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ATF: ‘Jimami Tofu’ Gobbled up by iHQ, Viki, Encore

Variety logo Variety 12/7/2016 Naman Ramachandran
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SINGAPORE — “Jimami Tofu,” written, produced, directed and produced by Jason Chan and Christian Lee has entered intoW pre-sales agreements with Korea’s iHQ, global television platform Viki, and Encore Inflight. It will complete principal photography in December.

The film is produced by Chan and Lee’s Singapore-based outfit BananaMana Films with the support of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Okinawa Prefecture’s Film Tourism Promotion Project.

“Jimami Tofu” follows a Chinese Singaporean chef who is in Okinawa learning to cook traditional Okinawan food. A top Japanese food critic finds herself in Singapore on discovery of South East Asian cuisine. They are both looking for each other after an emotional breakup years ago when she left him without a trace.

The cast includes Jason Chan, Mari Yamamoto, Rino Nakasone and Masane Tsukayama.

BananaMana is focused on creating English-language Asian content for global distribution. Its most prominent production to date has been 2014 short “Perfect Girl” that achieved global distribution this year when it was picked up by Netflix, Viki and Korea’s Naver TVcast and D’Live.

The agreement was announced Wednesday at the ATF, part of the Singapore Media Festival.

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