• Staff Report


The 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival gets underway on Oct. 28, and is set to open with the 50th installment of the long-running, record-setting Japanese institution Tora-san and his latest outing, “Welcome Back, Tora-san.”

Ahead of closing on Nov. 5, TIFF will bring a range of domestic and world cinema to Roppongi Hills, Ex Theater Roppongi and other venues around Tokyo, and will feature programs such as “Teens Meet Cinema” and “Fantastic Southeast Asia.”

Before it all kicks off, though, TIFF is holding a pre-festival screening of last year’s World Focus Special Screening feature “Ramen Teh” from Singaporean director Eric Khoo on Sept. 29. The Japan Times has 10 pairs of tickets to the event to give away, and you can apply online here. Applications close on Sept. 11.

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