The world was marked by the reorganization of some notable national boundaries this year. In the International Competition section, a film directed by Rajko Grlic of Yugoslavia made its second consecutive appearance, and the director himself attended the festival. Prominent film critic Andrei Plakhov from the Soviet Union was one of the jury members for the International Competition, while The Flying Dutchman from the same country was entered in the Young Cinema Competition. It was later in the year that the Soviet Union disintegrated, and the Tokyo International Film Festival, in retrospect, was a reflection of such turbulent times.
With the cooperation of the Cannes Film Festival, TIFF scheduled the Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard program to further cooperation and exchange among film festivals. For Symposium on New Image Industry Utilizing High-Definition, David Puttnam, Peter Greenaway, Wim Wenders, and Akira Kurosawa presented thei r views on possibi l i t ies for new modes of visual expression. In the collaborative Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival, special screenings were held in memory of Jacques Demy, who died the previous year.