Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opens October 24 with Takahisa Zeze .’s post-war drama Fragments of the last willwhile Oliver Bill Hermanus’ to live, a reinterpretation of an Akira Kurosawa classic, will conclude on November 2.
Takahisa’s film, based on real events, tells the story of a Japanese prisoner of war, played by him, who fights to keep hope alive for himself and his fellow prisoners in a Siberian gulag after the defeat of his country in 1945. Fragments of the last will with Kazunari Ninomiya, former member of boy band Arashi.
to live is set in Britain in 1952, Kurosawa’s same year Ikiru, on which it is based, was released. Bill Nighy plays a staid bureaucrat who is inspired to change his life after receiving some shocking news.
“Life is the story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadowy existence, who, at the eleventh hour, makes a frantic effort to transform his dull life into something wonderful – one that he can say will last forever. the dots are lived. full,” said Shozo Ichiyama, TIFF program director.
With a screenplay by British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the film premiered at Sundance this year and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Japanese distribution is handled by Toho, who released the original, himself inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s novel.
TIFF moved from its old base in the Roppongi Hills Complex to the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Ginza area last year, where it will be settled again this year. The festival is adding two more theaters in the nearby Marunouchi district and is working more closely with local authorities and business organizations to deepen ties with the new home.
The TIFFCOM content market will be back online from October 25-27 this year.