Jude Law, Martin Scorsese to visit Tokyo
Actor Jude Law and director Martin Scorsese will visit Tokyo next week to promote their latest films. Law will attend the Japan premiere of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (which opens on March 10), while Scorsese will be here to promote “Hugo” (which opens in Japan on March 1).
Law, who plays Dr Watson, is doing the honors since star Robert Downey Jr is unable to enter Japan due to his past convictions for drug use. Downey was last in Japan in 2008 to promote “Iron Man,” at which time he was questioned for hours at Narita airport. Authorities relented and allowed him in, but informed him that he would be persona non grata for future visits.
Scorsese was last in Japan to promote “The Departed” in 2006.
Stars have recently started returning to Japan to promote their films. After the March 11 disaster, very few top stars came to Japan (unlike musicians), until Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise got the ball rolling again late last year.