Toronto Japanese Film Festival Presents 10th Anniversary Events June 5-27

The 10th Toronto Japanese Film Festival kicks off on June 5 and runs through June 27 of this year, with a programming of 24 films, including North American and Canadian premieres.

Among the big premieres of TJFF 2021, the festival will screen the historical drama of Hiroki Kadokawa, Mio’s cookbook, the boxing epic of Keisuke Yoshida, Blue, the period drama by Katsuhide Motoki, angry rice women, and that of Shuichi Okita Ora, Ora be alone.

Presented this year as a hybrid festival, with online screenings in June, followed by some in-person screenings in October at Kobayashi Hall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center, the festival is recognized as one of the largest of its kind in the world, bringing together Japanese films to international audiences.

This year, TJFF will feature the work of a number of top Japanese female directors, as well as documentaries, cartoons, LGBTQ romance, comedy, action and more.

Featured film directors at the festival include Akiko Ohku Hold me back, which won the Audience Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. As well as that of Miwa Nishikawa Under the open sky, starring Koji Yakusho in Best Career Performance; that of Naomi Kawase Real mothers, the Japanese Oscar candidate; and the historical fantasy of Hitomi Kuroki, The devil wears a Ju-Ni Hitoe kimono.

Other flagship films of the festival include that of director Michihito Fujii A family, an intense detective drama immersing itself in the life of the Yakuza. angry rice women is based on the historical events that led a group of regular housewives to rise up in 1918. And in Kiyoshi Kurosawa The wife of a spy, a murderous and heartbreaking journey animates this intense thriller set in the 1940s.

This year’s Festival Jury Grand Prize will be awarded to the best film of the festival with a cash prize of 100,000 Japanese Yen, while the Kobayashi Audience Choice Award will be awarded to the fan favorite. Previous Grand Jury winners include Voices in the wind, Born of bones, Scythian lamb, and In this corner of the world.

Individual tickets for the festival are available now on the TJFF website for $ 9.99. Visit for more information on the festival, the prizes and the jury, and the history of the festival.

Watch trailers for this year’s films at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center Youtube channel.

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Marie A. Evans