Tokyo: 10 World Premieres Set for Main Film Festival Competitions

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'One Cut of the Dead'

Filipino auteur Brilliante Mendoza will head the jury and be joined by 'Star Wars' and 'Westworld' producer Bryan Burk.

This year's Tokyo International Film Festival will feature 10 world premieres in its two main competition sections among the hundreds of films that will be screened during the eight days of the event.

The jury for the main competition will be led by Filipino director Brilliante Mendoza, who will be joined by fellow helmer Stanley Kwan from Hong Kong;, Americam producer Bryan Burk (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Westworld), who will also hold a master class; and two actresses, Iran's Taraneh Alidoosti and Japan's Kaho Minami.

Among the 16 films that will compete for the grand prix are eight world premieres, including Hungary's His Master's Voice by Gyorgy Palfi, Hong Kong's Three Husbands by Fruit Chan, Mexico's History Lessons by Marcelino Islas Hernandez and the previously announced two Japanese entries. Ralph Fiennes' The White Crow will make its Asian premiere at the fest, as will Israel's Tel Aviv on Fire by Sameh Zoabi. 

Two of the eight pics in the Asian Future section for up-and-coming directors, both from China, will have world premieres: Wushu Orphan by Huang Huang and A First Farewell by Lina Wong. All of the entries in the Japanese Cinema Splash section for promising local filmmakers are also set for world bows.

Other sections include the Japan Now section, in which the surprise budget zombie hit One Cut of the Dead will be screened; a focus on actor Koji Yakusho; Japanese Classics; an animation focus on Masaaki Yuasa; and screenings of various blockbuster and classic movies from the history of cinema.

The previously announced opening and closing films will be A Star Is Born and Godzilla: The Planet Eater, respectively.

Special screenings will include Michael Moore's Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 and, in an homage to the Ghibli filmmaker who died in April, a tribute to legendary animation director Isao Takahata.

The Tokyo International Film Festival is set to run Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at Roppongi Hills and other central Tokyo venues.