Tokyo international film festival opens

The Tokyo International Film Festival has opened with strict measures against the pandemic for a second year in a row. A competition among films, which was canceled in 2020, returns this year.

The 34th festival kicked off on Saturday with a red carpet event that was closed to the public.

During the opening ceremony, actor Hashimoto Ai, who serves as the festival ambassador, discussed the theme of this year's festival, "transcending borders."

She said that various borders exist in the world in areas such as gender and culture. But she said that cinema can nurture awareness and sensitivity to accept the differences and transcend them.

A total of 15 films from around the world were selected to compete for the festival's Grand Prix.

Two Japanese films are among them -- "Just Remembering" by director Matsui Daigo and "Third Time Lucky" by director Nohara Tadashi.

The festival runs till November 8 and features126 films.