• 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (2019)


32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (2019)


Movie season is here again. The 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)
will held in the Roppongi district (central Tokyo) again this year.


Held at: Roppongi Hills, TOHO Cinemas Roppongi, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, EX Theatre Roppongi (Minato Ward), and Hibiya Steps Hiroba


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Chairwoman of International Competition Jury Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi is an actor from China. She became known globally as the heroine in Director Ang Lee’s Academy Award winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She most recently came to Japan with Will Smith to promote Gemini Man. Our recommendation for a must-see of her performance is The Road Home where her cuteness set her apart. That film will be shown during this festival. She will be present at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi SC3 from 7:00pm on the 29th.

Access to international films not easily available is one of the benefits of this film festival.

special screening

Don’t miss which will also be shown during this festival.

Opening film is “Otoko wa Tsuraiyo: Okaeri Tora-san”

The “Tora-san” series of films is one loved by the Japanese. Even with the passing of Kiyoshi Atsumi, the popularity of these films lives on. The stories covering fifty years of these films will be released in Japan in December. Directed by Yoji Yamada (Japan Movie Director Association member).
The movies cover the Showa era (1926~1989; we are currently in the Reiwa era). These series are a must for understanding the make-up of the Japanese who have created today’s Japan. A unique style of bonding called ninjyo is warmly depicted in these films.

Katsuben! is a film by Masayuki Suda known for Shall We Dance.

Many globally renown films will also be shown.

Japanese Anime Group

Weathering with You is the film the Japanese Anime Group will show to highlight internationally recognized Japanese Anime and the visual effects of the image culture.

Films including AKIRA, Ultra Q, and Tale of the White Serpent 4K Digital Remaster will be shown along the latest releases.

Roppongi Hills Arena and the Hibiya Site
will be showing free films throughout the festival.

The outdoor screening at the Hibiya Site (Midtown Hibiya and Hibiya Steps) are free entry. The opening film is In This Corner of the World. Lala Land and Bohemian Rhapsody will also be shown.
Check also the schedule for the Roppongi Hills arena. On November 4th, Don’t Stop the Camera will be shown free of charge.

Don’t Stop the Camera became an international hit, known as a low-budget film that created a buzz. This will be shown free of charge. Elected by the Japan Movie Director Association (http://www.dgj.or.jp/english/) as the winner of the Best New Director Award. Starting at 5:00pm there will be a talk session between Directors Shin’irhico Ueda and Yo’ichi Sai. The hall is expected to fill up quickly. We recommend going early.

A film by Director Nobuhiko Obayashi, winner of the 1st New Director Award and also a member of the Japan Movie Director Association will also be shown.

Magician of the screen image Nobuhiko Obayashi

Lonely Heart, Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast, Ijintachi tono Natsu, HANAGATAMI, and the latest, Labyrinth of Cinema will all be shown.
Although not shown at the festival, we also recommend Tenko-sei, and Toki o kakeru shojo.


Also, the Nonfiction W Obayashi Nobuhiko & Kyoko no Seijo Monogatari, a story of 60 years of filmmaking as a couple will also be shown.

Japan Now

In the Japan Now Group produced by Director Kohei Ando (also shown on “AMIYS TAKE”, a Japan-search.jp program) you can watch WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES, recently shown in Japan Mitsubachi to Enrai, Miyamoto kara Kimi-e, Hikkoshi Daimyo!, and 37 sekanzu.

Japan Classics

In this group you can watch Director Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon and Akasen Chita on 4K.

Several movie festivals are taking place alongside
the Tokyo International Film Festival

This year, called the Tokyo International Fantastic Movie Festival Night, a festival loved by dedicated fans will take place after a 14 year break. Held one night only on November 2nd, now called Shin Fanta, many guests are expected for this event.
Films such as Director Yuki Kobayashi’s Burst Machine Girl, and Bad Guys starring Ma Dong-Seok will be shown.


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