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Tokyo Film Festival 2021

Tokyo Film Festival: Kosovo’s ‘Vera Dreams of the Sea’ Wins Top Prize

Kosovo filmmaker Kaltrina Krasniqi’s semi-autobiographical drama Vera Dreams of the Sea won the Tokyo International Film Festival’s Grand Prix Monday night at a virtual ceremony streamed from…

Tokyo: Female Directors on Their Craft and the Challenges of Being a Working Mother

Two working filmmaker mothers, Japan’s Yukiko Sode and Indonesia’s Kamila Andini, talked about their craft and the particular challenges they face in an industry not known for its…

‘One and Four’ (‘Yige he sige’): Film Review | Tokyo 2021

Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden produces Jigme Trinley's feature debut, starring Jinpa as a forest ranger caught in a game of double-cross and mistaken identities.

‘Arisaka’: Film Review | Tokyo 2021

Popular Filipino actor-singer Maja Salvador stars in 'Dead Kids' director Mikhail Red’s revenge thriller, filtering historical trauma through action conventions.

‘Third Time Lucky’ (‘Sandome no Shojiki’): Film Review | Tokyo 2021

Writer-director Tadashi Nohara and actor Rira Kawamura re-team for 'Third Time Lucky', another intimate examination of mid-life Kobe malaise, premiering at Tokyo.

Tokyo: 5 Questions with Japan’s Top Auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-Eda, arguably Japan’s most esteemed contemporary auteur, is again a ubiquitous presence at the Tokyo International Film Festival. After years of frustration over the fact that…

‘The Dawning of the Day’ (‘Alborada’): Film Review | Tokyo 2021

Sri Lankan director Asoka Handagama dares to explore legendary poet Pablo Neruda's life in colonial Ceylon, including the rape that has cast a shadow over his legacy.

Tokyo: Panel Ponders Post-Pandemic Festival Landscape

Panelists at The Future of the Film Industry event held during the Tokyo International Film Festival debated the meaning and shape of festivals in the post-pandemic world. Representatives…

Tokyo Festival Honors Japan’s Pioneering 1950s Female Filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka

Tokyo International Film Festival is screening four of the six films directed by Kinuyo Tanaka, a screen legend who then broke ground as Japan’s first female director in the postwar era. Born…

Tokyo: French Icon Isabelle Huppert on the Mysteries of Natural Acting

French screen icon Isabelle Huppert and rising Japanese arthouse star Ryusuke Hamaguchi sat down together at the Tokyo International Film Festival Sunday for a nuanced discussion of the art of…

Tokyo: Festival Programmer Shozo Ichiyama On Revamping Event During Pandemic

If the organizers of the Tokyo International Film Festival could have selected the backdrop to a major revamp of the event, a global pandemic likely wouldn’t have appeared high on their list…

TIFFCOM: Netflix Picks Up 30 Japanese Titles From Nippon TV

Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV unveiled a 30-title series licensing deal with Netflix on Monday, the first day of the TIFFCOM rights market that runs in tandem with the Tokyo International