Paulo Avelino Tells of Fascination with Japan During ‘Fan Girl’ Virtual Presser

MANILA/TOKYO – Actor Paulo Avelino has spoken of his fascination with Japan during a recently held online press conference for the dark coming-of-age film “Fan Girl” written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone.

If there hadn’t been a COVID-19 pandemic, Paulo would have probably attended the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) last year where “Fan Girl” had its world premiere being among the Tokyo Premiere 2020 films.

“Sayang lang talaga hindi kami nakadalaw. Ang sarap sana sa Japan, malamig ngayon, tapos ang sarap ng pagkain, tapos puro anime,” he told Filipino-Japanese Journal in a Zoom interview.

The actor, who seems to be an anime fan, added: “Nung bata ako nanonood ako ng anime hanggang ngayon ang tanda ko na nanonood pa rin ako ng anime. So sayang!”

Paulo, who played a fictional version of himself in the movie opposite young actress Charlie Dizon as the obsessed fangirl, shared that he has read a lot of history books about Japan.

“It’s really a very interesting culture that still fascinates me to this day,” he shared.

“Fan Girl” is available for streaming in Japan, and the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Best Actor awardee is inviting Filipinos in the country to watch the award-winning film.

“Para po sa mga kababayan natin diyan sa Japan, pwede ninyo pa rin po panoorin ang ‘Fan Girl’ kung medyo nami-miss ninyo ang Pilipinas at kung nami-miss ninyo ‘yung kultura natin. Pwede ninyo po panoorin ang pelikula to make you reminisce about your beloved country,” he said.

Catch “Fan Girl” via from Jan. 8 to Feb. 7. For TFC IPTV, you may see it from Jan. 8 to 21. While for iWantTFC, the selling period is from Jan. 8 to 19, and the viewing period is from Jan. 8 to 21. You may stream the movie for 48 hours upon purchase (610 yen). - Florenda Corpuz