The 12th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival unspools November 12-16 and the schedule announced yesterday features more than 50 films from 14 countries. I have to admit that I’m not particularly knowledgeable about the breadth of Asian cinema, so I’ll need a little more time to research the lineup (and consult with my more well-versed colleagues), but one film I have heard something about is the Closing Night Gala. Tenten (Adrift in Tokyo) sounds like just the sort of off-kilter Japanese film I enjoy. Takemura, a “shambolic and wild-haired loser” takes a walk across Tokyo with a debt collector, creating what sounds like an intriguing take on the road movie (and the buddy picture as well).
I’ll be digging more into the program in the weeks to come, and will add to my picks here. If you’re going to Reel Asian, what looks good to you?