Toru Tokikawa (時川 徹 Tokikawa Tōru ) is a Japanese-born film director based in Los Angeles. He was selected for International Financing Forum at Toronto International Film Festival and Producer's Lab during CineMart at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008. His projects are supported by J-Pitch, a Japanese film promoting organization, sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. His commercial film for Manix that he directed through @radical.media won multiple awards including London International Advertising Award.
Tokikawa was born in Japan and raised in the US and Indonesia. He has been directing music videos and commercials for over 12 years. He started his career as an art director at Japanese advertising agency Dentsu in Tokyo. He graduated from the University of Tokyo. He speaks English, French and Japanese.
Toru has directed and produced internationally acclaimed two short films: Noodle Soup and A Box, which were the official selection at Boston, São Paulo Int'l, Karlovy Vary Int'l, Philadelphia and Seoul Net & Film Festivals, among others. He is officially invited to the Berlin International Film Festival's Talent Campus 2005. The British Council supported Noodle Soup for international film festivals. It has nominated for the Best Narrative Short award at the Oakland International Film Festival. Both films are distributed worldwide through Shorts International Ltd. The shorts are on AOL's Moviefone and Noodle Soup was broadcast on Comcast and NYC TV25 and sold to Canal+ Poland, SBS TV Australia and SBS Europe.
Toru owns a Los Angeles and London based production company Rivertime Entertainment Inc. that develops and produces feature films, documentaries, TV programs and digital contents. With its multicultural team of young up and coming talents, all of the projects have the ambition to be fresh, unique, exciting and to have strong international appeal.
Rivertime Entertainment is currently in pre-production of Single Shot – an urban music thriller. The company is producing an interview series format TELL ME ABOUT that features top global DJs with NHK and other TV and mobile channels worldwide. The company is the associate producer of the king of Japanese entertainment show SMAP X SMAP for FUJI TV, and also produces Baby SMAP – a mini series that features international top visual artists.
Rivertime Entertainment is also developing several feature film projects: The Date - a psychological internet dating thriller; Sundays - a Tokyo set drama an adaptation of a Japanese best selling novelist; Clone Hunter – a Sci-Fi Thriller set in Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.