TIFF is The Toronto International Film Festival. It is the biggest film festival in North America with more than three hundred wonderful films show at various locations in Toronto such as Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre, the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin, and the Winter Garden Theatre. Moreover you may meet celebrities on the red carpet from September 5th to 15th.
This time, some Japanese films are coming to TIFF. We’d like to introduce them.
Like Father, Like Son (邦題: そして父になる), directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
What would you do if your child wasn’t your real child? A Baby-swap film awarded a prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, “Like Father, Like Son” will show at TIFF. Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) have 6-year-old boy. He believed his life was successful and happy, and he had everything including an educated background, high social status, and a sweet home. Then the hospital reveals that their true baby was mixed up with another child six years ago. This is impressive film which makes people think what are love, bonds and family.
Official website: http://soshitechichininaru.gaga.ne.jp/
-Schedule of Like Father, Like Son-
SAT SEP 7, 4:30 p.m. at the Winter Garden Theatre
SUN SEP 8, 10:00 a.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Ningen, directed by Guillaume Giovanetti, Çagla Zencirci
In Japanese folklore, Foxes, “kitsune” in Japanese, and raccoons, “tanuki” in Japanese, can transform into human beings in order to deceive or tease people. In the film, Kitsune and tanuki try to get gold from a rich people when the people lose them in Ningen. A company run by Yoshino is in financial difficulties. He doesn’t want to make his hundreds of employees and his wife, Wajima, disappointed. He asks an old friend living in Japan, who also owns a Chinese restaurant, for guidance and some distraction. Yoshino begins to lose himself and hope to piece back his life again.
-Schedule of Ningen-
SUN SEP 8, 6:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
TUE SEP 10, 6:15 p.m. at the Scotiabank 9
SUN SEP 15, 9:30 a.m. at the Scotiabank 10
R100, directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto
Takafumi Katayama (Nao Ohmori) works at a famous furniture shop, but one day he enrolls in a mysterious S&M club. Since then various types of beautiful women suddenly appear in his daily life and they take him into this bizarre world of fantasy and foreplay. However their behaviors gradually escalate, they come to his work place of work and even his home. He tries to cancel his offer, the club doesn’t accept it. While a bunch of unexpected incidents are arising, at the end what will happen to Takafumi?
The director, Hitoshi Matsumoto casted a wide variety of actors and actresses: Nao Ohmori, Mao Daichi, Shinobu Terajima, Hairi Katagiri, Ai Tominaga, etc. And he casted himself as a police officer in R100.
Official website: http://www.r-100.com/
-Schedule of R100-
THU SEP 12, 11:59 p.m. at the Ryerson Theatre
FRI SEP 13, 11:30 a.m. at the Scotiabank 9
SAT SEP 14, 9:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank 10
REAL, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
This film is based on the award-winning sci-fi and mystery novel “The Day of the Perfect Plesiosaur (完全なる首長竜の日)” written by Rokuro Inui in Japan. Actors Takeru Satoh and Haruka Ayase play main characters in the film. Kohichi Fujita (Takeru Satoh) and Atsumi Kazu (Haruka Ayase) have known each other since they were small children. And they are a couple at present. She who is a manga artist attempted commit suicide one year ago and has gone into a coma. Called “sensing,” the latest technique conducted by neurologist Dr. Eiko Aihara (Miki Nakatani), it allows Kohich entry into Atsumi’s subconscious mind in order to wake her and try to figure out why she tried to commit suicide.
Official website: http://www.real-kubinagaryu.jp/index.html
-Schedule of Real-
FRI SEP 6, 5:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank 13
THU SEP 12, 6:15 p.m. at the Scotiabank 3
SAT SEP 14, 11:45 a.m. at the Scotiabank 3
The Wind Rises(邦題: 風立ちぬ), directed by Hayao Miyazaki
This film is based on a serialized manga by Hayao Miyazaki in the Model Graphix of monthly magazine. An aircraft engineer, Jiro Horikoshi in the film existed in reality in 20th century. He is well known as a designer of the type zero carrier fighter plane. The main story represents during his teens to thirties. And he was voiced by Hideaki Anno, an animation director of Evangelion. The film’s heroine, Naoko Satomi is an original character who comes into Jiro’s life and changes it forever. They try to live in a worse situation such as an earthquake, recession, and a war in Japan.
Official website: http://kazetachinu.jp/
-Schedule of The Wind Rises-
WED SEP 11, 6:00 p.m. at the Visa Screening Room
THU SEP 12, 5:45 p.m. at the Ryerson Theatre
SUN SEP 15, 9:00 a.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
Unforgiven(邦題: 許されざる者), directed by Lee Sang-il
The Academy Award winner film directed and played Clint Eastwood was remade with Ken Watanabe staring. The setting of a film changed from the American Western to the Meiji period in North of Japan. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe) used to be a killer with a sword. After his wife died he swore not to kill anyone ever again, and without his bounties his life living with two children is made a little more difficult. One an old comrade, Jubei, hears about about a men who cut a women (Shiori Kutsuna) has a price on his head from Kingo Baba (Akira Emoto) in an army. Jubei decides to use a sword again for living with his children.
You can check out the official website: Here
-Schedule of Unforgiven –
FRI SEP 13, Visa Screening Room at 6:00 p.m.
SAT SEP 14, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 at 12:30 p.m.
SUN SEP 15 Scotiabank 2 at 5:00 p.m.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?(邦題: 地獄でなぜ悪い), directed by Sion Sono
The head of yakuza, Mutoh (Jun Kunimura) plans to make a film starring his daughter, Mitsuko (Fumi Nikaido) for his wife, Shizue (Tomochika) in a prison. He rents photographing equipment, hires a director, Kohji (Gen Hoshino) and starts to film. But Kohji is not a director and is just Mitsuko’s boyfriend. Kohji deceive into being a director and handling yakuza somehow even though he doesn’t know about filming at all. An excellent helper shows up. He is Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) who dreams to become a movie director. Hirata asks a head, Ikegami (Shinichi Tsutsumi) of antagonistic yakuza against Mutoh to be in the film.
Official website: http://play-in-hell.com/
-Schedule of Why Don’t You Play in Hell?-
FRI SEP 13 Ryerson Theatre 11:59 p.m.
SAT SEP 14 Scotiabank 1 3:45 p.m.