The Concierge’ and ‘Komada: A Whisky Family Anime’ at Tokyo Int’l Film Fest

(Last Updated On: September 20, 2023)

On Tuesday, the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled its exciting lineup, featuring a captivating selection of anime films set to grace the screens. Among these, we have the eagerly anticipated anime movies, “The Concierge” (Hokkyoku Hyakkaten no Concierge-san), and “Komada – A Whisky Family,” scheduled to enchant audiences in the Animation section throughout the festival, running from October 23 to November 1.

Alongside these new releases, movie enthusiasts can also indulge in the previously showcased anime gems, “Blue Giant” and “Lonely Castle in the Mirror.” Furthermore, the Animation section will enchant filmgoers with a diverse array of international animated films.

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  • Art College 1994 by Liu Jian (2023, China)
  • Chicken for Linda! by Chiara Malta, Sébastien
  • Laudenbach (2023, France)
  • Tony, Shelly, and the Magic Light by Filip Pošivač (2023, Czech Republic/Slovakia/Hungary)
  • Robot Dreams by Pablo Berger (2023, Spain/France)
  • Deep Sea by Tian Xiaopeng (2023, China)

Inaugurating its “revamped” Animation section this year, the festival has bid adieu to its former “Japanese Animation” category, which exclusively showcased Japanese cinematic gems.

Within the International Film Festivals and Directors retrospective segment of the Animation section, cinephiles can anticipate screenings of anime masterpieces such as “In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World,” “Lu over the wall,” and “ON-GAKU: Our Sound.”

Scheduled for release in Japan on October 20, “The Concierge” will soon grace the silver screen, followed by “Komada – A Whisky Family” on November 10.

A Whisky Family Anime

“Blue Giant” made its Japanese debut on February 17, achieving an impressive opening weekend haul of 116,561,020 yen (approximately US$867,600). North American audiences can catch this cinematic marvel in select theaters on October 8-9, while the North American premiere, featuring composer Hiromi Uehara, will be hosted by the Japan Society in New York on October 6.

“Lonely Castle in the Mirror” illuminated Japanese theaters in December 2022. It captivated audiences at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on February 2, where director Keiichi Hara graced the event. The U.S. premiere unfolded at the New York International Children’s Film Festival in March. GKIDS treated North American viewers to the film, offering both Japanese with English subtitles and an English-dubbed version in select theaters on June 21-22.

Notable accolades adorn some of these cinematic gems: “Lu over the wall,” crafted by Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU, clinched the prestigious “Cristal for a Feature Film” award, while Sunao Katabuchi and MAPPA’s 2016 masterpiece, “In This Corner of the World,” secured the Jury Award in the Feature Film category at the 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Kenji Iwaisawa’s “ON-GAKU: Our Sound” film earned the coveted Best Original Music Award for a Feature Film at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival Special Awards Ceremony.

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Mark your calendars for the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival, set to enchant audiences in the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Marunouchi-Ginza area from October 23 to November 1.


Source: Press release

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An anime lover who loves to explore the business and analytical side of the anime/manga industry. I write the detailed and reseach based topic on the Animeindia website.

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