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30th Tokyo International Film Festival Full Programme Has Been Announced!

The film festival will be held from October 25 to November 3…

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is back with their 30th edition followed by announcing their full-line-up. An epic live-action Fullmetal Alchemist, directed by Fumihiko Sori will opened the film festival. The biggest Japan-China production Legend of the Demon Cat, directed by Chen Kaige and starring Sometani will be screened at the Special Opening Presentation.

All jury members for 30th TIFF’s Competition, Asian Future and Japanese Cinema Splash have also been announced by the organizers. Actor and director Tommy Lee Jones will be taking the lead as President of Jury along with other film industry professionals including actress and director Zhao Wei, actor Masatoshi Nagase, film producer Jungwan On, and film director Isao Yukisada.

Musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor) will be receiving the 2017 SAMURAI Award for achievements in carving a new era in cinema. He will be giving a talk with other speakers on ‘Visuals and Music’ (November 1).

There will be special screenings of current films including various co-productions between Japan and other countries. This segment includes science fiction fantasy Endless Poetry, a sequel to popular Garo franchise Garo -Kaminokiba-, a collaboration between director Sabu and well-known actor Chang Chen Mr Long, and portrait film Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA.

In collaboration with Japan Foundation, Japanese Classics Section features the digitally restored versions of acclaimed masterpieces directed by famous Japan filmmakers, including Kagemusha (4K Digitally Restored Version) by Akira Kurosawa, Sansho the Bailiff (4K Digitally Restored Version) by Kenji Mizoguchi, and Shohei Imamura’s The Ballad of Narayama (Digitally Restored Version).

Japan Now: Muses of Japanese Cinema will be highlighting four iconic actresses: Sakura Ando, Yu Aoi, Hikari Mitsushima, and Aoi Miyazaki, as an honour for their commitments in acting, collaborations with film directors, and increasing international stature. The selection of films includes Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder, Kei Ishikawa’s Traces of Sin, and Lee Sang-il’s Rage.

You will be taken to explore Keiichi Hara’s animation films in The World of Keiichi Hara to celebrate 100th anniversary of Japanese animation and 30th anniversary of TIFF. The segment features classic Crayon Shin-chan series of films and the untold story of Master Hokusai’s daughter Miss Hokusai.

There will be special events happening at the TIFF: Midnight Film Festival, Godzilla Cinema Concert, and 4K Digitally Restored Film Screening of Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Gate of Hell. TIFF Master Classes and workshops for teens will be held to learn about the ins and outs of filmmaking industry.

Here is the full-lineup of this year’s film festival.

Opening Film – Fullmetal Alchemist, Fumihiko Sori, 2017, Japan, 133 minutes, World Premiere

Special Opening Presentation – Legend of the Demon Cat, Chen Kaige, 2017, Japan, Hong Kong, and China

 Special Screenings

Endless Poetry, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2016, France, Chile & Japan, 128 minutes

Vibration: The Yellow Monkey, Daishi Matsunaga, 2017, Japan, 125 minutes, Japan Premiere

Garo -Kaminokiba-, Keita Amemiya, 2017, Japan, 98 minutes, World Premiere

Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds, Hiroshi Sugawara, 2017, Japan, 117 minutes, World Premiere

The Stand-In Thief, Masafumi Nishida, 2017, Japan, 114 minutes, Japan Premiere

Our Blue Moment, Rikiya Imaizumi, 2017, Japan, 107 minutes, World Premiere

Miko Girl, Gu Suyeon, 2017, Japan, 98 minutes

Mr. Long, Sabu, 2017, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Germany, 129 minutes, Japan Premiere

Midnight Bus, Masao Takeshita, 2017, Japan, 157 minutes, World Premiere

Mutafukaz, Guillaume Run Renard & Shojiro Nishimi, 2016, France & Japan, 90 minutes, Asia Premiere

Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA, Stephen Nomura Schible, 2017, USA & Japan, 102 minutes, Japan Premiere


Aqerat (We Are Dead), Edmund Yeo, 2017, Malaysia, 102 minutes, World Premiere

The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad, 2017, Iran, 78 minutes, International Premiere

The Lowlife, Takahisa Zeze, 2017, Japan, 121 minutes, World Premiere

The Looming Storm, Dong Yue, 2017, China, 120 minutes, World Premiere

Tremble All You Want, Akiko Ooku, 2017, Japan, 117 minutes, World Premiere

Asian Future

Alifu, the Prince/ss, Wang Yu-lin, 2017, Taiwan, 91 minutes, World Premiere

Bioscopewala, Deb Medhekar, 2017, India, 91 minutes, World Premiere

Life Without Life, Kaveh Moeinfar, 2017, Iran, 90 minutes, World Premiere

Old Beast, Zhou Ziyang, 2017, China, 110 minutes, International Premiere

Passage of Life, Akio Fujimoto, 2017, Japan, 100 minutes, World Premiere

The Portrait, Loy Arcenas, 2017, Philippines, 120 minutes, World Premiere

The Right to Kill, Arnel Arbi Barbarona, 2017, Philippines, 90 minutes, International Premiere

Someone from Nowhere, Prabda Yoon, 2017, Thailand, 87 minutes, World Premiere

Soul Inn, Zheng Yi, 2017, China, 87 minutes, World Premiere

Taksim Hold’em, Michael Önder, 2017, Turkey, 89 minutes, World Premiere

Japanese Cinema Splash

Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops, Daigo Matsui, 2017, Japan, 74 minutes,

The Hungry Lion, Takaomi Ogata, 2017, Japan, 78 minutes, World Premiere

Ambiguous Places, Akira Ikeda, 2017, Japan, 93 minutes, World Premiere

Goodbye, Grandpa!, Yukihiro Morigaki, 2017, Japan, 104 minutes, World Premiere

Of Love & Law, Hikaru Toda, 2017, Japan, 94 minutes, World Premiere

Between Men and the Gods, Eiji Uchida, 2017, Japan, 89 minutes, World Premiere

Party ‘Round the Globe’, Hirobumi Watanabe, 2017, Japan, 116 minutes, World Premiere

Waiting for the Moon, Michio Koshikawa, 2017, Japan, 124 minutes, World Premiere

Listen to Light, Kyoshi Sugita, 2017, Japan, 153 minutes, World Premiere

Special Program: A Duel Tale, Shigemichi Sugita, 2015, Japan, 95 minutes, World Premiere

World Focus

The Cousin, Tzahi Grad, 2017, Israel, 93 minutes, Asia Premiere

Have a Nice Day, Liu Jian, 2017, Japan, 77 minutes, Japan Premiere

The Poet and The Boy, Kim Yang-hee, 2017, South Korea, 110 minutes, Japan Premiere

Sexy Durga, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, 2017, India, 85 minutes, Japan Premiere

Stonehead, Zhao Xiang, 2017, China, 90 minutes, Japan Premiere

This is Not What I Expected, Derek Hui, 2017, Hong Kong & China, 106 minutes, Japan Premiere

Underground, Daniel R. Palacio, 2017, Philippines, 84 minutes, Asia Premiere

Vikram Vedha, Pushkar & Gayatri, 2017, India, 141 minutes, Japan Premiere

Made in Hong Kong (Digitally Remastered Version), Fruit Chan, 1997, Hong Kong, 108 minutes (Review)

A Foley Artist, Wang Wan-jo, 2016, Taiwan, 100 minutes, Japan Premiere

The Great Buddha, Huang Hsin-yao, 2017, Taiwan, 104 minutes, Japan Premiere

Mon Mon Mon Monsters, Giddens Ko, 2017, Taiwan, 110 minutes, Japan Premiere (Review)

Super Citizen Ko (Digitally Remastered Version), Wan Jen, 1995, Taiwan, 120 minutes

Crosscut Asia – #4 What’s Next for Southeast Asia (Presented by Japan Foundation Asia Center)

Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories, Phan Dang Di, 2015, Vietnam, France, Germany & The Netherlands, 102 minutes

The Carousel Never Stops Turning, Ismail Basbeth, 2017, Indonesia, 84 minutes, Japan Premiere

In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire, Wichanon Somumjarn, 2012, Thailand & The Netherlands, 76 minutes

Kristo, HF Yambao, 2016, Philippines, 92 minutes, International Premiere

My Superheroes, Eric Ong, 2017, Malaysia, 122 minutes, Japan Premiere

Pop Aye, Kirsten Tan, 2017, Singapore & Thailand, 102 minutes, Japan Premiere

Tales of the Otherwords, B.W. Purba Negara, 2016, Indonesia, 86 minutes, Japan Premiere

Yasmin-san, Edmund Yeo, 2017, Malaysia, 70 minutes, World Premiere

Will Your Heart Beat Faster, Mike De Leon, 1980, Philippines, 106 minutes

Cambodian Young Cinema

Don’t Know Much About ABC, Sok Chanrado & Norm Phanith, 2015, Cambodia, 22 minutes

Red Ink, Ly Polen, 2016, Cambodia, 21 minutes

Three Wheels, Neang Kavich, 2015, Cambodia, 21 minutes

Twenty Dollars, Sang Chanvisal, 2017, Cambodia, 13 minutes

Japan Now

A Beautiful Star, Yoshida Daihachi, 2017, Japan, 127 minutes

The Tokyo Night is Always the Densest Shade of Blue, Yuya Ishii, 2017, Japan, 108 minutes

Dear Etranger, Yukiko Mishima, 2016, Japan, 127 minutes

The Third Murder, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2017, Japan, 124 minutes

Hanagatami, Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017, Japan, 169 minutes

Radiance, Naomi Kawase, 2017, Japan, 101 minutes

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Masaaki Yuasa, 2017, Japan, 93 minutes (Review)

0.5mm, Momoko Ando, 2013, Japan, 196 minutes

Our Homeland, Yang Yonghi, 2011, Japan, 100 minutes

What a Wonderful Family 2!, Yoji Yamada, 2017, Japan, 113 minutes

Hana and Alice, Shunji Iwai, 2004, Japan, 135 minutes

Life and Death on The Shore, Michio Koshikawa, 2017, Japan, 155 minutes

Traces of Sin, Kei Ishikawa, 2017, Japan, 120 minutes (Review)

Rage, Lee Sang-il, 2016, Japan, 142 minutes

Eureka, Shinji Aoyama, 2001, Japan, 217 minutes

Japan Classics

Sansho the Baliff (4K Digitally Restored Version), Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954, Japan, 126 minutes, Japan Premiere

Kagemusha (4K Digitally Restored Version), Akira Kurosawa, 1980, Japan, 180 minutes

The Ballad of Narayama (Digitally Restored Version), Shohei Imamura, 1983, Japan, 131 minutes, Japan Premiere

A Story from Chikamatsu (4K Digitally Restored Version), Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954, Japan, 102 minutes, Japan Premiere

Youth – Teens Meet Cinema

Hidden Feelings, Team Blue, 2017, Japan, 8 minutes

Diary of the Tragedies, Team Red, 2017, Japan, 10 minutes

Lonely Box, Team Yellow, 2017, Japan, 7 minutes

The Silence of Exploding Drums, Team Green, 2017, Japan, 13 minutes

When A Film is Born, Takashi Nishihara, 2017, Japan 31 minutes

Special Night Event at Kabukiza Theatre – Gate of Hell (4K Digitally Restored Version), Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953, Japan, 89 minutes

The World of Keiichi Hara

Mami the Psychic: Dancing Dolls in a Starry Sky, Keiichi Hara, 1988, Japan, 41 minutes

Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back, Keiichi Hara, 2001, Japan, 90 minutes

Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States, Keiichi Hara, 2002, Japan, 95 minutes

Summer Days With Coo, Keiichi Hara, 2007, Japan, 138 minutes

Colorful, Keiichi Hara, 2010, Japan, 126 minutes

Dawn of a Filmmaker: The Keisuke Kinoshita Story, Keiichi Hara, 2013, Japan, 96 minutes

Miss Hokusai, Keiichi Hara, 2015, Japan, 90 minutes

Midnight Film Festival

Movie Fairy FILL and Moo, Toshiko Hata, 2017, Japan, 6 minutes

Your Name, Makoto Shinkai, 2016, Japan, 108 minutes (Review)

The Garden of Words, Makoto Shinkai, 2013, Japan, 46 minutes (Review)

Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Makoto Shinkai, 2011, Japan, 116 minutes

5 Centimetres Per Second, Makoto Shinkai, 2007, Japan, 63 minutes

The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Makoto Shinkai, 2004, Japan, 1 minute

Red, Blue, and Green, Rikiya Imaizumi, 2017, Japan, 20 minutes

It Girls: Anytime Smokin’ Cigarette, Tatsuo Kobayashi, 2017, Japan, 44 minutes

She/ll, Aimi Satsukawa, 2017, Japan, 14 minutes

Swirl, Risa Takeuchi, 2017, Japan, 35 minutes

The Perfect Grey, Yusuke Tsutsumi, 2017, Japan, 50 minutes

Local Rule, Ken Ninomiya, 2017, Japan, 36 minutes

Haruo, Maeno Tomoya, 2017, Japan, 16 minutes

Let Go of My Teen Days, Hana Matsumoto, 2017, Japan, 46 minutes

Eternal Girl, Yuka Yasukawa, 2017, Japan, 25 minutes

Summer Kids, Daichi Watanabe, 2017, Japan, 42 minutes

Open-Air Cinema Arena 30

Hospitalite, Koji Fukada, 2010, Japan, 96 minutes

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee, 2000, USA & China, 120 minutes

The Gentle Twelve, Shun Nakahara, 1991, Japan, 109 minutes

Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday, Shuichi Okita, 2014, Japan, 88 minutes

The Road Home, Zhang Yimou, 1999, China, 89 minutes

School Days with a Pig, Tetsu Maeda, 2008, Japan, 109 minutes

Her Love Boils Bathwater, Ryota Nakano, 2016, Japan, 125 minutes

Ran, Akira Kurosawa, 1985, Japan & France, 162 minutes

More information about the full-lineup, screenings schedule, and ticket purchase can be found here.

*All images are sourced from Tokyo International Film Festival official website

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