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Three Japanese Films Selected for Tokyo Festival Competition

Three Japanese films have been selected for the main competition of the upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival. It is the first time in over a decade that so many local films have made it into competition.

“Foujita,” Kohei Uguri’s biopic of artist Tsuguhuru Foujita; Koji Fukada’s post nuclear drama “Sayonara”; and Yoshihiro Nakamura’s “The Inerasable” will all compete for the main awards.

The full selection will be unveiled on Sept. 29. The festival unspools Oct. 22-31 in Roppongi and other areas around the Japanese capital.

“The quality seen in recent Japanese films is extremely rich and on par with those seen in international cinema. The momentum in today’s Japanese films will be reflected in this year’s selection,” said the festival’s programming director Yoshi Yatabe.

“An auteur, a hit-maker, and a stellar up-and-coming talent. By mixing three different types of directors, we wanted to showcase the strength and diversity we see in today’s Japanese cinema,” said Yatabe.

“Kohei Oguri has brought to the screen his uncompromising aesthetic in his newest film “Foujita” delivering yet another masterful work of art. Yoshihiro Nakamura achieves new heights in horror with “Inerasable”. Koji Fukada delivers something we have never seen in Japanese film with “Sayonara,” and we are confident he will be at the top of the list as a one-to-watch among the next generation of directors.”

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The festival will also present a focus on director Masato Harada within its Japan Now section.

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