TIFF opened in Roppongi Hi l ls and closed in Bunkamura. Beginning this year, Tokyo Grand Prix, given to the most outstanding film in the Competition section, was renamed Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix in recognition of the symbolic role which cherry blossoms play in Japanese culture.
The f i lm fest ival opened wi th Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles and closed with RIKIDOZAN, both films a result of collaboration among multiple Asian nations. These and other films at TIFF reflected the increased exchange of people and ideas among these countries.
In addi t ion to a focus on the business side of filmmaking, market-related programs centered on TIFFCOM featured AKIHABARA ENTA-MATSURI held in the district of Akihabara, a global Mecca of animation and games.
TIFF seeks to act as a mirror of developments in the film industry and at the same time provides illumination of its own. This year’s event showed that works that originate in Japan, particularly non-cinema entertainment content such as animation, comics, and games, have influenced an entire generation of filmmakers whose works have proved greatly popular and have in turn influenced movie people around the world.
The number of movie theaters in Shibuya was 21 in 2005. With the opening of more mini-theaters in the area, the number of theaters increased to 25 in 2006.





1. Tommy Lee Jones, star and director of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. 2. Actress Aya Ueto (right) appears alongside director Terry Gilliam in support of The Brothers Grimm. 3. Director Zhang Yimou (left) and actor Ken Takakura at a screening of their Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles. 4. Cast and crew members from What the Snow Brings, the first Competition film to win in four categories. From left: actors Kazue Fukiishi, Kyoko Koizumi, Yusuke Iseya, and Koichi Sato (winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role), with director Kichitaro Negishi (winner for Best Director). 5. Nick Park (left), co-director of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, presents animator Hayao Miyazaki with a clay sculpture in his image at a special talk show.


Competition Total number of applications: 586 films from 65 countries / regions

Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix - The Governor of Tokyo Award

What the Snow Brings / Director: Kichitaro Negishi

Special Jury Prize

Conversations with Other Women / Director: Hans Canosa

Best Director Award

Kichitaro Negishi / What the Snow Brings

Best Actress Award

Helena Bonham Carter / Conversations with Other Women

Best Actress Award

Jin Ya-qin / You and Me

Best Actor Award

Koichi Sato / What the Snow Brings

Best Artistic Contribution Award

Loach is Fish Too / Director: Yang Ya-zhou

Audience Award

What the Snow Brings / Director: Kichitaro Negishi

Winds of Asia

Best Asian Film Award

Sepet (Slit Eyes) / Director: Yasmin Ahmad

Special Mention

Be with Me / Director: Eric Khoo

Japanese Eyes

Best Picture Award

Who's Camus Anyway? / Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi

Special Award

Ski Jumping Pairs -Road to TORINO 2006 (Planning team of "Ski Jumping Pairs")

Akira Kurosawa Award

Akira Kurosawa Award

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien



President of the Jury

Zhang Yimou (Director)


Kaori Momoi (Actress)

Ronald Holloway (Film Critic)

Koji Suzuki (Writer)

Barrie M. Osborne (Producer)

Gary Foster (Producer)

Winds of Asia Asian Film Award


Kenji Ishizaka (Film Coordinator

Tamaki Matsuoka (Asian Film Researcher)

Jun Edoki (Film Critic)

Japanese Eyes


Hiroo Otaka (Journalist)

Tsuzuse Inagaki (Film Critic)

Mark Schiling (Journalist

Akira Kurosawa Award

President of the Jury

Yukichi Shinada (Film Critic)


Yoji Yamada (Director)

Kazuko Kurosawa (Costume Designer)

Masato Hara (TIFF Asistant Chairman)

Tsuguhiko Kadokawa (TIFF Chairman)

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