The 14th edition of the Tokyo Film Festival, which screens 140 films between October 27 and November 4, has selected the 14 films which will compete for the $42,700 (Y5m) Grand Prix and the $11,300 (Y2m) Jury Prize.
Among the films in competition are Michel Gondry's Human Nature, starring Tim Robbins and Patricia Arquette, Paul Sarossy's Mr In-Between, Tim Blake Nelson's O, Mistutoshi Tanaka's Kewaishi, and One Fine Spring Day by Hur Jin-Ho the director of the Korean hit romance Christmas In August.
Other competing films include: Under The Moonlight (Reza Mir-Karimi), Slogans (Gjergi Xhuvani), The Lament Of A Lamb (Junji Hanadou), The Rebel (Simon Aeby), The Chimp (Aktan Abdykalykov), Malunde (Stefanie Sycholt), Goal Club (Laiwsirikun Kittikorn), Weekend Plot (Zhang Ming) and Anam (Buket Alakus).
The opening film will be Shrek, with Cameron Diaz and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg in attendance. Disney vice chairman Roy Disney will present the festival's closing film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Special screenings include Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried, starring Christina Ricci and Johnny Depp, Alejandro Amenabar's The Others staring Nicloe Kidman, Danis Tanovic's No Mans Land, Milcho Manchevsky's Dust, Peter Cattaneo's Lucky Break, Oxide Pang and Dany Pang's Bangkok Dangerous and Takashi Miike's The Happiness Of The Katakuris.
The festival expects to welcome a total of 109 domestic and international guests including Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnet from O, directors Danis Tanovic, Sally Potter, Takashi Miike and Hur Jin-Ho, legendary Japanese actresses Keiko Matsuzaka and Sayuri Yoshinaga as well as top Hong-Kong actress Kelly Chan.
Director Norman Jewison will chair the jury, with French producer Catherine Dussart, Hong Kong actress Joey Wang, whose latest film Peony Pavillion will be screening out of competition, Swiss director Daniel Schmid and Japanese film scholar Yasuki Hamano.
Special sections include a retrospective devoted to Japanese director Mamoru Oshii presenting twelve of his works, from early animation The Wonderful Adventure Of Nils (1982) to the Sci-Fi hit Ghost In The Shell (1995).
The Cinema Prism section will introduce fifteen films mainly from Asia, such as the Hong Kong comedy Love On A Diet starring Andy Lau and Murali Nair's black comedy A Dog's Day. The Nippon Cinema Classics section will screen seven Japanese films featuring seven legendary actresses from the 1940s to the 1960s, while the Nippon Cinema Now section will present eight recent Japanese films, including hot new director Akihiko Shiota's Harmful Insect and Takashi Miike's Agitator. Among other special events will be a panel discussion on the protection of digital content copyright.
The Tokyo International Film Festival is held concurrently with four other auxilliary festivals.
The Tokyo International Fantastic Film festival 2001 which will present 30 influential titles from around the world including Ben-Hur, Black Rain, Spy Kids and Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira.
The Tokyo International Women's Film Festival which will feature films from nine countries by fifteen women directors, including Lisa Krueger's Committed and Agnes Varda's The Gleaners.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney, the Disney Film Festival will screen 10 Disney classics.
Finally, Korean Cinema Week will showcase six recent Korean feature films.