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Five Asian world premieres compete at Tokyo fest

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NEW DELHI: Five Asian films will have their world premieres in competition at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival next month. The Festival will be held from 17-25 October.

The entries include two films from Japanese directors, Fukada Koji’s Au revoir l'été and actor-turned-director Sakaki Hideo's Disregarded People based on George Akiyama's novel.

Fukada's debut film, Hospitalité (2010), debuted at the Tokyo festival three years ago in a now-retired section for local indies. His new film stars Nikaido Fumi as a teenager having a holiday romance.

Non-Japanese Asian films competing are Ning Ying's To Live and Die in Ordos from China, Jun Robles Lana's dramaBarber's Tales from the Philippines, and the Kim Ki-duk produced black comedy Red Family.

Non-Asian films in the 15-strong competition include Daniele Luchetti's drama Those Happy Days from Italy, Levan Koguashvili's comedy Blind Dates from Georgia and Richard Ayoade's thriller The Double from the UK.

The jury, headed by Chinese director Chen Kaige, is comprised of South Korean actress Mun So-ri, Japanese actress Terajima Shinobu, UK-Australian producer Chris Brown and American director Chris Weitz.

They are 22 Japanese feature films in the lineup, representing more than half the Asian titles. There are also six films from Taiwan, part of an already-announced special focus, and three each from China and Philippines.

The Special Screenings section includes films by Shinjo Takehiko, Kumazawa Naoto and Motoki Katsuhide alongside films directed by Luc Besson, Sofia Coppola and Steven Soderbergh.

Dante Lam’s Unbeatable and Vicki Zhao’s So Young screen in the World Focus section with Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman (Netherlands), Amal Escalante's Heli (Mexico) and Ulrich Seidl's Love trilogy (Austria).

Two new competitive sections have been introduced this year, Asian Future and Japanese Cinema Splash, to replace the long-running Winds of Asia-Middle East (2007-2012) and Japanese Eyes (2004-2012) respectively.

The new Asian Future section for first- and second-time directors includes Juno MAK's Rigor Mortis, Mikhail RED's Rekorder and Kim Jeong-hun's Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) graduation feature Stray Dogs.

Japanese Cinema Splash, includes new films by Ogata Akira, Saito Hisashi and Matsui Daigo. It will also screen the winning film of the 35th Pia Film Festival (14-20 September 2013).

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