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Tokyo Film Festival Aiming to Bounce Back After Two Lowkey Pandemic Editions

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will open with a full red carpet for the first time in three years as the event looks to bounce back from two relatively subdued editions held during the pandemic. Fest chairman Hiroyasu Ando said at a line-up press conference that he expected around 100 overseas guests and participants to […]

Tokyo Film Festival to Open With Takahisa Zeze’s ‘Fragments of the Last Will,’ Close With Oliver Bill Hermanus’ ‘Living’

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will open on Oct. 24 with Takahisa Zeze’s postwar drama Fragments of the Last Will, while Oliver Bill Hermanus’s Living, a reinterpretation of an Akira Kurosawa classic, will bring proceedings to a close on Nov. 2. Takahisa’s film, based on real events, tells the story of a Japanese prisoner of […]

Cult Japanese Director Sion Sono Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults

Japanese director Sion Sono has been accused by two women of sexual assault and offering parts in his films in return for sex. A longtime international festival favorite who directed Nicolas Cage and Nick Cassavetes in last year’s Prisoners of the Ghostland, Sono, 60, has yet to respond to the allegations made in the Shukan […]

Japan’s Film Industry Rocked by Sexual Assault Allegations Against Prominent Director

The Japanese entertainment industry may finally be having its #MeToo moment as a director and actor face sexual assault allegations from seven actresses, including claims they worked together in targeting young women. The film Honeymoon (Mitsugetsu) had been due to hit screens today. But the sight of the director Hideo Sakaki, 51, promoting a film […]

Tokyo: Streamers, Japanese Filmmakers Offer Differing Takes on On-Demand Video

Streaming was the topic for a series of seminars and talk shows at the Tokyo International Film Festival and its TIFFCOM content market.

Tokyo: First Funding-Gap Market Off to a Strong Start

Twenty films and TV series from around the world with an Asia connection are connecting with potential partners from the region at the Tokyo Gap-Financing Market hosted by the TIFFCOM content market of Tokyo International Film Festival.

Tokyo: Brandon Cronenberg on the Necessary Violence of ‘Possessor’ and Why Everyone is Vaping in the Film

Brandon Cronenberg spoke about the dangers of technology, making sense of the pandemic and the extreme gore in ‘Possessor’ during an online talk at the Tokyo Film Festival.

Tokyo: Mortality and Cinema’s Survival Discussed at Kore-eda’s First ‘Asia Lounge’ Talk Series

Korean Director Kim Bora (House of Hummingbird) and Japanese Actress Ai Hashimoto joined Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) in the opening session of Asia Lounge, a series of discussions with Asian filmmakers at Tokyo International Film Festival.