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Tokyo rolls out 2014 line-up

On Tuesday the Tokyo International Film Festival pulled the covers off most of this year’s offering, from classic Japanese animation through some strongly regional programme strands to its more Euro-centric competition line-up.

Tokyo IFF press conference

TIFF press conference (l – r): Daihachi Yoshida, whose Pale Moon screens in competition; festival muse Miki Nakatani; TIFF director Yasushi Shiina

Slicing and dicing, the festival trimmed 1,373 submissions from 92 countries and regions down to an 18-title competition line-up, all of which are making world or Asian premiere appearances at TIFF.

The jury, led by American writer-director James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead, Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy) will make its own decisions but, on titles alone, Edmund Yeo’s Malaysian feature The River of Exploding Durians sounds intriguing.

In and amongst were some other treats to tempt visitors, such as a line-up of famous Japanese chefs preparing food at the festival’s outdoor entertainment venue and the annual World Cosplay Summit, for those who enjoy dressing up outside the bedroom.

Cosplay Summit

The World Cosplay Summit

The festival has previously announced its focus on animator Hideaki Anno and various out-of-competition highlights from its 2014 programme.

The 27th TIFF will run 23 – 31 October at Roppongi Hills and other venues, Tokyo.

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