. . . on Oct. 3 at 5:00 pm for a very special TIFF-FCCJ collaborative event with legendary director Yoji Yamada, whose hotly anticipated Tora-san, Wish You Were Here, has been selected as the Tokyo International Festival Opening Film. Joining the internationally acclaimed director to discuss the 50th anniversary of his beloved Tora-san character, as well as to share highlights of this year’s 32nd edition of the festival, will be TIFF Festival Director Takeo Hisamatsu and Japan Now Programming Advisor Kohei Ando. Following a screening of his new film with English subtitles at Shochiku, Yamada will appear at FCCJ for a Q&A session focused on the latest title in the series he launched in 1969, resulting in 49 films over a 28-year period (a world record). Shochiku is releasing 4K digital restorations of all 49 previous films, culminating in the nationwide release of this 50th installment on Dec. 27.

— Karen Severns