Tokyo International Film Fest

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the 20th tokyo international film festival
On Sunday, John, Keri, and I went to check out the closing day of the 20th Tokyo International Film Festival. Situated in the modern and re-vamped section of Roppongi Hills, the festival is the 9th largest film festival in the world. Spanning across ten days, the line-up included a number of Japanese films, Asian films, and other international movies. I wish I could've seen more of it, but I was glad to at least have been able to go this year.

The closing night film was a bit of a bust however. "Silk" directed by Francois Girard and starring Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt,  was about a French silk trader who travels to Japan and encounters a strange new world and a mysterious woman with whom he beocmes infatuated with.
the art and architecture is very hot right now in roppongi
The trader is then forced to make a choice between his wife waiting for him back in France and the new life that develops during his travels. The writing was rudimentary and the acting felt forced. I enjoyed Alfred Molina and the musical score by Ryuichi Sakamoto; the cinematography was also beauitful, however, as a film I would not recommend it, especially not as the closing night film of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Roppongi Hills is an interesting part of town. With a very clean cut, sharp, and modern feel, the high rises and modern architecture create a very Tokyo-urban atmosphere. I think this was a great place to have the festival. I had more fun walking around and exploring this neighborhood than I did actually sitting and watching the movie, which I think says something.
rcunderw says:
Ryuichi....awesome. Too bad the film didn't match his talents.
Posted on: Nov 24, 2007
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tokyo tower during the day
tokyo tower during the day
inside the toho cinemas
inside the toho cinemas
sleek, trendy, fashionable tokyo.
sleek, trendy, fashionable tokyo.
the man, ryuichi sakamoto
the man, ryuichi sakamoto
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