August 8, 2014

27th Tokyo International Film Festival – 2014 Open and Close Films

The organizers of the Tokyo International Film Festival presented the opening and closing film for this year edition.

For this year edition the people organizing the festival decided to open the festival with the world premier of Disney´s latest animated film “Big Hero 6” directed by Don Hall and Christopher Williams. The closing film selected was the live-action film “Parasyte” an adaptation from the world-acclaimed Japanese comic, directed by Takeshi Yamazaki.

The directors from the selected films express themselves. These are some of their comments:

We are thrilled to premiere “Big Hero 6″ at the Tokyo International Film Festival; it is truly an honor to be selected as the opening film. The setting of our film, San Fransokyo, is a fictional, futuristic mash-up of two of our favorite cities in the world – San Francisco and Tokyo and the research we did in Tokyo informed every detail of the film. We look forward to bringing our film to this city that so deeply inspired us.” – Don Hall & Chris Williams (Big Hero 6)

We live in troubled times, and “PARASYTE” starts a conversation about how the human species will survive. I think it is significant that “PARASYTE” has been selected as the closing film for a major film festival like TIFF.” – Takashi Yamazaki (Parasyte)

About the films:

Big Hero 6 directed by Don Hall & Chris Williams – USA | 2014 – World Premiere
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When a 14-year-old robotics prodigy Hiro loses his beloved brother Tadashi in an accident, he turns to a robot named Baymax, who was created to heal the human body and mind. Together, they embark on a great adventure.

Parasyte directed by Takashi Yamazaki – Japan | 2014 – World Premiere

A world-acclaimed manga in the hands of Japan’s best filmmakers with a superb ensemble of Japan’s best acting talents …the ingredients for a perfect film adaptation!!! The timeless and relevant manga masterpiece ‘Parasyte’ (Hitoshi Iwaaki) serialized in the magazine Gekkan Afternoon (Kodansha Publishing.) The unusual concept, powerful storytelling, philosophical world view and fascinating characterizations ensure that the manga achieved wide acclaim and has continued to be talked about years after its debut.

We remember the readers that the 27th TIFF will be held on October 23-31 at the Roppongi Hill, TOHO Cinemas, Nihonbashi and other venues in city of Tokyo. The film market TIFFCOM 2014 (Japan Contest Showcase 2014) will take place on October 21-23 at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba in the Tokyo Bay area.

As always I will try to obtain the press accreditation to publish the latest information about the festival and its activities. Thanks again for your support.

Sebastián Nadilo

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