5 Documentaries you cannot miss at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival 2017

We present a list of five Documentaries you cannot miss at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival 2017. The festival will take place from October 25th until November 3rd in Tokyo, Japan.

Note: When we made this article we realized some of the films we picked were already sold out. We still feel the need to publish information about them. Thanks for understanding.

A Foley Artist by Wang Wan-jo – Taiwan | 2016 – 100 min.

A Foley Artist is a biographic documentary of Master Hu Ding-yi, the most experienced Foley artist in Taiwan, with his inventive talent for reproducing sound effects. He has devoted 40 years of his life to the film industry, doing Foley for 70 films, and has tried to pass on his knowledge on to younger generations. However, Foley artists have been gradually replaced by the arrival of digital sound effects. While exploring Hu’s character, the documentary extends further to give a broader perspective on the development of the entire Chinese-speaking film industry in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

October 25th, 2017 | Wednesday | TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills 3 | 8:30 pm (Q&A | Sold Out)
October 29th, 2017 | Sunday | TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills 6 | 11:00 pm (Q&A | Sold Out)



Living Cinema by Paulo Pastorelo – Brazil | 2017 – 84 min.

A documentary about the experience of children in São Paulo participating in an international film project lead by the Cinémathèque Française.

October 29th, 2017 | Sunday | TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills 3 | 10:10 pm (Q&A | Sold Out)



Makala by Emmanuel Gras – France | 2017 – 96 min.

A young man from a village in the Congo hopes to offer his family a better future. His only resources are his own two hands, the surrounding bush, and an iron will. When he sets out on an exhausting, perilous journey to sell the fruit of his labor, he discovers the true value of his efforts, and the price of his dreams.

October 30th, 2017 | Monday | TOHO Cinema Roppongi Hills 2 | 12:00 pm
November 2nd, 2017 | Thursday | TOHO Cinema Roppongi Hills 6 | 9:10 pm (Sold Out)



Of Love & Law by Hikaru Toda – Japan | 2017 – 94 min.

Fumi and Kazu are partners in love and law; they run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. Together for 15 years, the lawyers want to raise a family of their own in a country where their partnership has no legal recognition or protection. Driven by their own experience of being ‘outsiders’, they attract a range of clients who reveal the hidden diversity of a country that prides itself on its obedience, politeness and conformity. Tired of being silenced and made to feel invisible, the lawyers and their misfit clients expose and challenge the archaic status quo.

October 28th, 2017 | Saturday | TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills 1 | 5:05 pm (Q&A | Sold Out)
November 1st, 2017 | Wednesday | TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills 1 | 3:45 pm (Q&A)


The Prince of Nothingwood by Sonia Kronlund – France, Germany | 2017 – 86 min.

About a hundred kilometers away from Kabul, Salim Shaheen, the most popular and prolifc actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, comes to show some of his 110 films and to shoot the 111th in the process. He has brought with him his regular troupe of actors, each more eccentric and out of control than the next. The trip is an opportunity for us to get to know Shaheen, a real movie buff who has been making Z movies tirelessly for more than 30 years in a country at war. Nothingwood is the story of a man who spends his life making his childhood dreams come true.

October 31st, 2017 | Tuesday | TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills 6 | 7:30 pm
November 2st, 2017 | Thursday | TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills 6 | 2:35 pm (Q&A)


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