After Hideaki Anno and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will be celebrating the work of Japan’s two most iconic directors: Mamoru Hosoda and Shunji Iwai.
TIFF revived its Special Focus on Japanese Animation in 2014 with acclaimed director Hideaki Anno, the writer/supervising director of the upcoming “GodzillaResurgence.” In 2015, TIFF showcased works of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko which known as the early creator of Mobile Suit Gundam. This year, Hosoda will be in Animation Focus which a program that already run for its third course. Hosoda is often dubbed as The Next of Hayao Miyazaki, he is the brilliantly inventive director behind Summer Wars (09) and Wolf Children (12).
His latest masterpiece, The Boy and the Beast (15), became the highest-grossing local film at the Japanese box office in 2015, as well as being distributed in nearly 50 territories overseas. Just like Miyazaki, Hosoda rely on universal themes and great storytelling which have attracted all-age audiences worldwide and his devoted fan base continues to expand with each exhilarating new release.
While for Iwai, his works will appear in TIFF’s Japan Now section. Iwai is known for his groundbreaking style and youth-focused vision which gained its own name as “Iwai Aesthetic.”
Iwai establishing himself as one of his home country’s top filmmakers with such contemporary gems as Love Letter, Swallowtail Butterfly, and Hana and Alice.
His latest masterpiece, A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (16) is a tale about relationship between human and the morality. Iwai’s films have continued to be in a class all their own, each a mesmerizing work of transcendent power, applauded across the globe by fans and critics alike. Both of the directors will be schedule to have session of Q and A during the festival.
The 29th TIFF will take place from October 25 – November 3, 2016 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.