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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 the Japanese capital. Loosely based on the real-life experiences of the filmmaker’s mother, the film follows a sign-language interpreter who is forced to battle the patriarchy for her […]

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 family-friendly working environments as part of the Conversation Series at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The talk was one of the series of events at the Asia […]

‘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 Japan’s flagship cinema event didn’t seem to have the international influence to match his country’s storied film legacy, Kore-eda got directly involved in the festival last year as […]

‘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 of Berlin, Cannes and Tribeca described how their festivals had responded and adapted to the various stages of the coronavirus outbreak. Cannes, which was cancelled last year, […]

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 in 1909, Tanaka made her debut aged just 15 for Shochiku, which she would work with until she became a free agent after […]

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 screen acting. The session, which was held physically for festival attendees and broadcast simultaneously over Zoom, is part of the Tokyo festival’s new Asian Lounge […]

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 of choices. But sometimes life gives you lemons. Last year saw new chairman Hiroyasu Ando take the reins for a hybrid edition impacted […]

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 Film Festival. The deal gives Netflix online rights to the shows for various Asian markets outside Japan. The partnership began in October, Nippon TV said, […]