HONG KONG – The 20th edition of the Tokyo Int’l Film Fest gets underway Friday with a red carpet event and opens officially Saturday.

Opening film is actioner “Midnight Eagle” which is a collaboration between Shochiku and Universal Japan. Closer, nine days later, is “Silk” a Japan-Italy-Canada co-production set in Europe and Japan.

“We chose those movies to impress [professional] audiences with the idea that they can understand film markets around the world when they come to Tokyo,” festival topper Tsuguhiko Kadokawa said.

Related TIFFCOM market kicks off Monday for a three day run. Kadokawa says it is growing. “As long as Japan is the second largest film market after the U.S., Tokyo will be the center of Asia. While Shanghai features Chinese films and Pusan features Korean films, Tokyo is drawing attention from around the world,” he said.

Jury headed by Alan Ladd Jr will decide winning film from the competition section and deliver prizes worth $50,000 and $20,000.

Events unroll at the Toho Cinema complex in Roppongi Hills and at the Bunkamura in Shibuya. Market is at Roppongi.