Tokyo Film Fest to Showcase Directors Mamoru Hosoda and Shunji Iwai

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'The Boy and the Beast'

The festival has been showcasing leading Japanese directors in recent years as part of its focus on domestic talent.

The Tokyo International Film Festival, set to run Oct. 25-Nov. 3 in central Tokyo, will showcase the work of Mamoru Hosoda and Shunji Iwai, two of Japan's most innovative directors, organizers announced Thursday.

Making his name through anime features, including 2009's Summer Wars and 2012's Wolf Children, Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast became the highest-grossing Japanese film last year and went on to be released in almost 50 countries.

Hosoda will be featured in the Animation Focus sidebar at this year's fest, a section launched in 2014.

Iwai made his name by directing TV dramas and commercials before his box-office hit Love Letter in 1995. He went on to helm the acclaimed All About Lily Chou-Chou in 2001 and Hana and Alice in 2004, which he wrote, produced and directed in addition to composing its score.

In 2015, Iwai wrote and directed an animated feature prequel to Hana and Alice, titled The Case of Hana & Alice. His first English-language film Vampire was screened at Sundance, and he has become a favorite on the international festival circuit.

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