The Tokyo International Film Festival is on right now, and the inimitable Takeshi Kitano spoke out – as he does.
Takeshi is a superstar here in Japan – where he is known by everyone (literally!) as a comedian and talk show panelist. He is not so known as a serious actor and even less known as a film educator. But he is very outspoken about pretty much everything and at TIFF he went after Japan’s feudal film business. Joining him – and equally putting the boot in – were Vancouver FF programmer Tom Raynes and Cannes panelist Christian Jeune.
All 3 painted a gloomy picture for indie’s in Japan. Japan’s film industry is a bit of a stagnant pool at the higher levels and a floundering mess at the lower levels.
But, Takeshi hits it on the head – I feel – and points out that it is up to the filmmakers to change things.
It’s exciting reading for those of us over here.