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Now in its sixth year, the Japanese Eyes section of the Tokyo International Film Festival, has evolved from its beginnings as a showcase for the middle range of Japanese films — that is, ones not readily classifiable as hardcore indie or commercial mainstream, though made, in some cases, by well-known directors.

This class of films, however, has been hit hard by the recession, which has dried up funding for all but big- or zero-budget projects — as reflected in this year’s Japanese Eyes program. The only one of its eight films falling into middle of the indie-mainstream spectrum was Tetsuo Shinohara’s “Tsumuji Kaze Shokudo no Yoru” (“The Night of the Whirlwind Restaurant”).

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