"Tabanata's Wife" gets boost from The Japan Foundation

One of the entries to the upcoming To Farm Film Festival on Sept. 12 to 18, get’s the much needed boost from The Japan Foundation Manila that pledges its support for Tanabata’s Wife

It is one of the six finalists in this year’s To Farm Film Festival, an annual farming advocacy project of Dr. Milagros How, MD, president of the To Farm Film Festival Foundation. 

Now on its third year, the film festival will be in major cinemas nationwide. 

Inspired by Sinai Hamada’s short story of the same title, Charlson Ong’s Tanabata’s Wifetells the story of Tanabata, a Japanese immigrant farmer in the 1920s Trinidad Valley in the Mountain Province. He meets and falls in love with Fasang, maiden farmhand in Bontok. He marries her and soon bears a son. 

But all is not too well between the two as personal, cultural and language differences get in the way of their relationship. 

Will love eventually prevail against all odds? 

The film features renowned international Japanese actor Miyuki Kamimuraas Tanabata and introducing Mai Fanglayanas Fasang, Tanabata’s alluring wife.  

Directed by Charlson Ong and my friend Lito Casaje, with cinematography by Nap Jamir, editing by Mayi Padilla, production design by Martin Masadao, and line produced by Choy Pangilinan, the resonance of this poignant and lyrical film still rings true today as Japanese farmers in Baguio would entice this time Filipino farmers to tend their farms in Japan.   

Ably supported as well by the University of the Philippines Film Institute, Tanabata’s’ Wifepremieres on Wednesday, September 12 at 2:30pm at the Trinoma Cinema. 

Tickets are available at the cinema ticketing office.

Isah Red