10 years ago, Malaysia lost one of the most talented and beloved film directors, Yasmin Ahmad who was very much known for her bold and unconventional way of storytelling that crosses cross-cultural barriers.
Yasmin’s muse and protege, Sharifah Amani has recently revealed that Japan will be holding a month-long celebration event called “The Legendary Director Yasmin Ahmad 10th Anniversary Special Screening” in Tokyo from 20th July to 23rd August 2019 to commemorate the award-winning director’s life and works.
It has been 10 years since we’ve lost one of Malaysia’s most prolific storytellers. Japan is celebrating her and her works. If you’re in Tokyo come join the #SharifahSisters and others to honour her memory. We love you endlessly Mak. Thank you for your stories. ? pic.twitter.com/T8bXmTXiYFADVERTISEMENT
— Sharifah Amani (@sharifahamani) July 6, 2019
Set to take place at Theatre Image Forum in Shibuya, Tokyo, the special screening will showcase all of Yasmin Ahmad’s amazing and iconic works including her “Orked” trilogy; “Sepet”, “Gubra” and “Mukhsin”.
Yasmin Ahmad’s films certainly strike a chord with the Japanese audience due to her slice-of-life approach, a literary genre which is often presented in Japanese films, drama series and anime.
Not to mention, most of her works have scored significant recognition at Tokyo International Film Festival including Best Asian Film for “Sepet”, Asian Film Award – Special Mention for “Muallaf”, and Asian Film – Special Contribution Award for “Talentime”.
Yasmin Ahmad passed away at the age of 51 on 25th July 2009, a few months after the release of “Talentime”. She reportedly suffered a stroke and haemorrhaging in the brain.