Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an appearance at the opening of the opening of the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival on Thursday and talked about the potential boost the movie industry could give the country towards economic revival. The prime minister said that the content industry, especially including films and movies, will play a crucial role in the nation’s economic rise.
“There is great potential for the Japanese film industry and we welcome talented people who will play a central role,” said Abe, speaking at opening ceremonies at the glitzy Roppongi Hills complex, which again serves as the hub of the nine-day event and its primary film screening venue. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, also expressed the significance of government support for the film industry. “Japanese films have been receiving attention and high acclaim internationally,” said the minister. “And METI is promoting the ‘Cool Japan’ strategy to showcase Japan to the world. Our job is to revive our economy by working in unity to aim for a Japan full of hope.”
There is a veritable hodgepodge of films both local and international lined up for the nine-day stretch of the festival. There are the 15 entries competing for the “Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix” prize which includes six world premieres – Koji Fukada’s coming-of-age drama Au revoir l’ été, Behnam Behzadi’s story of generational struggles in Iran with Bending the Rules, and Ning Ying’s To Live and Die in Ordos, a Chinese drama in which a writer seeks information on a policeman who died in Inner Mongolia.
Kicking off festival under the “Special Screenings” section was Captain Phillips, the action-thriller by Paul Greengrass that stars Tom Hanks. The section is also highlighted by The Bling Ring, the latest film by Sofia Coppola, and Beyond the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s biography of Liberace. Closing the fest will be Koki Mitani’s historical comedy The Kiyosu Conference.
[via Tokyo Reporter]
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