Tsuguhiko Kadokawa (pictured), president of Kadokawa-Daiei Pictures, has been appointed general producer of the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Kadokawa succeeds Michiyasu Kawauchi, who produced the 2001 and 2002 editions of the festival, and whose brief reign was marked by controversy, particularly when three films were disqualified from the competition section of the festival's 15th edition last year.
Kadokawa heads Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, whose wide-ranging media interests include Asmik Ace Entertainment, a production and distribution joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation, best known for the Ring horror series, and Kadokawa-Daiei Pictures, a subsidiary formed following Kadokawa's $12m acquisition of film producer Daiei from Tokuma Shoten Publishing.
Kadokawa-Daiei is planning to remake the 1966 monster film Daimajin and is negotiating with Toho to co-produce an on-screen match-up between Godzilla and Gamera, Daiei's giant flying turtle.
Among Kadokawa's executive producer credits are The Emperor And The Assassin, Lost Paradise, Sleepless Town, Black House and Jubaku: Spellbound.