EXCLUSIVE: Manila-based TBA Studios Acquired Philippines Theatrical Rights for Award-Winning Drama Subscription 75the Japanese entry for the Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film Category.
The Japanese-language film has a strong connection with the Philippines. It features Filipino actress Stefanie Arriane in the cast, 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 Daluyong Studios from the Philippines. 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 Philippine rights.
Written and directed by acclaimed short film director Chie Hayakawa, the film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Camera d’Or special mention.
Based on Hayakawa’s segment of the Japanese version of the Ten years anthology movies, Subscription 75 is set in the near future when the Japanese government launches a program that encourages voluntary euthanasia for seniors to remedy a super-aging society.
Experienced Japanese actress Chieko Baisho and Hayato Isomura lead the cast. Arriane plays a caregiver who works abroad to support a sick daughter at home.
“I’m happy to hear the long-awaited news that Subscription 75 will finally reach the public 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.
“We are truly honored to be able to bring this wonderful film to the Philippines. It’s a calm and understated film, but with a big poignant message that we hope can reach many people,” said Daphne O. Chiu, president and COO of TBA Studios.
TBA Studios said the acquisition is part of an ongoing strategy to bring a wide variety of films to Philippine audiences. The company’s recent releases include: Everything everywhere at once and documentary Fanny: The right to rockwhile later this year it will release the winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or Triangle of sadness.