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Asian premiere of Ralph Fiennes new film, The White Crow

©2018 TIFF   While continuing to rack up an enviable record of critically lauded performances in commercially successful films, from Schindler’s List to Harry Potter, Ralph Fiennes has twice before taken time out to direct his own films, Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman. That he would decide next to mount a gorgeous, sweeping quasi-biopic of legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was not exactly predictable.   But as he told the pres...

Breaking Down Barriers in Amateur Filmmaking [TIFF 2018: Teens Meet Cinema: Q&A]

  ©2018 TIFF   “I don’t believe there are ‘amateur’ filmmakers and ‘professional’ filmmakers. There are just people that want to make movies.”   It was with that sentiment that director Akiko Ooku summed up the hard work of the students who took part in the 31st TIFF’s filmmaking workshop Teens Meet Cinema. The workshop, which is in its second year, pairs up veteran filmmakers with middle-sch...

Competition Jury Press Conference: Finding Magic in First Impressions

©2018 TIFF   The five members of the 31st TnIFF Iternational Competition Jury sat down with the press on October 26, the morning after they had first appeared together at the Opening Ceremony.   Presided over by acclaimed director Brillante Ma Mendoza of the Philippines (The Masseur, Kinatay, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections), the panel includes Hollywood producer Bryan Burk (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Iranian actress Tarane...

Tokyo Sun and Stars Shine as 31st TIFF Kicks Off

Ⓒ2018 TIFF       The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off its 10-day run under clear autumn skies on October 25, with hundreds of fans turning out to greet filmmakers and stars as they arrived for the TIFF Ope...

Report on Press Conference on Asian Three-Fold Mirror Project

A press conference highlighting the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, a collaborative project jointly organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), featured acclaimed filmmakers Isao Yukisada and Daishi Matsunaga at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) on October 3. Takeo Hisamatsu, Festival Director of the 31st TIFF, discussed this year’s TIFF highlights and the significance of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, while Japan Now Progr...

Full Lineup Unveiled for 31st Tokyo International Film Festival

At a press conference at Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo, Festival Director Takeo HISAMATSU delivered opening remarks and emphasized the festival’s vision for the future. Mayu MATSUOKA, one of Japan’s most popular actresses, discussed her role as the 31st TIFF Ambassador. The Opening, Gala screening and Closing films were showcased. TIFF’s programming directors then took the stage to introduce the lineup for each section of the festival. Click here for details   31st T...

Tokyo Fest will close with GODZILLA: The Planet Eater (2018/Japan)

     Director: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita      Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa      Release Date (Japan): November 9, 2018      Distribution (Japan): Toho Visual Entertainment The final chapter of the landmark animated “Godzilla” trilogy,  GODZILLA:The Planet Eater pits King of Destruction, Godzilla, against God of the Void, Ghidorah, with man’s destiny hanging in ...

31st Tokyo IFF to Open with "A Star Is Born"

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce this year’s Opening and Closing Films, as well as a newly added Gala Screening event. A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut, and co-starring Lady Gaga in her screen debut, will open the festival on October 25. GODZILLA: The Planet Eater, co-directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, the final entry in the landmark animated “Godzilla” trilogy, will close the festival on November ...

Poster and Trailer Unveiled for Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey

    The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Japan Foundation Asia Center today unveiled the official poster and trailer   for Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey, the second of the   omnibus film series co-produced by the two organizations. The poster   and trailer designs were created to evoke the title, signifying “Journey,” traveling beyond time and space. We also announced   today that Lim Giong, an internationa...

Tokyo International Film Festival’s New Venue: Hibiya Step Square

  The 31st TIFF has added Tokyo Midtown Hibiya as a new venue. We will hold three special programs at the Hibiya Step Square, setting up a full-scale outdoor theater with excellent image and sound quality.     ...

Highlights of Related Events at Fall’s Biggest Film Festival in Tokyo

          The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will host an exciting lineup of special events to ...

Main Cast Revealed for Omnibus Co-production Asian Three-Fold Mirror

Main International Cast Revealed for Omnibus Co-production Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey     The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) today revealed the main international cast of the second installment of omnibus film co-production series, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey. The film is being directed by three accomplished Asian filmmakers, Degena Yun (Chi...

CROSSCUT ASIA to Feature Cinema with Music at Tokyo International Film Festival

The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce   that its CROSSCUT ASIA section will focus on Southeast Asian films featuring a rich variety of musical genres, including a rock opera from   the Philippines, popular Isan band music from Thailand and   Cambodian pop songs, reflecting historical and present-day Southeast     Asia. This 5th edition of the section has been programmed in collaboration   with the Ja...

TIFF 2018: Teens Meet Cinema

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  Special Project of 31st Tokyo International Film Festival Youth Section The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), in collaboration with Children Meet Cinema, whi...

Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 Dates set Oct. 25 - Nov. 3, 2018

      Dates Set for TIFF and TIFFCOM 31st TIFF: Oct. 25 - Nov. 3, 2018 TIFFCOM2018: Oct. 23 - 25, 2018   The Tokyo International Fi...

Nominations Announced for the 12th Asian Film Awards

The Asian Film Awards Academy announced the nominations for the 12th Asian Film Awards (AFA) in Hong Kong today. For this edition, AFA received submissions from 26 countries and regions. Eighty-nine nominations were made for 17 awards, including the newly added Best New Director and Best Action Film. The nominations represent 32 films from 10 countries and regions. Japanese films and talents were nominated in 14 categories*, including a Best Film Award nomination for The Third Murder&...

Dates Set for the 30th Anniversary Edition of Tokyo International Film Festival: Oct. 25 - Nov. 3 , 2017

    The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017, with festivities running from October 25 to November 3 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater and other venues in Tokyo. TIFF was laun...

The Red Carpet and the Opening Ceremony at Tokyo Film Fest

The light rain over Tokyo didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of fans who turned out to watch the filmmakers and stars descending the grand, red-carpeted staircase at Roppongi Hills on October 25, the opening day of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). The carpet ran the length of the staircase and into the arena area, where the hundreds of guests representing the 200 films in this year’s festival lineup took time to greet fans and sign autographs. The eve...

Merryl Streep attends Tokyo Opener 'Florence Foster Jenkins' screening and meets the festival

Ahead of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opening events on October 25 (Tue), a press conference for this year’s Opening Film, Florence Foster Jenkins, was held on October 24 (Mon), welcoming Oscarwinning star Meryl Streep. Florence Foster Jenkins is based on the true story of an endearing diva who became a legend when she attracted a full house at New York’s Carnegie Hall, despite being a terrible singer. Stephen Frears, director of The Queen and Philomena, teams ...

Acclaimed Director Shunji IWAI Appears to Highlight Japan Now Section

  A press conference was held to highlight the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)’s Japan Now section, followed by a screening of internationally acclaimed creator Shunji IWAI’s latest film, A Bride for Rip Van Winkle, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) this evening, on October 4. Following a welcoming address from Yasushi SHIINA, Tokyo International Film Festival Director General, the Programming Advisor of the Japan Now section, Kohei ANDO, talke...

The Information for a Special One-day Anime Event “TIFF ANI!!” at Tokyo International Forum on Halloween, Oct 31!

  TIFF continues showcasing the latest trends in Japanese animations. On Halloween, October 31 (Mon.), films, music, and anime are brought together to start a new project which could reach out to the world. Enjoy special images only available on the day, talk sessions with special guests, and Japanimation culture.     Event Title: TIFF ANI!! Date: October 31, Mon. Show Time: Part 1 Doors open 3:30 pm/Starts 4:00 pm Part 2 Doors open 7:00 pm/Sta...

Two Japanese Films Selected for the 29th TIFF Competition Section

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  Japanese Girls Never Die Director: Daigo Matsui, Main actress: Yu Aoi ...

"Asian Three-fold Mirror 2016 : Reflections" Trailer

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The Japan Foundation Asia Center and Tokyo International Film Festival have co-produced the first of the Asian Omnibus Film series, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections. ...


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