The 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival has just been concluded recognizing films that was well received by known Japanese critics and now the largest film festival in Asia has collected the 24th set of excellent films from around the world.

The 24th Tokyo International Film Festival is divided into 4 parts. The main competition which awards like Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, Special Jury Prize, Best Director..etc will be given. Next is the Toyota Earth Grand Prix which was established on the 21st TIFF to honor the superb work that explores the themes, environment and ecology. Another is the Winds of Asia-Middle East which aims to assist the development of Asian cinema. And lastly, “Japanese Eyes” – the award given for cinema excellence.

For the list of winners and information about these films just read on!

Tokyo SAKURA Grandprix Winner

Directed by Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache

A true story of a rich man paralyzed from the neck down in an accident, and a young black man chosen as his caregiver.

Special Jury Prize
Trespassers[ The Woodsman and the Rain ]
Directed by Shuichi Okita


A lumberjack Katsu, lives in the mountains. When a film crew suddenly arrives to shoot a zombie movie, he finds himself roped into assisting them and frustrated by the pushy crew, including the young spineless Koichi. As it turns out, he’s the twenty-five-year-old rookie director, struggling to handle the pressures and teetering on the verge of a nervous breakdown. As an improbable friendship develops between the two, however, Katsu comes to see the joys of movies through the filmmaking, while Koichi gradually recovers his sense of self through his interactions with Katsu. Soon, their bond paves the way for an unusual collaboration.


  • Award for Best Director goes to Ruben Östlund for “Play”.
  •  Award for Best Actress Goes to Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs”.
  •  Award for Best Actor goes to Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache in “Untouchable”.

Award for Best Artistic Contribution

KORA[ 转山 ]
Directed by Du Jiayi

A Taiwanese youth cycles to Tibet to fulfill his brother’s final wish, experiencing encounters and farewells, struggles with nature, and himself. An arduous rite of passage told with powerful imagery.

Directed by Tony Kaye


The state of education in the U.S., as seen by a substitute teacher at an unruly high school. Famous faces play staff struggling with difficult students and parents.

The Audience Award

When Pigs Have Wings [ Le Cochon de Gaza ]
Directed by Sylvain Estibal


A poor Palestinian fisherman hauls in a pig! His struggle to dispose of the impure animal drives this heartwarming comedy that yearns for peace.

TOYOTA Earth Grand Prix

The Mirror Never Lies
Directed by Kamila Andini


Pakis lost her father when he went fishing in the sea. A mirror her father gave is the only hope for Pakis to meet him. Using it in a Bajo ritual, she hopes to see her father’s reflection.

TOYOTA Earth Grand Prix Special Jury Prize
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov

Werner Herzog presents a picturesque documentary about the life of the indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.

Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film Award
Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian

On the eve of Christmas, the Aguinaldo family’s residence is burglarized, causing its members to identify stolen items and uncover lingering sentiments they have hidden from each other. Amidst the tension brought about by the burglary, the Aguinaldo family realizes how treasured sentiments have been lost, relationships have evolved as they arrive from church at a house in shambles.

  • Winds of Asia-Middle East,Special Mentions are “The Mirror Never Lies”, “Tatsumi” and “The Robot”.

Japanese Eyes, Best Picture Award
About the Pink Sky [ ももいろそらを ]
Directed by Keiichi Kobayashi

A high school girl finds a money-laden wallet and tracks down its owner, with unexpected consequences. Its monochrome images create a naturalistic portrait of her emotional state.