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The Tokyo Film Festival sets the Asia-heavy competition category

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The competition section of the Tokyo International Film Festival on Tuesday will be heavily skewed towards the Asian title, festival organizers said on Tuesday.

The festival has announced the full lineup for its rd th edition. As previously announced, the festival will begin with Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” and end with Stephen Chobsky’s “Favorite Evan Hansen.”

This year’s 15 title contests include “Crane Lantern”, the 2020 new film Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize winner Hilal Baydarov of Azerbaijan, “Arisaka”, action thriller by young Filipino writer Mikhail Red, and “One and Four”, a Chinese Tibetan movie. Movies produced by Toussaint. Japan is represented by Matsui Diego’s relationship drama “Just Remembering” and “Third Time Lucky”, the first debut directed by screenwriter Nohara Tadashi.

The jury is chaired by French star Isabel Huppert.

Ichiama Shojo, TIFF’s new programming director, said: “We’ve decided to focus more on quality than world premieres in the competition section, but it turns out that 11 of the 15 movies we watch have world premiere accounts, the rest are Asian premieres.” Also, we have selected films that do not give much importance to geographical distribution and end up with a lot more films from Asia than Europe and the United States but many better European films are being screened in the world focus section.

Screening in the festival’s favorite new gala section in Japan featuring Michael Schwalter’s biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, Pickup from Toronto, Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch”, Paolo Sorrentino’s Venice Grand Jury Award winner “The Hand of God” Jury Award winner “Memoria”, Zen Campion’s Venice Silver Lion winner “The Power of the Dog”, Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” which also premiered in Hong Kong Boxing biopics “Jenson Punch” and “Raging Fire”, a Hong Kong-Chinese action film directed by Benny Chan before his death in August 2020.

Other segments include the Asian Future section, which features films by emerging Asian directors, World Focus, which showcases festival-favorite screens abroad that have yet to find Japanese distribution, Japanese animation, and Has done, which provides new Japanese films for international festivals and audiences. The section will also feature the focus of three films on director Yoshida Keisuke, including her latest, “Intolerance.”

This year’s festival ambassador is actor Hashimoto I, who has made several films in Tokyo, including last year’s Audience Award winner “Hold Me Back”.

A new initiative is the Amazon Prime Video Tech One Award for new filmmakers who have submitted shorts for consideration by a selection panel. The finalists will have their films screened at TIFF, the winner will receive JPY 1 Million and feature development support from Amazon Studios. “Since the submission deadline was so short, we expected about 100 entries, but we ended up with more than 200,” Ichiyama said.

Like last year, the TIFFCOM Film and TV Rights Market will be held online November 1–3, while the Tokyo Filmx Festival will run October 30-November in partnership with TIFF. 7 at two venues in Tokyo.

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