Tokyo — Chinese director Chen Kaige will head the competition jury at the
26th Tokyo Intl. Film Festival, set to unspool Oct. 22-24.
Chen’s association with the festival goes back to its sixth edition in 1993, when his Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Farewell My Concubine” was screened out of competition. In 2008 he was on hand to receive the Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in directing.
One of China’s best known directors since his 1985 international breakthrough “Yellow Earth,” Chen has accumulated a long list of festival invites and overseas honors, including two Academy Award nominations for “Concubine” and a Golden Globe nod for the 2005 fantasy epic “The Promise.” He also collected a Cannes Technical Grand Prize for his 1999 period epic “The
Emperor and the Assassin.”
The Tokyo festival will announce the complete line-up of its 26th edition on Sept. 19.