Tokyo film fest unveils lineup

Competish includes pics by Romanek, Joffe, Lerman

The Tokyo Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its 23rd edition, to unspool Oct. 23-31.
Among the 15 competition pics are Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” Diego Lerman’s “The Invisible Eye” and Rowan Joffe’s “Brighton Rock.”
Both Japanese pics in the section — Kaneto Shindo’s “Post Card” and Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “Sketches of Kaitan City” — are world preems, as are Ivan Noel’s “Primary!,” Sinisa Dragin’s “If the Seed Doesn’t Die” and Hamid Reza Aligholian’s “Flamingo No. 13.”
One pic has yet to be announced.
Competition jury prexy helmer Neil Jordan is joined by Taiwanese thesp-singer Judy Ongg, Italian producer Domenico Procacci, Korean helmer Hur Jin-ho and Japanese helmer Kichitaro Negishi.
The Special Screening section includes the previously announced opening pic “The Social Network” and closing pic “The Town,” as well as a special 30-minute clip of “Tron: Legacy.”
Among other highlights in this section are Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin’s “Despicable Me,” Antoine Fuqua’s “Brooklyn’s Finest,” Mike Mitchell’s “Shrek Forever After,” John Curran’s “Stone” and Francois Ozon’s “Potiche.”
Fans will also be able to sample big local pics before their theatrical release, including Yoshihiro Fukagawa’s suspenser “Into the White Night,” Keita Amemiya’s 3D toon “Garo-Red Requiem” and Takafumi Hatano’s “SP The Motion Picture I,” the first of a two-part thriller based on a popular TV show.

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