Lav Diaz Toyko Film Festival

The Crosscut Asia section of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will focus on Southeast Asian films featuring a wide variety of musical genres.

Highlights of the line-up, designed to reflect on historical and present-day Southeast Asia, include Filipino auteur Lav Diaz’ rock opera Season Of The Devil, which premiered in competition at this year’s Berlin film festival.

Dubbed Crosscut Asia #05: Soundtrip to Southeast Asia, the showcase will also include films featuring Isan band music from Thailand and Cambodian pop songs.

Organised by TIFF and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Crosscut Asia has previously focused on films from Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, with a fourth edition including films from across Southeast Asia recommended by leading filmmakers such as Brillante Ma Mendoza, Tran Anh Hung and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

This year’s TIFF takes place October 25-November 3, 2018 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.