The digital age of relationships and filmmaking

Film Oct 26, 2016

The digital age of relationships and filmmaking

by Kaori Shoji

Shunji Iwai has long stood on ambivalent terrain. To Western audiences he's known as a prolific and brilliant auteur, but without the overseas cachet of others such as Takeshi Kitano. To his fans in Japan, he's viewed as the spokesman for the socially conscious ...

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

Film Oct 19, 2016

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

by James Hadfield

While sifting through the movies submitted for this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), competition programming director Yoshihiko Yatabe says he noticed a recurring theme. "I was struck by the number of films involving immigrants and refugees," he says. "It's become such a big issue, ...

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

Film Oct 19, 2016

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

by Mark Schilling

The Tokyo International Film Festival offers a great once-in-a-year opportunity to see new and classic Japanese films with English subtitles. The sheer quantity on offer — more than 50 titles in the main sections alone — can be overwhelming, though. Here are samples from ...

There's always drama at home

Film Oct 19, 2016

There's always drama at home

by Kaori Shoji

The most intriguing titles at this year's TIFF celebrate geographical diversity while homing in on social issues of modern life. Whether the characters are in Brazil or Croatia or Japan, or the filmmakers are from Romania, India or China, their stories feature the struggles ...

A cinematic view from overseas

Film Oct 19, 2016

A cinematic view from overseas

by Giovanni Fazio

The 29th edition of the TIFF, like every other festival, has suffered from content bloat over the years, but scanning the schedule carefully is worth the effort. A good place to start is usually the World Focus section; this category doesn't require that films ...