One of the biggest and largest film festival, Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), in Asia has just ended. During the ten day celebration, hundreds of film were shown and events conducted. The festival which held mainly in Roppongi Hills was not without critic especially since Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) getting bigger and stronger.
Last year, TIFF was open with the worldwide premiere of Big Hero 6. This year, TIFF open with The Walk which already screened in many parts of the world including Indonesia. Not to mention, only Robert Zemeckis attending the event (the cast such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley didn’t attend the festival).
In the competition section, three of Japanese films were included. However, Pale Moon (the only Japanese film competed in the section last year) had more quality compare to the three films (Inerasable, Foujita, and Sayonara). The good side is, this year competition is more entertaining and lighter compare to last year. Another note comes from Crosscut Asia section which shown various films from Phillipine. Some of the films selected I think were too stereotypical.
The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival runs until October 31, with screenings at the main event space in Roppongi Hills, as well as Shinjuku WALD9, Shinjuku Piccadilly, and TOHO CINEMAS Shinjuku. This year the festival boasts new sections Panorama, Japan Now, and Japanese Classics, in addition to six traditional sections Competition, Special Screenings, Asian Future, World Focus, Japanese Cinema Splash and CROSSCUT ASIA. Together with Allied Events, more than 200 films from around the globe will be screened, along with special appearances and greetings by actors and Q&A events. That’s all my notes and here is my journey.
Before the real event took place, we have Japan Content Showcase (JCS), organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (TIMM), UNIJAPAN (TIFFCOM) and the Association of Japanese Animations (TIAF), took place in GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA, Tokyo from October 20th (Tue) to 22nd (Thu).
During 3 days of the period, it welcomed 24,291 participants, the largest number in its history. This year JCS marks the 4th year as the multi-content market featuring music, films and animation. The high-powered seminars with hot topics including VOD business were held and received great response from the market participants.
And hey, Indonesia was there having a booth, though I’m not satisfied with the location. They also have too much people for two days event (again, such a waste of tax money)
Red carpet and opening ceremony
Hilary Swank, the two times Academy Award winner, became the first celebrity to walk. Wearing a white gown with purple flowery detail design by Giambattista Valli, Swank gracing the red carpet to promote her newest film titled You’re Not You.
After Swank, few other names made appearances such as the director behind True Detective season 1, Cary Joji Fukunaga. Fukunaga, who is promoting his Beast of No Nation stated that this film took almost 20 years to be made. “The idea has been around since I was in college and now I’m able to make it.” Beast of No Nation is about a young soldier in conflicted areas and starring Idris Elba.
Simon Curtis, director of Woman in Gold, walking the red carpet with Helen Miren who looks stunning in sheer gown by Badgley Mischka. Another prominent filmmakers to walk the red carpet was none other than Robert Zemeckis. His newest film, The Walk, was appointed to open the festival.
The director of Ghost Theater, Hideo Nakata, was accompanied with actress and AKB48 member, Haruka Shimazaki and a purple doll. The director who is also behind The Ring was appointed to have his own program during the festival, J-Horror Master, along with J-Horror director such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) and Takashi Shimizu (Ju On and The Grudge).
From Indonesia, we have Christine Hakim, Nayaka Untara, and Dewi Umaya who represented Guru Bangsa Tjokroaminoto (The Hijra). The trio from Indonesia staying classy with Indonesian attire (well Untara opt for suit and tie though).
After the red carpet, the festival proceed with the screening of The Walk.
“I am very much honoured for my work to be featured as the opener of the Tokyo International Film Festival. I’d like to give thanks on behalf of the staff, cast, the entire crew, and Sony Pictures,” said Zemeckis
The Walk is a 3D film that tells the true story of France’s Philippe Petit, who in 1974 performed the seemingly impossible feat of walking between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center on a high wire, 411 metres above the ground with no lifeline.
Text & photo: Tatu Hutami