Fantasia Fest to Open With Takashi Miike's 'For Love's Sake'

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TORONTO -- Takashi Miike’s high school musical spoof movie For Love’s Sake is to open Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

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The Japanese director’s dramedy, which stars Emi Takei and Satoshi Tsumabuki, will receive a North American premiere in Montreal on July 19 after bowing at Cannes.

In all, Fantasia organizers unveiled 160 films, including 34 titles from Japan like the Canadian premiere for Miike’s Ace Attorney, which debuted in Rotterdam.

The Montreal fest also booked Canadian premieres for Shunichiro Miki’s The Warped Forest, Katsuhito Ishii’s Smuggler, and Yuya Ishii’s Mitsuko Delivers.

And Korea is bringing Fantasia titles like Doomsday Book, by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, Juhn Jai-hong’s Poongasan, a suspense pic written by Kim Ki-duk, and Yun Jong-bin’s Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, which stars Choi Min-sik.

And the Chinese contingent in Montreal will be represented by first-time director Xu Haofeng and Sword Identity, after Haofeng co-wrote Wong Kar-wai’s Grandmasters, and the Kevin Spacey-starrer Inseparable, by director Dayyan Eng.

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Fantasia unveiled plans for 30 world, international or North American premieres during its 16th edition from July 19 to August 9.

The Canadian film lineup includes a world premiere for Rob Grant’s Mon Ami, and Jeremy Power Regimbal’s Replicas, which stars Selma Blair, Josh Close and Rachel Miner.

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