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Press Conference Announcement: 28th TIFF to Open with “The Walk” and Close with “TERMINAL”

2015.07.28
The press conference to announce the event outline of the 28th edition of Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) was held today, on July 28 at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.

The press conference opened with a welcoming address from Yasushi SHIINA (Director General, TIFF & TIFFCOM). Following this, new festival venues in Shinjuku City and newly added sections; Panorama, Japan Now, Japanese Classics, were introduced. Also the OPENING FILM and the CLOSING FILM of the 28th TIFF were announced. “The Walk” directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt will open the festival and the “TERMINAL” directed by Tetsuo Shinohara, starring Koichi Sato, will close the 28th TIFF.

Also this year’s July President was announced. Bryan Singer, the director of The Usual Suspects which won two Academy Awards® and the Tokyo Gold Prize in Young Cinema Competition at the 8th TIFF will serve as the head of jury.

In addition, Isao YUKISADA, Sotho Kulikar and Brillante Mendoza, the three directors of the omnibus film project, “Asian Three-Fold Mirror” came up on the stage as guests and the outline of the project was revealed. Three directors will be filming it in Asian countries and the world premiere of their completed project will be screened in 2016, at the 29th TIFF. Also it is planned to be presented at major film festival around the world and to be released in Japan and abroad.

OPENING FILM of the 28th TIFF – “The Walk”
Twelve people have walked on the moon. Only one has ever, or will ever, walk where Philippe Petit did in 1974. Overcoming odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls, he executes a seemingly impossible plan. An emotional, character-driven story.
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Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon
[The film will be released by Sony Pictures on January 23, 2016 in Japan.]

CLOSING FILM of the 28th TIFF – “TERMINAL”
A final stop becomes a starting station.
The masterpiece of Shino Sakuragi, who won the 149th Naoki Prize at HOTEL ROYAL in 2013, is in motion picture. In Kushiro, Hokkaido, a pair who abandoned their own lives encounters and develops a moving drama by restarting new lives.
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Director: Tetsuo Shinohara
Cast: Koichi Sato, Tsubasa Honda, Machiko Ono
[The film will be released by TOEI on November 7, 2015 in Japan.]

Press Conference Announcement: 28th TIFF to Open with “The Walk” and Close with “TERMINAL”
OPENING FILM of the 28th TIFF – “The Walk”
OPENING FILM of the 28th TIFF – “The Walk”
CLOSING FILM of the 28th TIFF – “TERMINAL”
CLOSING FILM of the 28th TIFF – “TERMINAL”