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“King and the Clown” Invited to Tokyo Film Festival

2006/08/02 | Permalink | Source

The film "The King and the Clown", which has drawn the most viewers in the domestic box-office history, has been invited to the "Special Screenings" category of this year's Tokyo International Film Festival.

The festival's organizing committee selects film for special screenings based on strict criteria. Last year, the committee invited the Korean movie "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" directed by Park Chan-wook.

Other films that were invited this year include the environmental documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", produced by and starring former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, and "Kisarazu Cat's Eye", a film about Japanese young people starring Junichi Okada.

A Japanese magazine has recently reported that this year's festival will become a competition between two "pretty men"--South Korea's Lee Joon-gi, who appears in "The King and the Clown", and Japan's Junichi Okada.

The anime film "Animecs TIFF" will be screened in the anime film section, while "Paprika", which has advanced to this year's Venice Film Festival, will be shown at the opening ceremony.

The film "Flags of Our Fathers", produced by American actor/director Clint Eastwood, will be screened at the opening ceremony of the festival. The closing ceremony will be adorned with the mystery film "The Inugamis", directed by Kon Ichikawa and starring Matsushima Nanako. Ichikawa, who won the 3rd Akira Kurosawa award for his contributions to cinematography, appeared at the film announcement venue in a wheelchair.

The 19th Tokyo International Film Festival will be held October 21-29 in Tokyo. Some 300 films will compete in several categories, including "Special Screenings", "Competition", "Winds of Asia" and "Japanese Eyes".

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