The 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival took place from the 22th until the 31th of October in the great city of Tokyo. This ten day event is the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). It started in 1985 and since then it became one of the most important festival in the world. The festival offers the audience a great chance to see the very best film from around the world and bring them the best national productions.
Tokyo Grand Prix
Special Jury Prize
Award for Best Director
Award for Best Actress
Award for Best Actor
Award for Best Artistic Contribution
WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award
Asian Future Section
Best Asian Future Film Award
The Spirt of Asia Award (Japan Foundation Asia Center)
Japanese Cine Splash Section
Best Picture Award
For honoring their remarkable contributions to the Japanese film industry. We have launched this new award with the expectation that these five stalwarts of Japanese film will continue to be successful and make further contributions to the industry, as well as to increase their international recognition. We have called the award “ArigatŌ” because the word is recognized globally.
To filmmakers who continues to create groundbreaking films that carve out a path to a new era. Yoji Yamada and John Woo are the recipients of the award this year.
About Yoji Yamada
Joined Shochiku in 1954 as an assistant director. His directorial debut film is Nikai no Tanin (1961). His works includes “Tora-san” series, Where Spring Comes Late (1970), The Yellow Handkerchief (1977), The Twilight Samurai (2002), About Her Brother (2010), Tokyo Family (2013) and The Little House (2014). Received the Order of Culture in 2012. Haha to Kuraseba and Kazoku wa Tsuraiyo will be released shortly.
About John Woo
Woo started his career as an assistant director at famed Hong Kong studio Shaw Brothers before his directorial debut The Young Dragons in 1973. His film A Better Tomorrow (1986) launched his career as an action film director. Woo continued his success in Hollywood with Broken Arrow in 1996. He returned to Asia to make Red Cliff (2008). His other cutting-edge films include The Killer (1989), Hard Boiled (1992), Face/Off (1997) and Mission: Impossible II (2000) among others. In 2010, Woo was presented with a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival. His latest film, The Crossing (2014), is a romance spanning half a century of modern Chinese history.