Mazinger Z featured in Japanese film festival on Nov. 20-22

Published November 13, 2020, 6:06 PM

by Roy Mabasa

Remember that enormous Japanese super robot and manga series Mazinger Z that became a big hit in the Philippines in the mid-‘70s? 

Mazinger Z

The Japan Foundation in Manila will relive the memories of Mazinger Z when it kicks off with the first digital edition of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) via a drive-in cinema experience at the SM Mall of Asia Complex from November 20 and 22, 2020. 

It’s opening film, Project Dreams – How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar  (2020, 115 mins), narrates the journey of Maeda Corporation’s fantasy marketing team on a mission to make the impossible possible and challenge the boundaries between reality and fiction. Will they be able to appease the fans and hit their business goals at the same time?

Based on real-facts, the film How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar is directed by Hanabusa Tsutomu. Tsutomu is known for his film Kakegurui, which was voted as one of the fan favorites during the JFF in 2019. The cast includes Takasugi Mahiro, Kamiji Yusuke, and Kishii Yukino, with a screenplay by Ueda Makoto.

The Japan Foundation said the film’s screening is part of the JFF Plus: Online Festival, made possible by its partners JTI International Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, and SM Cinema.

Those interested to experience the entire Japanese Film festival and watch all the film entries at the comfort and safety of their homes may visit the newly-launched JFF Plus website ( The festival will run from November 22 to 29, 2020. Tickets are available at Php100 each via SM Tickets’ portal: