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.







1. Directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro of Delicatessen, winnerof the Young Cinema Competition Tokyo Gold Grand-Prix. 2. DirectorNobuhiko Obayashi and original writer Jiro Akagawa of Chizuko's YoungerSister. 3. Director Takeshi Kitano talks about A Scene at the Sea atthe Competition screening. 4. From left, Patrick Dempsey, ChristianSlater, and Richard Grieco from Mobsters. 5. From left, Young Cinema Competition jury president Edward R. Pressman and Voyager director Volker Schlöndorff. 6. Actress Glenn Close attends a screening ofMeeting Venus.


International Competition Total number of applications: 168 films from 39 countries / regions

Tokyo Grand Prix - The Governor of Tokyo Award

City of Hope / Director: John Sayles

Special Jury Prize

A Brighter Summer Day / Director: Edward Yang

Special Jury Prize

The Spring Festival / Director: Huang Jian-chong

Best Director Award

Alan Parker / The Commitments

Best Actress Award

Zhao Li-rong / The Spring Festival

Best Actor Award

Otar Megvinetukhutsesi / Get Thee Hence

Best Artistic Contribution Award

Art Director: Iwao Saito & Director of Photography: Shohei Ando / Shimantogawa

Best Screenplay Award

Tim Metcalfe / Iron Maze

Young Cinema Competition Total number of applications: 146 films from 36 countries / regions

Tokyo Gold Prize - The Governor of Tokyo Award

Delicatessen / Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro

Tokyo Silver Prize

Five Girls and a Rope / Director: Yeh Hung-wei

Tokyo Bronze Prize

Proof / Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse

Tokyo Bronze Prize

Heaven or Hell / Director: Wolfgang Murnberger

Tokyo Bronze Prize

The Last Harvest / Director: Miguel Pereira

Special Achievement Award

Director: Satyajit Ray



A Brighter Summer Day / Director: Edward Yang


International Competition

President of the Jury

Lewis Gilbert (Director)


Andrei S. Plakhov (Film Critic)

Nathalie Baye (Actress)

Xie Jin (Director)

Pierre Spengler (Producer)

James Clark (Film Editor)

Yukichi Shinada (Film Critic)

Young Cinema Competition

President of the Jury

Edward R. Pressman (Producer)


Gianni Rondolino (Professor / Film Critic)

Christine Hakim (Actress)

Peter Hewitt (Director)

Takeo Kimura (Art Director)

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