The Tokyo Film Festival has announced its lineup for its 20th edition, including world preems for Izuru Narushima’s action-suspenser “Midnight Eagle,” which opens the fest Oct. 20, and Jin Chen’s international romance “Crossing Over,” which follows as the opening night screening.
Closer on Oct. 28 is the previously announced Francois Gerard period drama “Silk.” The two main venues will again be Roppongi Hills and Bunkamura, both shopping and entertainment complexes in central Tokyo.
Among the highlights of the 15-pic competition are Mike Binder’s 9/11 drama “Reign Over Me”; Kari Skogland’s drama “The Stone Angel,” starring Ellen Burstyn; Abolfazl Jalili’s star-crossed romance “Hafez,” featuring Japanese star Kumiko Aso in her first international lead role; and “The Early Years — Erik Nietzsche,” the Lars von Trier-scripted drama about a struggling helmer, based on his own experiences.
The Special Screenings section will feature the Ash Brannon and Chris Buck toon “Surf’s Up,” Francois Ozon’s “Angel,” Michael Winterbottom’s “A Mighty Heart,” Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” David Silverman’s “The Simpsons Movie” and Takashi Miike’s “Crows,” a teens-run-wild pic based on a popular comic.
The section will also screen three classic sci-fi pics with effects by industry legend Ray Harryhausen: “20 Million Miles to Earth,” “It Came From Beneath the Sea” and “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.”
The Winds of Asia-Middle East section will unspool 30 pics from the region, including a retrospective of five pics by late Taiwanese helmer Edward Yang.
Meanwhile, Japanese Eyes will offer nine new pics from Japan, including the world preem of “Eat and Run — 6 Beautiful Grifters,” the latest toon by “Ghost in the Shell” auteur Mamoru Oshii.
Two new sections have been added: World Cinema, which features eight festival faves from Europe and the U.S., and Tokyo in Focus, offering nearly 50 pics set in Japan’s capital. Among the highlights of the latter section is “Always — Sunset on Third Street 2,” the sequel to Takashi Yamazaki’s hit 2005 pic about the lives of Tokyoites in 1958.
The Tiffcom content market will be held Oct. 22-24. So far, 51 exhibitors have signed on from Japan and 44 from the rest of the world, including China, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, France and the U.S.