Where puppetry meets cinema

An enthralling Myanmar puppet performance by the Htwe Oo Myanmar Puppet Troupe is rapturously received by foreign tourists.

Myanmar and Japan artists are joining forces to make a feature film about traditional Myanmar puppetry. Based on a classic puppet song entitled “Sone Nant Thar Myaing”, “Sorrow” will be co-directed by Zarganar and two leading Japanese producers.

"We’ve got the offer from two famous Japanese producers, Aida and Mashida," said Zarganar, who will co-direct the film, adding that the two Japanese producers came up with the idea of a joint film while waiting for Bogyoke Aung San's biopic project to start filming.

“Sorrow” is a love story between a Japanese girl and a local puppeteer. Japanese writer Ashina Juchita has written a story based on “Sone Nant Thar Myaing”, a poetic song that is usually performed without a short drum and a dancer. The Japanese director is responsible for the film of scenes in Japan while Zaganar, also known as Maung Thura, will direct the scenes to be filmed in Myanmar.

The film will illustrate Myanmar’s cultural wealth through colourful customs like the “Nat” (Spirit) festival. New actors will be cast through an audition to star alongside Japanese cast members.

“Preparations are being made for the filming," said Zaganar.