The Asian Three-Fold Mirror project brings together three globally acclaimed directors from Asia to co-create omnibus films with a common theme. The first of the omnibus film series, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections, reflects on the history and culture of the chosen countries generating new points of light. Under the theme of “Living Together in Asia”, crew and cast joined forces across national borders to depict the lives of characters who journey between Japan and Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia. These works aim to help bring together people in Asia.
[SHINIUMA Dead Horse]
The story begins at Banei racetrack in Obihiro, Hokkaido, in the midst of winter. Marcial (Manny) has won a race and is happily on his way home when immigration officers come to the ranch where he works as a stable hand. Manny is arrested for illegally staying in the country and is deported. From Manila airport he takes a long-distance bus, jeepney and bike taxi and finally arrives in his home village, but his family dispersed long ago and there is no place for him to stay. He sneaks into the Santa Ana racetrack in the end but…
Set in Penang, Malaysia, where Michisaburo Tanaka lives in a big two-storied house with helpers. He keeps pigeons on the roof terrace. His son Masao comes to visit him from Japan every month but he is disinterested and does not stay long. One day a new helper Yasmin comes to look after Michisaburo. Through various problems a bond starts to form between the two. With the help of Yasmin and Alif, her boyfriend, Michisaburo goes to the beach where his brothers were killed during the war and sets the pigeons free.
[Beyond The Bridge]
In 1994, the reconstruction of the “Japanese Bridge” in Phnom Penh is complete after two years. Fukuda, the president of the Japanese company that oversaw the reconstruction, stands by the bridge and remembers the time he spent in Cambodia. It was a couple of decades ago when he came here to build the bridge. He fell in love with beautiful Mealea and promised her that they would get married and live in Japan together. However, as the Khmer Rouge gained power, his father made him return for fear of safety. Twenty years later, Fukuda stands by the bridge and wonders if Mealea is still alive.