"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
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National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Video Message by Prime Minister Kishida at the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival

[Date] October 24, 2023
[Source] Cabinet Public Affairs Office, Cabinet Secretariat
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

Hello, everyone. I am Kishida Fumio, prime minister of Japan. Today, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to those involved in organizing the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Another fine selection of films has been assembled this year. Movies are works of art to be enjoyed by fans across all generations, reflecting the creativity of those actively involved in film production.

This year's Tokyo International Film Festival will host a special event to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Japanese filmmaker and world-famous creative pioneer Ozu Yasujiro.

In addition, I have been informed that the famous and accomplished director Wim Wenders, who is a great fan of Ozu's films, will be serving as Jury President. Mr. Wenders directed Perfect Days, a film for which Yakusho Koji won an award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year, and his deep knowledge of Japan makes him well-suited for this role.

I am overjoyed to see so many exciting film projects and events, along with filmmakers from around the globe gathering here in Tokyo for a film festival showcasing the wonder of Japanese culture and art in front of the rest of the world.

In January, I sat down with Italian Prime Minister Meloni to discuss support for filmmaking practices in both nations, and we agreed to cooperate in film co-production. As a result, both countries signed the "Japan-Italy Film Co-production Agreement" in June of this year.

To celebrate the formation of this agreement, a special event for Italian film directors will be held at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival. I sincerely hope this event serves as an opportunity for attendees to make connections and participate in lively discussions over the fascinating films and amidst this rich culture.

Lastly, I extend my best wishes for the success of this Tokyo International Film Festival and the success of everyone participating. Thank you.