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The Toronto Japanese Film Festival in Hibiya

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is very proud to be presenting selections of our 2019 line-up – and some very special guests – at the gorgeous business and cultural complex TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA this October. Learn more at: Official website:

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SPECIAL GUESTS: THE DIRECTOR AND CAST OF THE USUKE BOYS

The festival is very excited to welcome award-winning director, writer, producer YUJI KAKIZAKI (Even in Another Life, These Times Won’t be Forgotten, The Second Security Unit) and cast members MASAYUKI DEAI (Takashi Miike’s First Love, 47 Ronin), YUKA TAKASHIMA (When … Continue reading

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ANNOUNCING OUR GRAND PRIZE AND AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS 2019

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of our Grand Jury Prize for Best Film and Kobayashi Audience Choice Award. The Kobayashi Audience Choice award went to Shinobu Yaguchi’s DANCE WITH ME which utterly charmed a … Continue reading

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YAHOO! JAPAN SHORTS SERIES

We are pleased to be partnering with Yahoo! Japan to introduce 5 short films by up-and-coming and very talented Japanese directors. Look for these films prior to selected screenings. Friday, June 7 Dancing in a Nursing Home (踊る!介護ブレイクダンサー) by Taiga … Continue reading

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SUPERSTAR TAKUMI SAITOH RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA’s LARGEST SHOWCASE OF JAPANESE CINEMA

The TJFF is thrilled to announce superstar actor and director TAKUMI SAITOH will be at the festival to introduce the North American premiere of his controversial new film A GAMBLER’S ODYSSEY 2020『麻雀放浪記2020』on Sunday, June 16. Directed by Kazuya Shiraishi  (Birds … Continue reading

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Shinobu Yaguchi and Miyoshi Ayaka bring the World Premiere of their new film to Toronto!

We are thrilled to announce another highlight of the festival: the WORLD PREMIERE of DANCE WITH ME, a delightful musical comedy from popular director Shinobu Yaguchi (Waterboys, Swing Girls, Wood Job!). Attending the screening are director Yaguchi and lead actress … Continue reading

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2019 TJFF ANNOUNCEMENT

THE SAMURAI – AND THE STARS – HEAD TO THE TORONTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2019  The samurai, of the cinematic variety, are set to descend on Toronto this summer. They are joined by reluctant sake brewers, yakuza assassins, tea ceremony … Continue reading

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TORONTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 AWARD WINNERS

  Daihachi Yoshida‘s The Scythian Lamb Takumi Saitoh‘s blank 13 Masato Harada for Sekigahara June 28th – at our closing night screening and reception – we announced the award winners for our 2018 edition. We thank all the great filmmakers … Continue reading

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2018 LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

GUESTS INCLUDE SOME OF JAPAN’S TOP ACTORS, DIRECTORS AND EVEN A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT! Some highlights of the 2018 Japanese Film Festival include: Japanese superstar actor and filmmaker TAKUMI SAITOH’s acclaimed feature directorial debut BLANK 13 makes its Canadian … Continue reading

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TORONTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT AND KOBAYASHI AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

TORONTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT AND KOBAYASHI AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD The Toronto Japanese Film Festival’s closing night brought out a beyond-capacity crowd of 560 to see the North American premiere of Yoshihiro Nakamura’s delightful MUMON – THE LAND OF … Continue reading

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