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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The 21st Tokyo International Film Festival

The 21st Tokyo International Film Festival will be held Oct 18-26, showcasing some 300 films from Japan and overseas, as well as events promoting environmental preservation. The Competition category will feature 15 entries selected from 690 films from 73 countries and territories. The international jury will be headed by American actor Jon Voight.

This year, the festival has a green theme – “Ecology = Preservation of Earth’s Environment.” On the opening day, stars will walk along a green carpet made from recycled PET bottles, instead of the traditional red carpet. The festival will also include a section on films that examine the relationships between people and nature, and a new award called the Toyota Earth Grand Prix in recognition of films that take up the themes of nature, the environment and ecology.

The festival will open with the Chinese epic “Red Cliff” and close with the animated Disney feature “WALL-E.” Many actors and directors are expected to attend the festival, and in some cases, will appear on stage in talk shows after the screenings. The festival is always a good chance for foreign movie fans in Japan to see Japanese and other films with English subtitles. Since most of the films entered in the various categories are never shown theatrically in Japan (or even on DVD), the festival is once-only opportunity to see the work of up-and-coming artists.

Films will be shown at Roppongi Hills and Bunkamura in Shibuya. Advance tickets are already on sale, while tickets can also be bought at the door. Special passes are available, too.

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1 comment:

  1. so the subtitles will be in English/Japanese?

    I am just wondering whether it will be possible to give personalized subtitles. For example, you and I could be sitting next to each other, but i would see hindi subtitles and you in Chinese.



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