Japan’s indies – hope or hopeless?

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.

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Phil Smy

I am currently a student in the Raindance Film Degree Masters program. This site comes from the research I am doing as I learn more about film production and distribution.

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