Sydneysiders, this is your last chance to catch the latest contemporary films now showing in Japan. Many will sadly not get an Australian release so don't be a monkey and miss out!
Highlights for the weekend include Friday night's Tokyo Tribe
, the latest from Sion Sono (all done in rap!), Saturday's Pecoross' Mother and Her Days
(Kinema Junpo #1 film on their Top Ten list from last year), the repeat screening of the Rurouni Kenshin
trilogy and Tokyo Refugees
, on homelessness in Tokyo.
Introducing the Director's Picks!
Unsure of what to see with so many films on offer? Here are Festival Director Masafumi Konomi's picks for this year. Catch the Tokyo International Film Festival audience award-winning crime drama Pale Moon
(pictured on the left), the dark and moody romance-drama The Light Shines Only There
, and the coming-of-age comedy drama Wood Job!
). Don't miss these gems on the big screen! :)
Spotlight on Shota Sometani
Shota Sometani won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 68th Venice Film Festival for his role in Himizu.
At JFF2014 alone, he appears in seven of our films!
You will recognise him for his lead role in Wood Job!
) as a fresh grad in a forestry apprenticeship, a narrator who raps in Tokyo Tribe
, a colleague in Snow White Murder Case
, a younger brother in A Drop of a Grapevine
), a fighter pilot in The Eternal Zero
and other minor roles in The Kiyosu Conference
and Sue, Mai and Sawa
With a portfolio of films like these, he is definitely one talented and versatile rising actor to keep an eye on!