Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to Open Tokyo Film Festival

'X-Men: Apocalypse' director Bryan Singer will chair the festival's main competition jury.

Robert Zemeckis' forthcoming drama The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the charismatic high-wire artist who unforgettably traversed the Twin Towers in 1974, will open the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), organizers announced on Monday.

Hollywood director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse), a frequent attendee at the Tokyo fest, has been selected to chair the main competition jury.

Japanese director Tetsuo Shinohara’s drama The Terminal, set in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido and starring Koichi Sato, will close the festival.

TIFF will debut three new sections in 2015, including: Panorama, featuring high-impact genre projects; Japan Looks, showcasing recent Japanese films; and Japanese Classics, including, among others, the premiere of a digitally restored 4K version of Akira Kurosawa's Ran, which opened the Tokyo festival's first edition in 1985.

The Philippines is the country-in-focus for this year's Crosscut Asia section. As previously announced, a retrospective showcase of Japan's iconic Mobile Suit Gundam franchise will headline the festival's special animation program. 

The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival runs Oct. 22-31. As in recent editions, the festival will be headquartered at the Roppongi Hills entertainment complex, but three new venues in the city's business district of Shinjuku have been added this year, expanding the event's reach among Tokyo residents.  

The festival's competition section lineup and other selections will be announced in September. 

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