Film fest to host inaugural project mart
HONG KONG — Kenta Fukasaku, son of the late Kinji Fukasaku and scribe-director of cult splatter movie “Battle Royale 2,” will topline the Tokyo Film Festival’s first project market.Fukasaku will present his big-budget, Mamoro Oshii-scripted actioner “Elle Is Burning” at the Tokyo Project Meeting, running Oct. 26-28. International distributors, producers and financiers will get a chance to buy into 16 projects pitched by Japanese helmers and scripters. Unlike at many other co-production marts, all the projects will be presented on the first day, followed by two days of organized meetings. Event is co-hosted by the Visual Industry Promotion Organization, the Japanese film industry’s new support body backed by Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Among the six projects announced, apart from “Elle,” is “N.Y. Salad,” a CGI feature by Yoshitaka Amano, character designer on “Final Fantasy” vidgames; Ichiro Sakaki’s toon actioner “Strait Jacket”; scribe Shuhei Nire’s animated drama “Legend of Young Wolf”; “Princess Ai,” a combo of live-action and animation, based on a story by Courtney Love and D.J. Milky, with character design by Ai Yazawa; and “Blaster,” a project for Internet distribution with an original story by Junya Okabe. More titles will be announced this month when the festival completes its lineup.