In his opening message for Wednesday’s Asian Film Awards, Tokyo International Film Festival chairman Ando Hiroyasu quoted “Macbeth
”: “The night is long that never finds the day.”
Whereas the Afa event was held online, for Tokyo, it seems that dawn has already arrived. Despite initial concerns, this year’s festival will play to cinemas operating at full capacity, after Japan
’s government relaxed its Covid-19 guidelines.
Ando isn’t taking anything for granted, though. “I’m just hoping we can make it through the next week without any problems,” he says.
Due to the difficulties of convening an international jury this year, the festival’s three main competition sections have been merged into a single category. Ando introduced a selection committee to pick the films, and there will be just one prize, the Audience Award.
“One of our goals this year is to encourage lots of people to go to the cinema,