Tokyo International Film Festival begins its 27th edition

Tokyo International Film Festival begins its 27th edition

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The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival kickstarted with Japanese animated movies.

The Tokyo International Film Festival’s 27th edition opened on October 23, 2014 with a heavy showcase of Japanese animated movies and cult superhero Ultraman. The opening night included Disney’s animated superhero comedy Big Hero 6, which is about the crime-fighting adventures of a Japanese boy and his robot.

Tokyo International film festival 2014 opening

The festival will run till October 31, 2014 and will showcase director Hideaki Anno’s works, who is acknowledged as the natural successor to Oscar-winning anime master Hayao Miyazaki, since his sci-fi series Evangelion became a nationwide success in the 1990s. TIFF will show 53 of Anno’s films over the week.

International presence at the festival included gothic filmmaker Tim Burton, while James Gunn, director of this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is one of the six judges for the Tokyo Grand Prix. A prize of $50,000 will be presented for best film, chosen from among 15 films, which have been selected from more than 1,300 entries from 92 countries.

TIFF will also feature 3D short movies directed by Shigeru Miyamoto, senior MD of game company Nintendo and renowned game producer for Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong. On the sidelines of the event, many Chinese, South Korean, Spanish and Latin American films will also be screened. The festival will close with Japanese film Parasyte by director Takashi Yamazaki

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