Sunday, October 21, 2012

25th Tokyo International Film Festival Green Carpet Ceremony


On Saturday, October 20, 2012, the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival's Green Carpet Ceremony was held in Roppongi. I had the honor of attending the ceremony as a press photographer, assisting Tokyograph reporter Chuck. 
Thank you so much for inviting me to take photos for the event, Chuck!! It was an amazing experience. 



The green carpet was lined with fans and spectators on each side, blocked off by a low fence. On the left side, there was a stretch of space for press to stand, and we weren't blocked off by anything - we could literally touch the green carpet! The stars were coming up to just a few feet away from us. Quite surreal.

There were many reporters, photographers, and video camera operators carrying a huge amount of equipment, large tripods, huge lenses, etc. It all looked extremely heavy and expensive.
It was my first time to shoot an event like this as a press photographer, so I was incredibly excited! 
After lining up to get our press stickers and getting into place along the green carpet, the music began at 1:30 PM and stars began to arrive.

I took hundreds of photos over the two and a half hour event (1:30 - 4:00 PM), but here are just a selected few!


 Former AKB48 member, Maeda Atsuko (前田 敦子). 
She took quite a while right at the beginning of the green carpet, signing autographs and moving slowly along the fan sides of the fence. The fans were going crazy! Also, I have to say that Chuck is really amazing for calling out to the celebrities and asking them to stop for a picture. Sometimes the stars were ushered along rather quickly by the festival staff escorts, telling them that there wasn't much time and they had to move forward, but Chuck was fantastic at getting their attention and allowing us to capture some really good shots. Yay for English too! They seemed to really be surprised and turn around at that.  


Yamada Yu (山田優).
I like the gold accents in her outfit.


Yoshitaka Yuriko (吉高由里子). Pretty!
Also, I have to mention that once we got to our places on the green carpet, the wind picked up and it was really quite freezing. The ladies in their dresses seemed to bear it really well though, and didn't show they were cold at all! Guess that's what being professional is about :)


Kengo Kora (高良健吾).

You can see all the fans in the background, and many of them were waving paper/notepads to get signatures. Quite a few were also taking photos with their digicams, mobile phones, and DSLRs - I saw a few L lenses too! Since the celebrities were really nice and headed over to the fans when called, I'm sure those fans got some really clear and close photos :) Apparently Japan doesn't really have many red/green carpet events, so I guess this is one of the few chances for these stars to interact with their fans and get press shoots out in the open like this.

I feel that Japanese press, at least the ones at this event, were pretty polite too. None of them were rushing or shoving to get a good place along the carpet, everyone respected each others' spaces and positions, and the reporters/photographers were really quite respectful toward the celebrities as well. I like this point about Japan, that people don't seem to get hounded and paparazzi-ed like mad.

On the other hand, there were a few fangirls behind the fence screaming really loudly for handshakes, "AKUSHU SHITE KUDASAIIII!!" (or in the case of foreigner stars, "AKUSHU PLEASE!!!") and they usually got them - made us laugh :)


Ishihara Satomi (石原さとみ) in bright pink.


Abe Hiroshi (阿部寛) in the middle.


Shibasaki Kou (柴咲コウ).


 Paper cranes in her hair.


 From Golden Knight Garo (黄金騎士ガロ). Cute book!!


Inoue Mao (井上真央), Tamayama Tetsuji (玉山鉄二).
Sorry, I'm not sure who everyone else is >_< 


She's really cute in person!


Ueto Aya (上戸 彩) with members representing Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.


 I love these colorful and artistic costumes!


 Such dreamlike movements.


I hope you enjoyed these photos I took from the Tokyo International Film Festival's Green Carpet Ceremony!
Be sure to check Tokyograph for further reports and images.

See the first gallery up here: