TOKYO: Language is not a barrier when it comes to filmmaking, says Sharifah Amani.
The actress stars in Pigeon, one of the three films in the Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections series which premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival yesterday.
Directed by Japanese director Isao Yukisada, Pigeon was shot early this year in Penang.
“Working with a Japanese director is lovely. Yukisada-san is a collaborative and hands-on director.
“You would think that language would be an issue but – apart from having a translator on set – I think we filmmakers have a ‘language’. So, at the end of the day, Yukisada-san and I understood one another,” said Sharifah, 30.
She was accompanied by co-star Sherry Alhadad and both chose to wear traditional Malay outfits from local designers to the event. Sharifah wore a contemporary songket ensemble with traditional overtones from Adila Long while Sherry donned kebarung from Mek Kembang Cotton.
In Pigeon, Sharifah plays a caretaker to a Japanese army veteran who lives in Penang. It also stars Masahiko Tsugawa and Masaya Kato.
This is not the first time Sharifah has appeared in a Japanese production. In 2011, she played a prostitute in Redemption Night, directed by Hosai Tokato.
This year, the annual film festival in the Japan capital saw celebrities like Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Hong Kong’s Louis Koo and Francis Ng and Indonesian actor Nicholas Saputra gracing the red carpet at Roppongi Hills before the opening ceremony on Tuesday.