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Conversation Series at Asia Lounge announced


Conversation Series at Asia Lounge Co-presented by The Japan Foundation Asia Center & Tokyo International Film Festival

Full Lineup and Program Schedule Announced, with Exciting Guests Appearing Physically and Online

CHANG Chen and KORE-EDA Hirokazu, BONG Joon Ho and HOSODA Mamoru and more

The Japan Foundation and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce the lineup of guests for the second year of the Conversation Series at Asia Lounge, selected by a committee which was once again advised by Palme d’Or winner KORE-EDA Hirokazu*. Acclaimed directors and actors from a variety of countries and regions in Asia and beyond will gather at the Asia Lounge to chat with their Japanese counterparts as part of the 34th TIFF, to be held from October 30 to November 8.


The full lineup and program schedule are available on TIFF’s official website, and registration is now open:

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Japan Foundation and TIFF were again limited in their ability to invite guests from overseas, and to achieve their original goal of making Asia Lounge a place where filmmakers can interact and attend talk sessions in person. However, we are pleased that actress Isabelle Huppert and filmmaker Kamila Andini will be able to join us physically for the 34th TIFF and Asia Lounge. Please be sure to register early. We look forward to seeing you at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya.


Title: Conversation Series at Asia Lounge
       Co-presented by The Japan Foundation Asia Center & Tokyo International Film Festival
Organizers: The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo International Film Festival
Venue: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

October 31 (Sun) 14:30-16:00 Isabelle Huppert and Hamaguchi Ryusuke
November 1 (Mon) 14:00-15:30 Chang Chen and Kore-eda Hirokazu
November 2 (Tue) 14:00-15:30 Special session on Sharing Cinema Internationally
              Harumoto Yujiro, Xu Haochen and Takata Shiori
November 3 (Wed) 14:00-15:30 Kamila Andini and Sode Yukiko
November 4 (Thu) 14:00-15:30 Bahman Ghobadi and Hashimoto Ai
November 5 (Fri) 14:00-15:30 Brillante Ma Mendoza and Nagase Masatoshi
November 6 (Sat) 11:10-12:40 Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Nishijima Hidetoshi
November 7 (Sun) 14:00-15:30 Bong Joon Ho and Hosoda Mamoru

1) All times are listed in Japan Standard Time (JST).
2) For the latest information on guests who will come to Japan and join the Asia Lounge physically, please check TIFF’s official website.
3) Interpretation into Japanese and English will be provided.
4) Please note the event on November 6 will be earlier, from 11:10 to 12:40 (JST).


About Tokyo International Film Festival

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