Okinawa Movie Festival to Feature 'Grudge Match,' 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

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"Grudge Match's" Japanese premiere will be held at the Okinawa festival.

The lineup for the March 20-24 event includes the Japanese premieres of both films along with a screenings of U.S. hits "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" and "Gravity."

TOKYO -- The lineup for the sixth Okinawa International Movie Festival will include the Japanese premieres of Grudge Match and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, festival organizer talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo announced Wednesday.

Running from March 20 to 24, with its "Laugh & Peace" slogan, Okinawa once again will focus on broadly appealing titles rather than the more arty fare found at most festivals. The main competition will be divided into “Laugh” and “Peace” categories, including titles such as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Denmark's Antboy and Korean film Mr. Go, as well as domestic productions Isao Yukisada's The Round Table and Hiroshi Shinagawa's One Third.

The Creator's Factory section once again will screen films from emerging filmmakers, competing for the opportunity to have a production funded by Yoshimoto Kogyo.

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity will be shown on the giant screen on the beach that is brought in for the festival and plays host to live performances for many of Yoshimoto's comedy acts.

The Okinawa Contents Bazaar once again will provide a content matching forum for Japanese TV stations, which collectively own Yoshimoto, to meet with its overseas partners, including CAA.

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