Tokyo Festival Announces Full Lineup

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'The Walk' opens the Tokyo festival.

This year's Samurai Award will go to John Woo and veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada, with the fest opening with Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk'.

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its full lineup on Wednesday, with a slew of programs, showcases and events in addition to the main competition.

The jury, will see Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) joined by French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung (Norwegian Wood,) Norwegian director-writer-producer Bent Hamer and Chinese producer Nansun Shi, Danish writer-director Susanne Bier and local director-writer Kazuki Omori.

The 16 main competition films, selected from more than 1.400 entries from 86 countries, will vie for prizes including the grand prix, best director, best actor, best actress and best artistic contribution. Selected works include Born to be Blue, the Chet Baker biopic starring Ethan Hawke; All Three of Us, a French-Iranian family drama; Foujita by local director Kohei Oguri; Yoshihiro Nakamura's suspense The Inerasable and Italian comedy God Willing by Edoardo Falcone.

This year's Samurai Award, a lifetime achievement prize, will go to veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada and Hong Kong-Hollywood director John Woo, who will also host a talk event.

Other highlights include a showcase of Japanese horror, special screenings of anime cult favorite Gundam, screenings of two of Akira Kurosawa's classics, a Japan Now section which includes a focus on director Masato Harada (The Emperor in August), as well as a Panorama program that features a wide variety of films.

This will be the 30th anniversary of the event's launch, but as it was only held every other year in its early stages, this will be festival's 28th edition.

The fest will open with Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, while Tetsuo Shinohara's drama The Terminal will be its closing film.

TIFF will run from Oct. 22 to 31 in Roppongi Hills and other central venues, while the TIFFCOM market will be held in Odaiba Oct. 20 – 22.

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