such as fish head curry and nasi lemak.
Encore! CROSSCUT ASIA
Encore screenings of films handpicked from past editions of CROSSCUT ASIA
  • Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll examines and unravels Cambodia’s recent tragic past.
    ©ー
    In cooperation with ー
    Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll
    Genre:Documentary
    Country of Origin:USA, Cambodia
    Year:2014
    Running Time:107min
    Director:John Pirozzi
    Cast:Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Serey Sothea, Bayon Band
    Available in:Worldwide (except Vietnam)
    Language:English, French, Khmer
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll examines and unravels Cambodia’s recent tragic past.
  • Invisible tells the story of four Filipino migrant workers in Japan, a crucial encounter that mirrors the difficult challenges that confront the “Pinoy” diaspora.
    ©Solar Pictures
    In cooperation with Fukuoka City
    Invisible
    Genre:Drama
    Country of Origin:Japan, the Philippines
    Year:2015
    Running Time:134min
    Director:Lawrence Fajardo
    Cast:Allen Dizon, Ces Quesada, Bernardo Bernardo, JM De Guzman
    Available in:Worldwide (except Malaysia)
    Language:Filipino, Tagalog, Japanese
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    Invisible tells the story of four Filipino migrant workers in Japan, a crucial encounter that mirrors the difficult challenges that confront the “Pinoy” diaspora.
  • 15Malaysia consists of 15 short films made by Malaysian filmmakers. Produced and released by Pete Teo in 2009, these films revolutionized the media and political cultures in Malaysia.

    The Pete Teo Special includes other shorts (Vote!, Malaysia Day: Slipstream, Here in My Home, I Go) in which Pete Teo was involved.
    ©2009 Redbag Music Sdn Bhd.
    In cooperation with ー
    Pete Teo Special
    Genre:Short films
    Country of Origin:Malaysia
    Year:2008-2013
    Running Time:97min
    Director:Ho Yuhang, Yasmin Ahmad and others
    Available in:Worldwide
    Language:Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, English
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    15Malaysia consists of 15 short films made by Malaysian filmmakers. Produced and released by Pete Teo in 2009, these films revolutionized the media and political cultures in Malaysia.

    The Pete Teo Special includes other shorts (Vote!, Malaysia Day: Slipstream, Here in My Home, I Go) in which Pete Teo was involved.
  • Tang Wong is a comedic drama that centers around four high school boys. They have prayed before the Luang Poo idol at the spirit house. When their wishes come true, they must repay the debt by performing a traditional Thai dance…
    ©Song Sound Production
    In cooperation with ー
    Tang Wong
    Genre:Drama
    Country of Origin:Thailand
    Year:2013
    Running Time:86min
    Director:Kongdej Jaturanrasmee
    Cast:Sompob Sittiarjarn, Siripat Kuhavichanun, Nutthasit Kotimanuswanich, Anawat Patanawanichkul, Natarat Lakha
    Available in:Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
    Language:Thai
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    Tang Wong is a comedic drama that centers around four high school boys. They have prayed before the Luang Poo idol at the spirit house. When their wishes come true, they must repay the debt by performing a traditional Thai dance…
  • Usmar Ismail's Three Sisters (Tiga Dara) was first released in 1956. Nia Dinata, who grew up watching the film in reruns on Indonesian TV and was very inspired by it, has created an homage to her favorite director.
    ©KalyanaShiraFilms / SAFilms
    In cooperation with ー
    Three Sassy Sisters
    Genre:Musical
    Country of Origin:Indonesia
    Year:2016
    Running Time:124min
    Director:Nia Dinata
    Cast:Shanty Paredes, Tara Basro, Tatyana Akman, Rio Dewanto, Reuben Elishama, Richard Kyle
    Available in:Worldwide
    Language:Indonesian, English
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    Usmar Ismail's Three Sisters (Tiga Dara) was first released in 1956. Nia Dinata, who grew up watching the film in reruns on Indonesian TV and was very inspired by it, has created an homage to her favorite director.
  • In the horrendous aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, survivors are left to search for the dead while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be left.
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    Trap
    Genre:Drama
    Country of Origin:The Philippines
    Year:2015
    Running Time:93min
    Director:Brillante Ma Mendoza
    Cast:Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz, Aaron Rivera
    Available in:Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
    Language:Filipino, Waray
    Subtitles:Japanese, English
    Introduction
    In the horrendous aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, survivors are left to search for the dead while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be left.
Balut Country is available to watch in both the Encore!
CROSSCUT ASIA And CROSSCUT ASIA special edition featuring "delicious" films from Asia