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Japan is back. After the horrifying earthquake and tsu- nami disaster of March 11, 2011, the industry is back on its feet. Admissions are up to 2010 levels and at Cannes this year, new films by Takashi Miike and Koji Waka- matsu screen in official selection, while titles big and small are offered in the market. Film-makers nonetheless continue to tackle the dis-


aster in their work. Sion Sono’s Himizu was the first fictional feature to include themes from 3/11, as that dark day is dubbed in Japan, and Sono explores the after-effects of a nuclear-plant explosion in his keenly awaited new movie The Land Of Hope — sold by Pic- tures Dept in Cannes. Yoji Yamada is another master who has incorporated elements of the tragedy in his new screenplay Tokyo Family.


Screen is proud to be partnered with the Tokyo


International Film Festival (TIFF) in this special Japan supplement heralding the new cinema emerging from the country, while also celebrating TIFF which will host its 25th festival this October. TIFF started in 1985 as a biennial festival, becom-


ing annual from 1991, and our photo spreads on pages 6-9 show exactly how much the event has expanded along with the level of talent. Last year’s key winner Intouchables from France has become one of this year’s most talked about films. Screen correspondent Jason Gray has written the


supplement, and his main theme is that Japan is back to business — as are its film-makers. Mike Goodridge, editor


2 NEW BEGINNINGS With many scripts reworked to reflect the impact of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown of March 2011, Japanese cinema has changed in the wake of those events


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4 MASTER OF REINVENTION TIFF chairman Tom Yoda has worked hard to strengthen the festival’s international competition and profile


6THE STORIES OF TOKYO The stars have shone at all 24 editions of TIFF


10TIFFCOM’SNEW HOME Content market TIFFCOM has moved to a new venue to make room for rising visitor numbers and extra sections and events


13 CLASS OF 2012 From controversial political biopics to manga adaptations and a 3D reboot of Ring, Japan has several promising new titles in official selection and in the market


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