After walking the red carpet on the opening night of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, Yu Aoi pointed out to the emcee that she and the other three "muses" of the festival — fellow actresses Sakura Ando, Hikari Mitsushima and Aoi Miyazaki — were all born in the same year, 1985, thus lending this year's festival a generational point of reference.

However, Ando added that, according to the lunar calendar, 2017 is not a particularly "lucky" year for her cohort, so she hopes the festival — being held at Roppongi Hills — will make the best of it.

Considering that it was raining on the red carpet when she said this, Ando's comment was perhaps a little pessimistic, but the weather didn't seem to bother the hundreds of fans, who strained against the ropes along the red carpet, begging for autographs and shaking hands with filmmakers and actors who were more than happy to oblige.