Magazine article Screen International

Captain Phillips to Open Tokyo

Magazine article Screen International

Captain Phillips to Open Tokyo

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The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is to open with Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.

TIFF runs Oct 17-25 with its base in the Roppongi Hills complex and the TIFFCOM market Oct 22-24 in Odaiba.

Based on a true story about a US container ship hijacked by Somali pirates, Captain Phillips is set to receive its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept 27.

Sony Pictures will release it in Japan on Nov 29.

TIFF will close with writer/director Koki Mitani's long-awaited sixth feature, The Kiyosu Conference. Based on Mitani's novel of the same title, the historical epic stars Koji Yakusho.

Toho will release the film locally Nov 9.

The festival also announced the launch of Japanese Cinema Splash, which has grown out of the Japanese Eyes section of previous years. The new section aims to showcase Japanese independent films including animation, from directors in all stages of their careers, to the local public as well as international film festival programmers, press and buyers. …

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