EXCLUSIVE: Manila-based TBA Studios has acquired Philippine theatrical rights to the award-winning drama Plan 75which is Japan’s entry for the Best International Feature category at the Academy Awards.
The Japanese-language film has a strong connection to the Philippines. It stars Filipino actress Stefanie Arriane, while American-Filipino company Fusee is one of the producers, with Wilfredo C. Manalang, George Sommerrock and Alicia Catubay-Watt taking producer credits, and Alemberg Ang of the Philippines’ Daluyong Studios on board . as co-producer.
The film was produced by Japan’s Loaded Films, Happinet Phantom Studios and Dongyu Club, with France’s Urban Factory, Fusee and Ang. Urban Sales handles international sales outside the co-production areas. Fusee retained the Philippines rights.
Written and directed by acclaimed short film director Chie Hayakawa, the film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, winning the Camera d’Or Special Mention.
Based on Hayakawa’s segment of the Japanese version of the Ten years anthology movies, Plan 75 takes place in the near future as the Japanese government launches a program encouraging voluntary euthanasia for senior citizens to alleviate a super-aging society.
Veteran Japanese actress Chieko Baisho and Hayato Isomura head the cast. Arriane plays a caregiver who works abroad to support a sick daughter at home.
“I am happy to hear the long-awaited news Plan 75 will finally reach audiences in the Philippines. I am truly grateful to all the Filipino cast members and producers and those who believe in and support this film,” Hayakawa said.
“It is truly an honor for us to be able to bring this beautiful film to the Philippines. It is a quiet and understated film, but with a big poignant message that we hope could reach a lot of people,” said TBA Studios President and COO , Daphne O. Chiu.
TBA Studios said the acquisition was part of an ongoing strategy to bring a wide variety of films to Filipino audiences. The company’s recent releases include Everything everywhere at once and documentary Fanny: The right to rockwhile later this year it broadcasts the Cannes Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Triangles.