The Japanese actor and director Joe Odagiri will attend the 3rd Pingyao International Film Festival opening between October 10th to 19th.
Since his debut as a theatre actor in 1999, Joe Odagiri has taken on the leading roles in over a dozen films, including Bright Future the Cannes Film Festival official selection and major Japanese awards winner, Tokyo Tower that scooped five major prizes at Japan Academy Awards as well as Midnight Diner that received very positive reviews. He has acclaimed many awards for his talented acting and worked with many great directors such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Tetsuya Nakashima, Joji Matsuoka, Kim Ki-duk, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Lou Ye and others, making him a significant figure in Asian screen industry.
Besides building successful characters on screen, Joe Odagiri has also been exploring in filmmaking. After his initial directorial attempt with the short film Looking for Cherry Blossoms in 2009, he made his first feature directorial debut They Say Nothing Stays the Same in 20018 and got shortlisted for Venice Days, an independently run section in line with the 76th Venice Film Festival opening on August 28th. The film, starring Akira Emoto, Nijiro Murakami, Tadanobu Asano and Yu Aoi, was shot by the international award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle. It is worth mentioning that Lou Ye’s film Saturday Fiction starred by him will also be competing for the Golden Lion, which means Joe Odagiri will be in competition at Venice as both director and actor.
Director Joe Odagiri
They Say Nothing Stays the Same
The 3rd Pingyao International Film Festival will be held from October 10th to 19th at Pingyao Festival Palace in Pingyao Ancient City, Jinzhong, Shanxi. Acclaimed filmmakers will be joining the occasion from home and abroad. Besides Joe Odagiri, the stellar line-up includes the Chinese director Zhang Yimou, the incoming artistic director of the Berlin Film Festival Carlo Chatrian, Head of Cannes Film Festival’s Film Office Christian Jeune, director of Venice Days Giorgio Gosetti, the program director of FILMeX Shozo Ichiyama and so on.