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THE TOKYO In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (TIFF) has that the work of two iconic directors: Mamoru Hosoda and Shuni Iwai, will be in fo­cus at the 29th TIFF, run­ning Oc­to­ber 25-Novem­ber 3, 2016. This year’s An­i­ma­tion Fo­cus will put the spotlight on Mamoru Hosoda, the in­ven­tive di­rec­tor whose Sum­mer Wars (09) and Wolf Chil­dren (12) were both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal hits, and whose lat­est fea­ture, The Boy and the Beast (15), be­came the high­est-gross­ing lo­cal film at the Ja­panese box of­fice in 2015. It was also dis­trib­uted in nearly 50 ter­ri­to­ries over­seas. For TIFF’S Ja­pan Now sec­tion, the Di­rec­tor in Fo­cus will be LIGHT­NING En­ter­tain­ment has an­nounced the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket pre­miere of mixed mar­tial arts (MMA) ac­tion movie Star­ring Alexan­der Nevsky Casper Van Dien

and Tia Car­rere It is di­rected by, and co-stars Mark Da­cas­cos

The film was re­leased ear­lier this spring, the­atri­cally, in Russia/cis, earn­ing close to $1m. The next the­atri­cal re­lease is planned for the Philip­pines. “is a joyride for die-hard fans of the genre as well as all-ac­tion/thriller lovers,” Light­ning Shuni Iwai, whose youth-fo­cused vi­sion has been dubbed the “Iwai Aes­thetic.” This can be seen in films like (95), which put him on the world stage, or (01) and (04), or in his lat­est film, (16). Fol­low­ing a push to be­come more in­ter­na­tional, in the last two years, TIFF has launched new sec­tions to show­case the best of Ja­panese film­mak­ers. The Ja­panese Clas­sics sec­tion high­lights mas­ter­pieces demmed ready to re­dis­cover, while Ja­panese Cin­ema Splash, a com­pet­i­tive sec­tion, in­tro­duces new works by in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers.

LF En­ter­tain­ment’s head of sales, Mathilde Ep­stein, said. “It’s both ex­tremely fun and ex­tremely thrilling, watch­ing these hu­man weapons un­leashed on ar­che­typal evil. is a film that will keep au­di­ences en­thralled and on the edges of their seats from start to fin­ish.” is pro­duced by Alexan­der Nevsky, through his La-based pro­duc­tion com­pany, Hol­ly­wood Storm. Nevsky is an es­tab­lished movie star in his na­tive Russia and three-time Mr. Universe body­build­ing cham­pion. Light­ning En­ter­tain­ment is han­dling world­wide rights on the film and will be screen­ing it for distrib­u­tors for the first time in Cannes. JN

Casper Van Dien.

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