Vivian Hsu, Yoshino Kimura and the Tokyo International Film Fest 2010 Green Carpet Event

Yesterday was the opening of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2010.

My recent Pusan Film Fest-winning short film INHALATION (which Ming Jin produced) and Ming Jin's THE TIGER FACTORY (which I produced) are screening under the WINDS OF ASIA section.

Before the green carpet event, we took photos with Vivian Hsu.

With Vivian Hsu, before the Green Carpet event

With Vivian Hsu, before the Green Carpet event 2


I told her that I saw the short film, JULIET'S CHOICE, which she starred in at the Pusan International Film Festival (it was also under the Asian Short Film Competition). JULIET'S CHOICE was initially conceived as part of an omnibus called Juliets, and Juliets is also screening at the Tokyo International Film Fest.

We walked down the green carpet. The TRON 2 folks were in front of us.


Ming Jin at the Green Carpet Event (Tokyo Intl Film Fest 2010)


We walked past the two ambassadors of the festival, Yoshino Kimura (in black) and Anne (in orange). Anne is supposed to be the Green ambassador, I guess she's to promote the ecological theme that's been adopted by the film fest in the past few years.

Green Ambassador Anne and Film Fest Ambassador Yoshino Kimura

Green Ambassador Anne and Film Fest Ambassador Yoshino Kimura 2

Green Ambassador Anne and Film Fest Ambassador Yoshino Kimura 3


Director Leon Prudovsky from Israel.

Israeli director Leon Prudovksy


Photo call at the Green Carpet.


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Lots and lots of journalists


With Film Festival ambassador, actress Yoshino Kimura. She was sitting in front of us. Very classy lady. I told her she was great in SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO!

With Yoshino Kimura, Tokyo Intl Film Fest ambassador


(She was also more than a little surprised when I mentioned that I first saw her in a 1996 Jdrama called SHOTA NO SUSHI.)

The jury members were then introduced on stage.

Neil Jordan, president of the jury, addressing the audiences.


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After that, Jesse Eisenberg and Aaron Sorkin came in to present THE SOCIAL NETWORK, opening film of the festival. Director David Fincher couldn't make it cos he was shooting the THE GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO remake in Sweden.

Aaron Sorkin and Jesse Eisenberg