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20 Films you shouldn’t miss at the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival (Part 1)

These are twenty film you shouldn’t miss at the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival (Japan) which will take place from October 30th – November 8th, 2021.

* Screening Dates will be added soon *

To see the second part of this article please go HERE

– Recommended Films –

American Girl by Feng-I Fiona Roan – Taiwan | 2021 – 101 minutes
Section: Asian Future | World Premiere

During the SARS outbreak of 2003, 13-year-old Fen returns to Taiwan. Depicts the director’s experiences: her mother’s illness, a feud with classmates. Karena Lam plays Fen’s mother (TIFF 2021).

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Arisaka by Mikhail Red – Philippines | 2021 – 96 minutes
Section: In Competition | World Premiere

A witness under police escort is attacked. A policewoman, the only one who survives, is sheltered by indigenous people, but assailants hunt her down… An action thriller set in Bataan (TIFF 2021).

Asu by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara – Sri Lanka | 2021 – 95 minutes
Section: Asian Future | World Premiere

Happily pregnant Nelum is diagnosed with cancer. After her baby boy is born safely, she approaches death. Third feature by Tokyo FILMeX 2017 Jury Award winner (Burning Bird).

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Blue by Yoshiuda Keisuke – Japan | 2021 – 107 minutes
Section: Nippon Cinema Now

Yoshida Keisuke is known for realistically depicting the light and shade of human nature. He wrote this screenplay based on his experience of boxing which he has done for over 30 years (TIFF 2021).

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Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko by Watanabe Ayumu – Japan | 2021 – 97 minutes
Section: Japanese Animation

Produced by Akashiya Sanma in love with the original novel by Naoki Prize-winning novelist Nishi Kanako, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is a heartwarming comedy drama of an unconventional mother and daughter (TIFF 2021).

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Hommage by Shin Su-won – Korea | 22021 – 108 minutes
Section: In Competition | World Premiere

A jobless female filmmaker is offered work restoring a film which ultimately reveals the struggles that have faced female directors in Korea. Starring Lee Jung-eun from Parasite (TIFF 2021).

Intolerance by Yoshida Keisuke – Japan | 2021 – 107 minutes
Section: Nippon Cinema Now

This film depicts a fatal accident that reflects the “vacuum” of modern society, and the love and hate of the characters that reveal all the victims and perpetrators (TIFF 2021).

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Just Remembering by Matsui Daigo – Japan | 2021 – 115 minutes
Section: In Competition | World Premiere

A former couple remembers their most intimate days, only to part once again. A bittersweet love story inspired by a Jim Jarmusch masterpiece, set in times of the COVID-19 pandemic (TIFF 2021).

Limbo by Soi Cheang – Hong Kong | 2021 – 118 minutes
Section: Gala Selection | Japanese Premiere

A serial killer is on the loose. The police reinstate veteran detective Cham on active duty and assign him to the case with rookie cop Will, but Cham’s past returns to haunt him (TIFF 2021).

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Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Colombia, Thailand, France, Germany, Mexico, Qatar | 2021 – 136 minutes – Section: Gala Selection | Japanese Premiere

Apichatpong’s latest film shot entirely in Colombia. Tilda Swinton plays a woman who travels from Bogotá to a small town in the mountains after being disturbed by a loud ‘bang’ during sleep (TIFF 2021).

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For more information please visit: https://www.tiff-jp.net

To see the second part of this article please go HERE

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