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Tokyo Gets Down To Business

 By Liza Foreman By the end of day one, the Tokyo International Film Festival (23-31 October, 2010) was in full swing.Throngs of fans gathered to witness arrivals at the green carpet for openingnight. But by the next day it was down to business with TIFF head Tom Yoda holding a discussion with journalists about the work Japan has to do to catchup with the American content business which Yoda estimated to be five times its size. Still, business and culturego hand in hand at he festival. Cultural highlights kicking off day three  include a special-focus on six films by a new generation of Taiwanese directors that has risen following the golden age of the masters Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, and Edward Yang. This special screening entitled, "Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2010: New Breeze of the Rising Generation," will be part of  the festival’s Winds of Asia Middle-East section.  The Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2010: New Breeze of the Rising Generation line-up includes -  "The FourthPortrait" Director: Mong-HongChung    Cast: Xiao-hai Bi, LeiHao, Leon DaiTen year-old Xiang facesa lonely future after his father dies. Just when he thinks he’s going toorphanage, his estranged mother appears. A loveless mother, a hatefulstepfather, a chilly home. Where’s Xiang heading? "Juliets" Directors: Hou Chi-jan /Shen Ko-shang / Chen Yu-hsunCast: Vivian Hsu, WangPo-chieh/ Lee Chien-na, River Huang/ Kang Kang, Liang He-chunA reinterpretation ofShakespeare’s classic character, "Juliet." Three Juliets, three identities, threelove stories… "Let the Wind CarryMe"Directors: KwanPun-leung, Chiang Hsiu-chiungCast: Mark LeeMark Lee runs his lifeat 24 frames per second, traveling with his eyes and heart, chasing thefleeting lights and colors, transformingthem into a film director's visions and voices in every audience. "TaipeiExchanges" Director: Hsiao Ya-chuanCast: Gwei Lun-mei,Chang Han, Zaizai LinDoris’ Cafe has beenturned upside down by her sister Josie, who exchanges things with customers as a way to gainattention. One day a man brings something to exchange that will change Doris’ life… "Zoom Hunting"Director: Cho LiCast: Ning Chang, ZhuZhi-ying, Wen Sheng-haoRuyi has inadvertentlyphotographed a couple making mad passionate love. She begins to observe the couple with hersister Ruxing. In the end, Ruyi will find that the truth far exceeds her imagination…    

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