The opening and closing films for the 26th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) have been announced.
Opening the festival, which runs Oct 17-25, will be “Captain Phillips.” It stars two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass who is expected to visit Tokyo, along with Hanks for the opening ceremony.
A Japanese film, “The Kiyosu Conference,” was selected as the closing film for the first time in seven years. Directed by Koki Mitani, it tells the story about the conference which decided Nobunaga Oda’s successor.
The organizing committee also announced that actress Chiaki Kuriyama, 28, will be the “Festival Muse.”
“I love watching movies but also as an actress, I feel the joy of entertainment in film making through strong teamwork,” Kuriyama said. “So this is a great honor for me to be a part of this wonderful festival that connects Japan and the world.”