Tom Hanks' 'Captain Phillips' to Open Tokyo Film Fest

2:42 AM PST 07/30/2013 by Gavin J. Blair
Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips," the opening film at this year's TIFF.

The Tokyo International Film Festival will screen fewer films than in previous years as government funding has been cut again, though organizers refuse to say by how much.

TOKYO – Paul Greengrass' Somali pirate hostage drama Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, will open the 26th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on Oct. 17, while local production The Kiyosu Conference by Koki Mitani will bring the proceedings to a close on Oct. 25.

Hanks is due to attend the opening of TIFF, his first trip to Japan in four years. 

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The recent selection of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises to compete at the Venice film festival shows the appeal of Japanese content internationally, and we will continue to promote Japanese film, including anime, through TIFF,” said Yasushi Shiina, new director general of TIFF and its accompanying TIFFCOM content market.

TIFF is to continue with the ecology theme introduced by former festival director Tatsumi 'Tom' Yoda during his five-year tenure, which raised the international profile of the event.

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An "Asian Future" section focused on young directors from the region will replace the "Winds of Asia-Middle East" showcase of previous years.

This year's festival will screen fewer films than in previous years as government funding has been cut again, though organizers have declined to reveal by how much.

The festival has teamed up with Yahoo Japan and online streaming platform Gyao for this year's TIFF website, which will be hosted on the Yahoo Movie portal.

Organizers of the TIFFCOM market reported that all booths have already sold out for the 10th edition of the event, which will take place on Oct. 22 to 24 in the Odaiba area on Tokyo Bay, where it relocated last year.

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