The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and Japan Foundation have announced they will focus on the cinema of the Philippines for the second edition of the festival’s Crosscut Asia sidebar.

The line-up includes a special programme of the work of Brillante Mendoza who won best director at Cannes in 2009 for Kinatay. Mendoza’s Taklub is screening in Un Certain Regard this year.

“I am delighted to be a part of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival where my film as well as other works from the Philippines will be shown,” said Mendoza.

“The Tokyo International Film Festival is a great occasion for everyone as it showcases not only movies from the Philippines but a variety of works from around the globe that are not available at everyday cinemas. I hope everyone will have a chance to appreciate these works.”

The first Crosscut Asia at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival focused on Thai cinema.