Tokyo Fest to Host Zoom Talks with Hirokazu Kore-eda, Top Asian Auteurs

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Patrick Brzeski on October 22, 2020.

The upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival, kicking off October 31, will host a new panel discussion series featuring some of Asia’s most accomplished arthouse filmmakers.

Dubbed the “Asia Lounge,” the program was proposed and co-organized by Palme d’Or winning Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters). The series will pair selected directors for an hour and half-long conversation about their craft, industry trends and the impact of COVID-19 on the film business.

Some of the directors confirmed to take part are Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin), Thai Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa (recent winner of the Venice Silver Lion for Wife of a Spy), rising Korean director Kim Bora (House of Hummingbird) and Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-liang (Stray Dog), among many others. …

THR 10/22

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