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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Tokyo: 5 Questions With Festival Ambassador Ai Hashimoto

Since her debut in Tetsuya Nakashima’s acclaimed feature Confessions (2010) as a schoolgirl, Ai Hashimoto, 25, has built an impressive filmography, to say nothing of her television work, modeling and singing career (she’s signed to Sony Music). The native of Kumamoto on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu has shown her versatility in appearing in everything […]

Tokyo Fest: Bong Joon-ho, Isabelle Huppert Join Hirokazu Kore-eda’s New Filmmaker Conversation Series

The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled the lineup for its 34th annual edition on Tuesday, featuring a slew of established and emerging arthouse talent from across Asia and around the world. Japan’s flagship cinema event has been undergoing a creative overhaul of late, involving leadership shake-ups, a change of location and some restructuring of its […]

Isabelle Huppert Named Tokyo Film Festival Jury President

Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert will head up this year’s competition jury for the Tokyo International Film Festival, organizers announced Friday. “It is a great honor to be chosen to preside over the International Competition Jury of the 34th TIFF, one of the most important Festivals in the world I have always considered with great […]

Tokyo Film Festival to Showcase Japanese Director Keisuke Yoshida

The Tokyo International Film Festival, which plans to take place as an in-person event running from Oct. 30 to Nov. 8, will showcase the work of emerging Japanese director Keisuke Yoshida. Yoshida will be the Director In Focus as part of the festival’s new Nippon Cinema Now section, which will include a gala selection of […]

Tokyo International Film Festival Begins Major Overhaul

Japan's flagship cinema event is changing locations and programming directors, deepening its relationship with Palme d'Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda and belatedly signing a gender parity pledge. 

Tokyo Film Festival Sets Dates for 2021 Edition

The festival will run from Oct. 30 to Nov. 8.

Tokyo Film Festival’s Audience Award Goes to Akiko Ohku’s ‘Hold Me Back’

The Tokyo International Film Festival handed out its audience award Monday to Japanese director Akiko Ohku's for her latest feature, Hold Me Back, a socially astute romantic comedy about the life struggles of a Japanese woman entering her early thirties.