Live-action Mazinger Z-inspired film headlines the 2020 Japanese Film Festival in the Philippines


Project Dreams - How to Build Mazinger Z's Hangar

The Japan Foundation, Manila kicks off its first digital edition of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) with a drive-in cinema experience at the SM Mall of Asia with an ode to a manga and anime classic.

JFF opening film is  Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z's Hangar 前田建設ファンタジー営業部 (2020, 115 mins). The film follows the journey of Maeda Corporation's fantasy marketing department on a mission to make the impossible possible and challenge the boundaries between reality and fiction.

Will they be able to appease the fans and hit their business goals at the same time? Catch the 3-Days Special Screening of this workplace comedy on November 20 to 22, 6:00 pm at the SM CINEMA Drive-in at the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City for answers! Tickets are available at Php100 each via SM Tickets’ portal.

The film, which is coincidentally based on real-facts wherein the firm Maeda Corporation exists and does the file on Mazinger Z Hangar is directed by HANABUSA Tsutomu. He is known by regular JFF viewers by his film Kakegurui 賭ケグルイ, which was voted as one of the festival's fan favorites in 2019. The cast includes TAKASUGI Mahiro, KAMIJI Yusuke, and KISHII Yukino, with a screenplay by UEDA Makoto.

This screening is part of the JFF Plus: Online Festival, made possible by festival partners: JTI International, Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, and SM Cinema.

Visit the newly-launched JFF Plus website to watch the rest of the films from November 20-29 at the comfort and safety of your own homes. Follow the official Japan Foundation, Manila website, and social media pages for updates and full screening schedules.


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