Tokyo International Film Festival has announced that Martin Scorsese’s Netflix-backed The Irishman will play as its closing film on November 5, while Masayuki Suo’s Talking The Pictures will receive a Gala Screening on October 31.
Scorsese’s epic story of organised crime in post-war America travels to Tokyo following its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27 and a few other screenings in the US and Europe. The film is also booked to play at the Hamptons Film Festival on October 11 and close the London Film Festival on October 13.
Last year, Tokyo International Film Festival also gave a big screen outing to Netflix-based Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, which played in its Special Screenings section.
Starring Ryo Narita and Yuina Kuroshima, Talking The Pictures is a period drama revolving around the Japanese performers, known as ‘katsudo-benshi’, who provided live narration for silent films.
The film’s director, Masayuki Suo, has previously won international attention with titles such as Shall We Dance? (1996), which was remade as a US film starring Richard Gere, and I Just Didn’t Do It (2006), about a young man accused of sexual harassment.
Tokyo has already announced its opening film, Yoji Yamada’s Tora-san, Wish You Were Here, and will reveal the rest of its line-up on September 26. This year’s edition of the festival runs October 28 to November 5.