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The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, which opened on Wednesday, is screening a variety of cinema from all over the world at various venues in Tokyo. The festival runs until Nov. 3, when the jury will announce the winning films from the competition.

In collaboration with TIFF, The Japan Times presents a series of portraits of filmmakers, actors and jury members.

For more information about screenings and special programs see the TIFF website.


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Director Nobuhiko Obayashi,
Director Nobuhiko Obayashi, ‘Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Mugi Kadowaki,
Actress Mugi Kadowaki,’Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Taiyo Okamoto,
Actor Taiyo Okamoto,’Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Honoka Yahagi,
Actress Honoka Yahagi,’Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Shunsuke Kubozuka,
Actor Shunsuke Kubozuka, ‘Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Takako Tokiwa,
Actress Takako Tokiwa, ‘Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Essayist Taro Dan,
Essayist Taro Dan, ‘Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Hirona Yamazaki,
Actress Hirona Yamazaki, ‘Hanagatami’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Luca Bellino,
Director Luca Bellino, ‘Crater’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Silvia Luzi,
Director Silvia Luzi, ‘Crater’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Rosario Caroccia,
Actor Rosario Caroccia, ‘Crater’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Sharon Caroccia,
Actress Sharon Caroccia, ‘Crater’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Takahisa Zeze,
Director Takahisa Zeze, ‘The Lowlife’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Author/actress Mana Sakura,
Author/actress Mana Sakura, ‘The Lowlife’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Kokone Sasaki,
Actress Kokone Sasaki,’The Lowlife’| © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Ayano Moriguchi,
Actress Ayano Moriguchi, ‘The Lowlife’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Aina Yamada,
Actress Aina Yamada, ‘The Lowlife’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Semih Kaplanoğlu, Grain
Director Semih Kaplanoğlu, ‘Grain’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Jean-Marc Barr,
Actor Jean-Marc Barr, ‘Grain’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Jiang Yiyan,
Actress Jiang Yiyan, ‘The Looming Storm’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Dong Yue,
Director Dong Yue, ‘The Looming Storm’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Govinda Van Maele,
Director Govinda Van Maele, ‘Gutland’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Teemu Nikki,
Director Teemu Nikki, ‘Euthanizer’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Matti Onnismaa,
Actor Matti Onnismaa, ‘Euthanizer’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Zhanna Issabayeva,
Director Zhanna Issabayeva, ‘Sveta’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Roman Lystsov,
Actor Roman Lystsov, ‘Sveta’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Laura Koroleva,
Actress Laura Koroleva, ‘Sveta’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Edmund Yeo,
Director Edmund Yeo, ‘Aqérat (We, The Dead)’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Howard Hon Kahoe,
Actor Howard Hon Kahoe, ‘Aqérat (We, The Dead)’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Daphne Low,
Actress Daphne Low, ‘Aqérat (We, The Dead)’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Akiko Ooku,
Director Akiko Ooku, ‘Tremble All You Want’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Daichi Watanabe,
Actor Daichi Watanabe, ‘Tremble All You Want’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Anna Ishibashi,
Actress Anna Ishibashi, ‘Tremble All You Want’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Takumi Kitamura,
Actor Takumi Kitamura, ‘Tremble All You Want’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Mayu Matsuoka,
Actress Mayu Matsuoka, ‘Tremble All You Want’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Ivan Dimitrov, Ship in a Room
Actor Ivan Dimitrov, ‘Ship in a Room’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Lyubomir Mladenov,
Director Lyubomir Mladenov, ‘Ship in a Room’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Tzvetan Alexiev,
Actor Tzvetan Alexiev, ‘Ship in a Room’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Zaza khalvashi,
Director Zaza khalvashi, ‘Namme’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress Mariska Diasamidze,
Actress Mariska Diasamidze,’Namme’ | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Competition Programming Director Yoshi Yatabe
Competition Programming Director Yoshi Yatabe | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor Masatoshi Nagase, member of the International Competition Jury
Actor Masatoshi Nagase, member of the International Competition Jury | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actress/director Zhao Wei, member of the International Competition Jury
Actress/director Zhao Wei, member of the International Competition Jury | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director/writer/producer Reza Mirkarimi, member of the International Competition Jury
Director/writer/producer Reza Mirkarimi, member of the International Competition Jury | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Director Martin Provost, member of the International Competition Jury
Director Martin Provost, member of the International Competition Jury | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO
Actor/director Tommy Lee Jones, head of the International Competition Jury
Actor/director Tommy Lee Jones, head of the International Competition Jury | © TIFF / THE JAPAN TIMES / DAN SZPARA PHOTO