We’re proud to announce that Jimami Tofui has been invited by NParks Singapore to be part of Heritage Week celebrations at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Fresh from sell-out screenings at film festivals in L.A., San Francisco, Hawaii and Okinawa – the award-winning film Jimami Tofu will have a FREE ONE NIGHT ONLY screening at Singapore Botanic Gardens on Sat 30th June, 7pm.
This film, our debut feature, won the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the 37th Hawaii Int’l Film Fest.
Theatrical releases in Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
In Singapore the film will officially launch in August at Golden Village Gold Class – where audiences will be treated to a premium traditional Okinawan set meal.
In Taiwan there will be a theatrical release in Q4 through Lux Cinemas Taiwanese distribution company Movie Cloud; previously responsible for the successful release of Train to Busan in Taiwan last year. The deal was brokered by Korean Film Studio, Opus Pictures. In addition a distribution deal for China through Blue Media Times Beijing for TV and Internet rights has been signed.
The film has also been confirmed for Japanese theatrical release later this year in Okinawa.
Singapore Botanic Gardens FREE Screening:
WHEN: Sat 30th June 2018 7pm
WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens Eco Lake Movie Lawn
(5mins walk from Botanic Gardens MRT)
NEAREST EXIT: Exit A, 100 Cluny Road (5 mins walk to Eco Lake Lawn)
Audience members at the event stand a chance to WIN a PAIR of return Jetstar Asia tickets from SG to Okinawa. The only direct service from SG!
As a special treat there will be Okinawan picnic baskets featuring the Ryukyu (traditional Okinawan) dynastic food that’s portrayed in the film. Limited stocks so pre-order the Okinawan picnic baskets here: bit.ly/BuyPicnic
BananaMana Films established in 2012, in Singapore, with the mission statement:
To create aspirational Asian films in English for global distribution.
Just three years later they achieved this with a web series called Perfect Girl. It won 7 International awards from 17 nominations and went on to be the first Singapore drama picked up by Netflix and the first non-Korean drama on Korea’s Naver TVcast.
Jimami Tofu is their debut feature film and was borne of a dream to shoot in Japan.
Having followed their progress over a few years the Okinawa Film Office invited the company to scout Okinawa to see if they could use it as a backdrop for their next drama with their objective to draw more visitors from South East Asia.
“At first we were a little underwhelmed. We were seeing a lot of beautiful beaches but we have plenty of that in SE Asia too. It wasn’t until we asked to see the more rustic, village life on the outskirts of Okinawa that we started to fall in love with it. Then we tasted traditional Ryukyu dynastic food and we knew immediately it would be the key to our story. We decided we didn’t want to use Okinawa as a backdrop – it would be the centre piece of our film. So we set about to create an immersive story infused with rustic, traditional food and romance that would make audiences yearn to experience Okinawa.”
Christian Lee (Co-writer/director/producer)
“Okinawa is quite unique from the mainland of Japan. It’s homely, rustic and it has its own sense of charm. Time also slows down here which is probably why it’s famous for longevity. We really wanted to capture all of this in our film – to enable an audience to truly immerse in the Okinawa that we got to know and love. We wanted to be as authentic to the setting as we were to the story. Okinawa wasn’t simply a backdrop – it was a central character to our film.”
Jason Chan (Co-writer/director/producer)
Jimami Tofu – Synopsis
A Chinese Singaporean chef formerly working in Tokyo, finds himself in Okinawa begging a disgruntled old chef to teach him traditional Okinawan food. A top Japanese food critic finds herself in Singapore on an eye opening discovery of SEA cuisine. In reality both are looking for each other after an emotional breakup years ago when she left him without a trace. Emotionally crippled by their breakup, he searches her home-town for her but discovers instead the art of traditional Okinawan food and her childhood best friend. Family secrets unravel and when she suddenly appears in Okinawa looking to find closure he cooks and serves her their final meal. Through it she discovers what she has been yearning for all these years.
Genre: Romance Drama
Language: English and Japanese with Chinese Subtitles
Running Time: 121 mins
Locations: Okinawa Japan and Singapore