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‘Kaymak’ Review: Milcho Manchevski’s Sex-Charged Couples Dramedy Doesn’t Exactly Titillate

The latest film from the Macedonian director of the Oscar-nominated 'Before the Rain' made its world premiere in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

‘Mountain Woman’ Review: A Japanese Girl Tries to Avoid Starving to Death in Somber Period Drama

Writer-director Takeshi Fukunaga ('Out of My Hand') premiered his latest feature, set in 18th-century Japan, at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Tokyo Film Fest Kicks Off With Return of Overseas Guests, Celebration of Local Talent and Ultraman

In a welcome return to normalcy, the Tokyo International Film Festival rolled out the full red carpet, all 541 feet of it, for the first time since 2019, once again welcoming guests from around the globe to a new venue for its opening ceremony on a brisk autumn evening in the Japanese capital. The COVID-19 […]

‘Glorious Ashes’ Review: Compassionate Portrait of Three Vietnamese Women Never Quite Ignites

The fourth feature from writer-director Bui Thac Chuyen ('Adrift') premiered in the Tokyo Film Festival’s main competition.

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 […]

Tokyo Film Market to Return as Virtual Event for Third Consecutive Year

TIFFCOM, the content market that runs in tandem with the Tokyo International Film Festival each Fall, will remain an online-only event in 2022 for the third consecutive year, organizers confirmed Thursday. TIFFCOM shifted to the virtual format in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, driving most major film festivals and markets online. TIFFCOM’s […]

Why Are Netflix’s Subtitles So Bad?

The massive international success of Netflix’s Squid Game has significantly raised the profile of subtitling, a traditionally overlooked craft that is becoming increasingly essential to the efficient functioning of the global entertainment industry. As the multinational streaming platforms invest huge sums in local-language series and movies — Netflix is spending more than a half-billion dollars […]

‘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.

‘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 Festival Chairman Shares Bold Vision to Remake Japan’s Oldest Cinema Event

Tokyo International Film Festival chairman Hiroyasu Ando is finally free to make some of the big changes he believes will revitalize Japan’s oldest cinema event. A career diplomat who spent over 40 years in Japan’s Foreign Service, Ando joined the Tokyo festival in the new role of chairman midway through 2019. But the pandemic threw […]