The Seventh Toronto Japanese Film Festival Opens


Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito gives remarks at the opening of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF).


On June 7, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF) opened at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. The TJFF is the largest Japanese film festival in North America and is welcoming its seventh year. It will be screening a total of 29 films this year, and celebrated directors and actors from Japan will be making appearances as guests. The festival opened with the Canadian premiere of Director Takashi Yamazaki’s Destiny – The Tale of Kamakura. A video message from Mr. Yamazaki, who came to the Festival last year, was screened before the film. This year’s TJFF is an official commemorative event of the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada relations.

Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito said in her opening remarks that there is no better way than film to learn about Japanese culture, and therefore a Japanese film festival of this scale held in Toronto every year is significantly meaningful.

 

 
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Executive Director and TJFF Festival Director James Heron
with TJFF Co-Programmer Aki Takabatake.


TJFF Board Member Christ Hope.


A video message from Mr. Takashi Yamazaki who directed the opening film.


The theatre was filled with more than 500 people who had been looking forward to the Festival.


The TJFF posters
 

This year’s TJFF is an official commemorative event of the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations.