Shame, Seduction, Swords & Sex: A New Kind of Ghost Story in Suffering of Ninko
Filmmakers / Gateway / VIFF 2016

Shame, Seduction, Swords & Sex: A New Kind of Ghost Story in Suffering of Ninko

By Geoff Webb Set in medieval Japan and centred around the story a devout monk with a painfully ironic curse, Norihoro Niwatsukino’s curious debut feature Suffering of Ninko (Ninkô no junan) has all the hallmarks of a traditional Japanese ghost story: A troubled yet likeable hero haunted by a mysterious curse; a charming yet unruly … Continue reading

Insiders’ Blog: Celebrating Dragons & Tigers
Awards / Features / Gateway

Insiders’ Blog: Celebrating Dragons & Tigers

By Adam Cook VIFF’s characteristically diverse and large lineup of films runs the gamut from documentaries to commercial films, to arthouse, and everywhere in between, but if there’s one thing this festival is, and should be, known for, it’s the long running Dragons & Tigers program. Originated by programmer Tony Rayns in 1994, this section’s … Continue reading

The Vancouver Asahi World Premiere
Events / true north / VIFF 2014 Films

The Vancouver Asahi World Premiere

On September 29th at The Centre For The Performing Arts in Vancouver, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) held the World Premiere of The Vancouver Asahi. The film is directed by Ishii Yuya and it tells the story of the Vancouver Japanese-Canadian baseball team during the early 1900s. The film stars Japanese mega idols Kazuya Kamenashi and Satoshi Tsumabuki, … Continue reading

News Blast #7: Dragons and Tigers & Best New Director Award
Gateway / Press Release / VIFF 2014 Films

News Blast #7: Dragons and Tigers & Best New Director Award

For over 25 years, VIFF has presented one of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema. This tradition continues with another inspired selection of films. Check out the selection here. The Best New Director Award new prize is awarded annually to a first or second-time international director for a creative and innovative … Continue reading