Malaysia – Talentime, a film directed by the late Yasmin Ahmad, is set to debut in Japan this March, 8 years after its release in Malaysian cinemas. Talentime will open at Japanese cinemas around Tokyo and Osaka beginning 25th March 2017.
Produced by Chilli Pepper Films and Grand Brilliance, Talentime premiered in local theatres on 26th March 2009 and was Yasmin Ahmad’s last feature film prior to her death on 25th July of the same year. This screening in Japan marks the first time that Grand Brilliance’s film has been shown in international cinemas other than Singapore and Brunei, in addition to screenings at film festivals.
Dato’ Ahmad Izham Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Primeworks Studios shared, “We are extremely proud to have this gem of a movie screened in Japan. The world was a better place when the late Yasmin imagined and made her movies. Her influence on Malaysian cinema is still being felt after all these years. My fondest memory of her was seeing her speak on stage at a seminar called Fearless. She spoke without any script. These words from her have guided me in my own work until today: ‘If you do something that touches your own heart, then you are able to touch someone else’s heart.’ “.
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