Tokyo’s top cinematic extravaganza is returning for its 30th edition and will again shine the spotlight on an eclectic – some would even say random – selection of movies. It usually offers a decent opportunity to catch new films that have been doing the rounds on the festival circuit, and also provides a rare chance to see fresh Japanese and foreign-language cinema with English subtitles.
In 2017, TIFF will again highlight anime in a big way, zooming in on director Keiichi Hara's oeuvre in the Animation Focus category, while the Japan Now section will be dedicated to four 'muses of Japanese cinema': actresses Sakura Ando, Yu Aoi, Hikari Mitsushima and Aoi Miyazaki. The anniversary edition is also set to feature two special screenings of the original Godzilla (1954), with the Tokyo Philharmonic performing Akira Ifukube's iconic soundtrack in its entirety during the movie. The competition programme can be viewed here.