Local production company BananaMana Films’ debut feature Jimami Tofu has been picked up by Korean Film Studio Opus Pictures for global sales. It is the first international production to be represented by Opus for global distribution.
Jiamami Tofu is about a Chinese Singaporean chef in Okinawa begging a disgruntled old chef to teach him traditional Okinawan food. Meanwhile, a top Japanese food critic finds herself in Singapore on an eye-opening discovery of Southeast Asian cuisine. In reality, both are looking for each other after an emotional break-up years ago. Emotionally crippled by their separation, he searches her hometown for her but discovers instead the art of traditional Okinawan food. Through it, he learns the incredible balance of two cultures: Chinese and Japanese – a balance they never had in their relationship. 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.
“The distribution road is long but it just got a lot less daunting,” said BananaMana co-founder and director Jason Chan of this development.
Previously, BananaMana’s web series Perfect Girl was picked up by Netflix, Viki and Naver TVcast. Read more about BananaMana Films’ journey here.