TIFFCOM: Hot Japanese Titles at the Tokyo Film Market

Variety | 10/23/2018 | Mark Schilling
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The TIFFCOM market, a sales event adjacent to the Tokyo International Film Festival, always includes the latest film launches from Japan. This year the selection is especially varied and rich. Arranged by sales company, highlights include:

“Chiwawa”

Ken - Ninomiya - Mystery - Instagram - Star

Scripted and directed by Ken Ninomiya, this mystery about a 20-year-old Instagram star who ends up dead in Tokyo Bay, is based on a popular comic. It features a cast that includes the internationally known Chiaki Kuriyama (“Kill Bill”) and Tadanobu Asano (“The Third Murder”).

“Hard-Core”

Festival - Favorite - Nobuhiro - Yamashita - Linda

Festival favorite, Nobuhiro Yamashita (“Linda, Linda, Linda”) has adapted a cult hit comic about a pair of misfits who are inseparable friends. They encounter a retro-looking robot with astonishing powers, and together embark on a bizarre hunt for long-buried treasure.

“The Antique: Secret of the Old Books”

Yukiko - Mishima - Director - Drama - Dear

Yukiko Mishima, director of the acclaimed 2017 drama “Dear Etranger,” has returned with a literary mystery, based on En Mikami’s best-selling novel. A beautiful young bookstore owner with incredible expertise impresses a man who is selling a rare book belonging to his grandmother. He begins working at the store – and joins her in a battle with a menacing customer who has threatened and injured her. Haru Kuroki (“The Little House”) stars as the owner.

“How Do You Play?”

Masaaki - Ito - Adaptation - Story - Comedy

Masaaki Ito’s adaptation of an original story by veteran comedy writer and director Kankuro Kudo (“Too Young to Die”) involves the filming of a suspense drama. When reshoots are suddenly ordered, instead of rounding up the lead detective’s missing co-star, the film’s makers decide to cast various available actors in the part. Chaos and comedy ensues.

“The Miracle of Crybay Shottan”

Indie - Stalwart - Toshiaki - Toyoda - Signature

Indie stalwart, Toshiaki Toyoda has put aside his signature violence and surrealism to direct a biopic of a young Japanese chess prodigy who fails to enter the pro ranks, but who makes a miraculous comeback on the verge of...
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