A Preview of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2017

The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from October 25th – November 03rd in Roppongi and it’s the best event to see films with English subtitles in Japan at this time of the year since nearly all will have them and there will also be English interpretation at Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Another great thing about the festival is that it nearly all takes place in one location which means that getting to venues is easy.

There are a heck of a lot of films programmed and just as many events and it looks as if there are over 300 things for people to attend. Tickets are sold-out or selling-out fast but I wanted to cover this because it has an exciting line-up and Japanese indie cinema and the shorts looks strong. Heck, Japanese cinema in general looks to be in rude health.

There is a lot to get through and it will be difficult for anyone not using a computer with a decent internet connection to view this (apologies) but I wanted to do this in one post because it is impressive. Accuse me of maximalism if you want but I hope people find something to enjoy thanks to reading this. Click on a title to be taken to the festival page. Here’s what’s on offer.

Ojiichan Shinjattatte Film Image

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Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday, Mindset, Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love and Magic, Until the Day Comes, Hibi Rock, Yugami. Norowareta Heisa Kuukan, Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow, and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear audience!

I’m doing more hours in work once again. I will be at the gallery nearly every day for the next few weeks/months. I’m drumming up money for film festivals and a trip to Japan. I’ll continue to post one review a week. Being at work has its benefits aside from getting paid. Yesterday I met a girl from Japan and we talked, me with my Japanese and the lady with her English. We got along pretty well and I discovered she listens to Creephyp. I told her about How Selfish I Am! as we walked around the galleries.

Work, work, work. As long as I have films I’ll get through the day. This week I posted The Guest Dan Stevens Armed and Dangerousabout the black comedy/action thriller, The Guest (2014), a film I highly recommend. I watched Nobuhiro Yamashita’s take on brother sister love in the incest (but it’s not really incest because they aren’t related) drama adaptation Cream Lemon (2004) and the powerful and beautiful Plastic Love Story (2014).
Ken Takakura Film Image

“I’m an awkward guy.”

RIP Ken Takakura, an actor I first saw in the American film Black Rain and who later popped up in Japanese films I write about once in a while. I should watch some of his films.

What’s released in Tokyo this weekend?

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