Chan, Anderson, Jovovich join Japan's PM

TOKYO — The 24th Tokyo Film Festival opened Saturday with Jackie Chan appearing for the special screening of “1911” and helmer Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich on hand for the opening pic, “The Three Musketeers.”

Also appearing on stage for the opening ceremony at the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills complex was Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda, who proclaimed himself a fan of Chan’s 1978 martial arts hit “Drunken Master” and said he was influenced in his own career by the 1939 Frank Capra classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” “Films linger in our memories, move us and can change our lives,” he concluded.

Economy, trade and industry minister Yukio Edano, who became something of a national folk hero for his tireless press appearances in the wake of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown, noted that films can “communicate across ages, languages and borders” and added that “I will support (the film industry) so that it can contribute to Japan’s industry and economy.”

The fest closes Oct. 30.

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