The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is excited to announce this year’s Opening and Closing Films.
Perfect Days, from legendary German filmmaker, writer and photographer Wim Wenders, will open the 36th TIFF. Leading actor YAKUSHO Koji was honored with the Best Actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his role in the film, and Wenders praised him as his own RYU Chishu, star of Tokyo Story, the masterpiece by world-renowned director OZU Yasujiro. This is an immensely exciting occasion for TIFF, as it allows us to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ozu’s birth with Wim Wenders, one of his biggest fans, in Tokyo. Wenders is serving as the Jury President of this year’s edition, and will present the Asian Premiere of Perfect Days. We expect to see a new chapter of film history unfold.
The TIFF Closing Film will be the hotly anticipated Godzilla Minus One, directed and written by YAMAZAKI Takashi, who also supervised the visual effects. Since its first appearance in 1954, Godzilla has captivated the world beyond Japan, continuing to astonish new and existing generations of filmgoers. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the monster, Godzilla Minus One will roar as the closing film of TIFF.
We hope you’ll enjoy these two films, and many others, at this year’s film festival.
Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: YAKUSHO Koji, EMOTO Tokio, NAKANO Arisa, Aoi Yamada, ASO Yumi, ISHIKAWA Sayuri, TANAKA Min, MIURA Tomokazu
Release Date (Japan): December 22, 2023
Distribution (Japan): Bitters End, Inc.
Hirayama seems utterly content with his simple life as a cleaner of toilets in Tokyo. Outside of his very structured everyday routine, he enjoys his passion for music and for books. And he loves trees and takes photos of them. A series of unexpected encounters gradually reveal more of his past. A deeply moving and poetic reflection on finding beauty in the everyday world around us.
Director/Screenplay/VFX: Yamazaki Takashi
Release Date (Japan): November 3, 2023
Distribution (Japan): Toho Co., LTD.
The worst despair in the 70-year-old series’ history strikes Japan!
After the war, Japan has been reduced to zero. Godzilla appears and plunges the country into a negative state. Against the most desperate situation in the history of Japan, how — and with whom —will Japan stand up to it?