Taiwan will once again be in the spotlight at the upcoming 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). Several Taiwan films, including "Soul,” the country's submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, blockbuster comedy "Zone Pro Site,” biopic'27℃ Loaf Rocks,'romantic flick "Together” and "Takao Dancer,” a collaboration by filmmakers from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. The digitally restored version of "The Sandwich Man,” a classic work of Taiwanese veteran director Hou Hsiao-hsien, will also be screened at the TIFF, which will run from Oct. 17 to 25.
Taiwan made its debut at the 18th Tokyo festival and was introduced in a special program. The program known as "Renaissance of Taiwanese Cinema” was again held at the 23rd festival. And in recent years Taiwanese films such as "You Are the Apple of My Eye” and "Touch of the Light” were exceptionally well-received at the festival. In turn, their enthusiastic reception at the film festival led to plans for their official releases in Japan; the former began showing in Japanese cinemas last month while the latter is slated for a February 2014 release.
This year, the Ministry of Culture's overseas office in Tokyo and the festival organizer will jointly host the "2013 Renaissance of Taiwanese Cinema” program. The special program will be part of the World Focus section, introducing the changes and development of Taiwan's film industry with classic works such as "The Sandwich Man” and films produced by new directors such as Chung Mong-hong.
Taiwanese directors and producers of the films screened at the 2013 TIFF will also hold Q&A sessions and attend a joint symposium on Oct. 23.
'Soul' / 失魂
'Zone Pro Site' / 總舖師
'27℃ Loaf Rocks' / 世界第一麥方
'Together' / 甜秘密
'Takao Dancer' / 打狗舞
'The Sandwich Man' /兒子的大玩偶