The Birth of a Nation trailer
The Birth of a Nation

The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced the full lineup for the Special Screening Section which features high-profile films, both Japanese and international films.

The 29th TIFF will take place October 25 to November 3, 2016 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Ropponngi and other theaters in Tokyo.

OPENING FILM
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016/UK)
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

CLOSING FILM
Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow (2016/Japan)
Director: Yoshitaka Mori
Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama, Masahiro Higashide, Shota Sometani, Lily Franky, Keiko Takeshita
The dramatic story of famed shogi (Japanese chess) master Satoshi Murayama,
who passionately pursued the game’s highest title while fighting off rivals, as well as an intractable disease.

My Korean Teacher (2016/Japan)
Director: Yuzo Asahara
Cast: YESUNG (SUPER JUNIOR), Nozomi Sasaki, Masahiro Sato, Eri Fuse, Isao Takeno, Kang Dong-won, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
“The short cut to true love is to be yourself.” SUPER JUNIOR vocalist YESUNG stars with Nozomi Sasaki in a romance about two very different people finding each other in this “most endearing” romance.

itazurana Kiss THE MOVIE in High School (2016/Japan) – World Premiere
Director: Minoru Mizoguchi
Cast: Kanta Sato, Reina Visa, Nonoka Yamaguchi, Shimon Okura, Atsuki Tomori, Hidehiko Ishizuka, Hikari Ishida, Takanori Jinnai
Having sold over 35 million copies and being TV-dramatized in various regions, the comic “ITAZURA NA KISS” is finally coming to the big screen for the first time with
n episode never revealed in the comics before!

In This Corner of the World (2016/ Japan) – World Premiere
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Cast: Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba, Minori Omi, Daisuke Ono, Megumi Han, Nanase Iwai
Set in the city of Kure, Hiroshima during World War II, this beautiful animation follows young Suzu as she loses everything except her positive attitude and teaches us the value of everyday life.

The Sowing Traveller 3 (2016/ Japan)
Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe
Cast: Rin Takanash, Takumi Saitoh, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Kanji Tsuda, Takeshi Masu, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Rena Tanaka, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Jun Inoue
A family’s hope rests on a peach tree that was nurtured by their now deceased brother. Will it provide a better future for our heroine Ayane? Can government official Osamu realize his dream there?

The Neon Demon (2016/ France=Denmark=USA)
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Abbey Lee, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Christina Hendricks
The beauty of Jessie generates intense fasicination and jealousy within the model industry. Latest anticipated film from “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn which created a buzz in Cannes.

The Birth of a Nation (2016/ USA)
Director: Nate Parker
Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller
This is the story of Nat Turner, the legendary leader of the nation’s largest and most effective antebellum slave uprising. The young actor Nate Parker produced, directed and played as the leading role.

Miss You Already (2015/UK)
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Cast: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Jacqueline Bisset, Tyson Ritter
The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill. A touching movie with smiles and tears, starring two great actresses, Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore.

Museum (2016/Japan)
Director: Keishi Otomo
Cast: Shun Oguri, Machiko Ono, Shuhei Nomura, Nao Omori, Yutaka Matsushige
“Museum”, based on a comic series, is a thriller involving a detective who will risk his life to save his family, and a mysterious psychopath serial killer whose identity is hidden behind a frog mask.

ARRIVAL (2016/USA)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg
A compelling and provocative science fiction thriller that centers on extraterrestrial first contact, from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

Share this article ...