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Monday, 29th October 2012
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Tokyo International Film Festival makes for great viewing

The annual Tokyo International Film Festival in Roppongi Hills proved a roaring success this year, with a rich variety of films from across the world proving popular with judges at the event.

Now in its 25th year, the nine-day festival saw film-enthusiasts and industry-insiders descend on the Japanese capital for a veritable feast of cinematic proportions.

A panel of experts, including Academy Award winning producer Roger Corman, governed proceedings, with movies from across the globe grabbing the attention of the assembled critics.

Chief among these was the Lorraine Levy's drama "The Other Son" which claimed the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix award at the closing ceremony for the festival.

Elsewhere, Kang Yi Kwan's "Juvenile Offender" claimed the second place Special Jury Prize, with the star Seo Young Ju claiming the best actor award.

Other highlights at the gala event saw Neslihan Atagul claim the best actress prize for her role in "Araf — Somewhere in Between" while the Tetsuaki Matsui's "Flashback Memories 3D" documentary claimed the Audience Award.

Speaking to the Japan Times, Corman said: "All the films were excellent films that demonstrate the power and glory of cinema."

Posted by Graham McPherson

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