'A Star Is Born' to Open Tokyo Film Festival

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'A Star Is Born'

Bradley Cooper's directorial debut premiered at Venice and will have screened at a number of other festivals by the time it reaches Tokyo.

The 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival will open with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born, while the closer will be the animated Godzilla: The Planet Eater.

A Star Is Born has been winning critical praise for Cooper, who directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in the remake of the musical romance made famous by Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in the 1976 version.

The film recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will also have played the San Sebastian and Zurich fests, as well as been in general release in the U.S., before it bows in Tokyo. The festival in the Japanese capital has struggled to attract major premieres for its opening in the years since Disney's Big Hero 6 bowed there in 2014.

Godzilla: The Planet Eater, directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita and the final part of an animated trilogy, will close the fest on Nov. 3, the date the original version debuted in 1954.

The festival is also adding a gala screening this year, with the premiere of the local film The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps, directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi and starring Ryoko Shinohara and Hidetoshi Nishijima.

A new venue also will be added to this year's event at Hibiya Mid-Town, a recently completed complex in central Tokyo.

The Tokyo International Film Festival is set to run Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at Roppongi Hills and EX Theater Roppongi.