Tokyo International Film Festival 2011 (TIFF) has just announced details of their 24th annual movie event. This year TIFF organizers are keen to say “arigato” for all the support film fans have given over the years. Last month at the opening event of Japanese Movie and TV Week in Shanghai, messages of support were sent to Japan regarding the earthquake and tsunami from the famous Chinese directors including John Woo, who among others donned special wrist bands to show their support. TIFF stated “Our mission is to seek out the finest films from around the world and present the fruits of Japan’s culture to the world. We believe that our determination will contribute to the restoration and recovery of the industry and Japan.”
In addition to the international competition, the Roppongi based event will hold retrospective screenings for a legendary actress, Kyoko Kagawa, the great Japanese actress beloved by Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, and Mikio Naruse, all of whom were legendary directors during Japan’s golden age of film in the 1950’s. Films to be shown include the incredible “A Story From Chikamatsu” (Chikamatsu monogatari) by Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954.
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