by Chris MaGee
I'm still looking at the next couple few months and debating what other film festival to attend besides Frankfurt's Nippon Connection in April of 2010. One of the frontrunners is TOKYO FILMeX running from November 21st to November 29th in... well, Tokyo of course. I've had a number of friends tell me what a great fest it is and how even though it's celebrating a decade in business it's still relatively small and friendly for visitors. Friendly is always a selling point for me, but one huge selling point for this year's TOKYO FILMeX is their special programme featuring the films modernist films produced by Shochiku in the 1930's. Titled "Nippon Modern" the programme screening at the Tôgeki Cinema will feature English-subtitled prints of classic films by the likes of Yasujiro Shimazu and Hiromasa Nomura.
Check out a clip from Shimazu's 1937 film "Three Fiancé Crows" below, and thanks to Jason Gray for the heads up on this.