2017.09.16 [Updates]
30th TIFF Full Lineup of Special Screenings Section Unveiled

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce the Special Screenings Section lineup, including the Opening and Closing Films for our 30th anniversary edition.
Opening Film: Fullmetal Alchemist
Closing Film: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Special Opening Presentaion: Legend of the Demon Cat
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The festival trailer is now available at TIFF official website, and will be screened at theaters from September 16. All lineup for this year’s festival will be announced at the press conference on September 26, 2017.
The 30th TIFF will take place October 25 – November 3, 2017 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Ropponngi and other theaters in Tokyo.

■Special Screenings Section Lineup

ENDLESS POETRY (2016/ France=Chile= Japan)


Legendary cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Holy Mountain, El Topo, reimagines his youth spent as an aspiring poet in the surreal and breathlessly inventive Endless Poetry.
Director: Alejandro Jodorwsky
Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky
Official Website (Japanese)

GARO -KAMINOKIBA- (2017/ Japan) – World Premiere

© 2017 “KAMINOKIBA” Keita Amemiya / Tohokushinsha

The latest installment of “Garo” franchise continuing from 2005.
When reunited 3 Makai Knights, Ryuga, Takeru and Aguri, they are confronted with Ryuga’s longtime enemy Jinga.
And now, the battle of the series biggest scale begins.
Director: Keita Amemiya
Cast: Wataru Kuriyama, Junya Ikeda, Tsunenori Aoki
Official Website (Japanese)

KUBO and the TWO STRINGS (2016/ USA) – Japanese Premier

©2016 TWO STRINGS, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

A boy named Kubo who has a magical gift for spinning origami tales with the sound of his shamisen sets out on a quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father. An amazing stop-motion emaki from LAIKA!
Director: Travis Knight
Cast: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara
Official Website (Japanese)

The Shape of Water (2017/ USA) – Japanese Premier
The Shape of Water

©2017 Twentieth Century Fox

Wins the 74th Venice Golden Lion! An epic fantasy romance created by one of the most innovative contemporary filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer

Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds (2017/Japan) – World Premiere
Shashin Koshien Summer in 0.5 Seconds


Eighteen high schools compete for top honors in Shashin Koshien, a national photography contest. Set in the expansive wilderness of Hokkaido, competitors fight to capture the beauty of Japan and the human spirit. Inspired by true events and directed by Hiroshi Sugawara.
Director: Hiroshi Sugawara
Cast: Natsuki Kasa, Shoma Kai, Yoko Akino
Official Website (Japanese)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017/ UK) – Asian Premiere
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

©2017 Twentieth Century Fox

Awarded the best screenplay in 74th Venice International Film Festival. Academy winner director/writer, Martin McDonagh and Academy winner, Frances McDormand present the masterpiece of crime suspense drama.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

The Stand-In Thief (2017/Japan)
The Stand-In Thief

©2017 “The Stand-In Thief” Production Committee

An ex-thief sneaks into a stately mansion where he falls victim to wild cases of mistaken identity. Will he be able to escape intact and return to the arms of his beloved?
Director: Masafumi Nishida
Cast: Ryuhei Maruyama, Masachika Ichimura, Yusuke Santamaria
Official Website (Japanese)

MIKO GIRL (2017/Japan)

©2017 MIKO GIRL Production Committee

The daughter of a Shinto priest, the shrine maiden Shiwasu takes care of the five-year-old boy Kenta under extraordinary circumstances. This is the story of Shiwasu’s growth as a woman, intertwined with the rules and etiquette of the shrine, and its behind the scenes workings.
Director: Gu Suyeon
Cast: Alice Hirose, Taiki Yamaguchi, Lily Franky

Mr Long (2017/Japan=Hong Kong=Taiwan=Germany) – Japanese Premiere
Mr Long


Dream collaboration between director Sabu, whose films have been screened at many international film festivals, and Chinese star Chang Chen, who has appeared in various films, from arthouse masterpieces to epic Hollywood productions.
Director: SABU
Cast: Chang Chen, Sho Aoyagi, Yao Yi-ti
Official Website (Japanese)

Midnight Bus (2017/Japan) – World Premiere
Midnight Bus

©2017 MIDNIGHT BUS film committee

This is a film adaptation of Yuki Ibuki’s novel, which was nominated for the 151st Naoki Prize. It sensitively depicts the moving story of a family struggling to find their way to begin again.
Director: Masao Takeshita
Cast: Taizo Harada, Mirai Yamamoto, Manami Konishi
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MUTAFUKAZ (2016/France=Japan) – Asian Premiere


After a scooter accident, Angelino starts having strange hallucinations. With his buddy Vinz, he tries to figure out what’s happening to him while threatening men in black seem determined to catch him.
Director: GUILLAUME “RUN” RENARD, Shojiro Nishimi
Cast: Orelsan, Gringe, Redouanne Harjane, Féodor Atkine

Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA (2017/USA=Japan) – Japanese Premiere
Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA


A portrait of Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, from pop icon of Japan’s technological aspirations to leading activist post-Fukushima, through battling cancer to his return to music for a major new opus.
Director: Stephen Nomura Schible
Cast: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Official Website (Japanese)

Logan Lucky (2017/USA) – Japanese Premiere
Logan Lucky


The latest film directed by Steven Soderbergh, who brought us the Ocean’s 11 series. An elaborate heist takes place during a car race, starring Daniel Craig and an all-star ensemble cast.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
Official Website (Japanese)

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