Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Film Festival Jury

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The festival will open with local film 'Fullmetal Alchemist' and close with 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,' with Al Gore scheduled to attend.

Tommy Lee Jones will head the jury at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), organizers announced Tuesday at the lineup press conference.

Jones will be joined on the jury by Chinese actress Zhao Wei, Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi, French director/writer Martin Provost and local actor Masatoshi Nagase to judge the 15 features in the main competition. 

The opening film will be Fullmetal Alchemist, a live-action take on a popular manga/anime franchise, the first local production to open the event in a decade. Organizers were aiming for a big international film for the 30th edition of the festival, having settled for Florence Foster Jenkins opening last year's event after it had already screened in most of the world.  

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to Al Gore's environmental documentary of a decade ago, will be the closing film of the festival. Gore is slated to attend the screening and talk about the climate crisis. 

Special sections at the fest will include Asian Future, Japanese Cinema Splash, Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance, the anime focus World of Keiichi Hara, and the World of Steven Soderbergh.

The festival's TIFFCOM content market will run Oct. 24-26, beginning a day before the main event opens. It will be held for the first time this year at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, approximately 45 minutes away by public transport from the Roppongi Hills complex where most of the screenings take place.  

With Halloween falling in the middle of the festival, horror specials will include an all-night George A. Romero Forever Night: Thanks for the Memories, including a screening of Night of the Living Dead, as a tribute to the horror meister.   

The 30th edition of TIFF will run Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at Roppongi HIlls and other central Tokyo venues.