Celebrating the stars and the films at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival! Satoshi Tsumabuki, Godzilla, Mitsuki Takahata & Makoto Shinkai get ‘Arigato’ awards!

A lot of buzz in this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival. Aside from the appearance of Meryl Streep and major stars from Asia, the festival is celebrating its 29th edition this year.


We previously posted a few excellent Japanese movies that deal with youth, a slice of life drama.

This time we join the film festival community in celebrating the winners of the Arigato award (its second edition only).

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) today announced that it has selected four recipients for its 2nd ARIGATŌ (Thank You) Award, honoring remarkable contributions to the Japanese film industry. Through this award, TIFF expects these four stalwarts of Japanese film to continue their successful careers and to make further contributions to the industry, as well as to increase their international recognition. We have called the award “Arigato” because the word is recognized globally. The ARIGATŌ Award Ceremony will be held on November 3 during the TIFF Closing Ceremony. [ read more ]

Satoshi Tsumabuki has come a long way since he competed with thousands of aspiring actors for the leading role in Waterboys. Fast forward, he’s now the dramatic actor that many would like to emulate. While many might argue that it’s Ryuhei Matsuda or Eita (or yes, maybe even more Shun Oguri!) that should represent his generation, but I think Tsumabuki it is!

Makoto Shinkai is, arguably, the most celebrated Japanese anime filmmaker today. Aside from the massive box office success of Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name), his recognition is long overdue. He has done less than ten films to date, so there’s a lot more to come! Says the filmmaker:

I wanted to deliver Kimi no Na wa to those who hadn’t heard of me. That was my priority. There are people who knew about me, but there are so many out there that had no idea who I was. So, through this film, I would like those people to know my name and also to realize new refreshing ways to express yourself. Then, those people will hopefully experience the excitement that you get from animation. [ source ]

Mitsuki Takahata is the breakthrough actress of 2015 or even earlier as she takes on such diverse roles in both TV and movies. From a bitchy, yet misunderstood Restaurant staff in Monda no Aru restaurant to the kind tutor in The Vancouver Asahi to her leading role in NHK’s Totone Chan.

Japan’s iconic and beloved monster Godzilla is also recognized. 

Last year, the winners of the Arigato Awards were Lily Franky, Akihiro Hino, Suzu Hirose, Mamoru Hosoda and Kirin Kiki.


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