Clint Eastwood’s film opens 34th Tokyo International Hybrid Film Festival



CLINT Eastwood’s movie crying macho this year opens the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on October 30. Neo-Western drama to make Japanese premiere while celebrating Mr. Eastwood’s 50th birthdaye year as a filmmaker.

The film tells the story of a former rodeo star and failed horse breeder who takes a job bringing a young boy back to Texas and away from his alcoholic mother. Along the way, the weary rider of the world finds his own sense of redemption by teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.

Mr. Eastwood directed, acted and produced the film.

Meanwhile, the film adaptation of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen will close the festival on November 8. Stephen Chbosky’s film follows the coming-of-age story of the main character who, in the hopes of belonging somewhere, concocts a heartbreaking but compassionate lie. Ben Platt, who played Evan Hansen in the Broadway musical, reprizes the role in the film.

TIFF, considered one of Asia’s most prestigious film festivals, will use hybrid programming for its 34e year – a format introduced at last year’s festival in response to health and safety restrictions needed to deal with the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Last year’s TIFF proved that a meaningful film festival can be held under the various restrictions of COVID-19. And now TIFF is about to undergo a major transformation. I hope I can make full use of my experience and knowledge and contribute to this transformation, ”said Shozo Ichiyama, director of the festival’s programming in a statement.

This year, the festival will host physical screenings at theaters in Tokyo’s Hibiya-Yurakucho-Ginza district, a change from its longtime venue in Roponggi.

The festival will also be held concurrently with the Tokyo Filmex, a 21-year-old international film festival that focuses on new independent feature films from Asia. Filmex will also be held in Hibiya and, according to TIFF, the proximity of the two festivals “will make it easier for the public to watch films”.

The Tokyo International Film Festival runs from October 30 to November 8. For more information visit


Darcy J. Skinner

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