THE TORONTO JAPANESE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Rating: NNNN
Pressed for time and media-saturated, Japan is made for short films. Now in its second year, the Toronto Japanese Short Film Festival returns with a weekend's worth of the bounty.
Because the programming is tight and the source endless, it's hard to get stuck with a bad film in this festival. Choice becomes a matter of taste. Want yakuza action? Try Every Boy Loves Airplanes, a send-up about a vengeful tough guy with a weakness for plane-spotting. Seeking animation cute enough to be called ultra-kawaii? See Moustafrog And Ninja Bunny, all three minutes of it.
But to make the most of your time, combine cuteness, violence and big emotion. Light My Fire is the story of a woman who meets an ex-boyfriend in a café with his new love. She gives him an inappropriate gift, then really takes it back. Friday to Sunday (October 15-17) at Innis Town Hall.