Attempting to outshine its better known Asian fest rival in Pusan, South Korea, the Tokyo FilmEx will feature nine films in its competition, including eight debut features by up-and-coming Asian directors, such as Djamshed Usmonov from Tajikistan. Event’s skedded to run Dec 1-8.
Thailand is represented by two entries (including Danny Pang’s “Nothing to Lose,” his first pic without his brother’s input). So is Japan, with works from Yusuke Iseya and Miwa Nishikawa. Other entries vying for the top award of $8,200 come from South Korea, China, Taiwan and Iran.
This year’s five-person jury will be chaired by Korean thesp Ahn Sung-ki (“White Badge,” “Last Witness,” “Musa — The Warrior”) and includes Hong Kong’s leading woman director, Ann Hui, and French film critic Jean-Michel Frodon.
Twelve special screenings, among them opening film Alexander Sokurov’s “Russian Ark” (featured in Cannes competition) and the closing feature Otar Iosseliani’s “Monday Morning” (Silver Bear in Berlin) complement the arthouse-oriented program.