Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, nestled away amidst the snow of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, is one of ScreenAnarchy's favourite celebrations of the weird and wonderful. Bringing together the best of Japan's more out-there filmmakers it offers a great opportunity to catch an amazing selection of genre-fare you just won't find anywhere else; the good, the bad and the ugly. This year promises to be particularly special as the festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Kicking off on the 19 February, the festival has made its first announcement on the lineup, introducing actor/director Matsuo Suzuki's latest A Farewell to Jinu as the Opening Film. Based on a manga series, the film stars Matsuda Ryuhei and concerns a man who develops a deep fear of money who moves to a small and remote village to deal with his phobia. The film is the first directorial effort from Suzuki since 2007's Welcome to the Quiet Room. The Closing Film will be Rob Marshall's fantasy musical Into The Woods.
The announcement also stated that South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk will be in attendance.
Other films announced are as follows:
Chef - Dir. Jon Favreau, USA
Kuchibiru ni uta o - Takahiro Miki, Japan
Birdman - Alejandro González Iñárritu, USA
The Theory of Everything - James Marsh, USA
One on One - Dir. Kim Ki-duk, South Korea
The Imitation Game - Morten Tyldum, USA
Expect more lineup news to follow, but for now check out the trailer A Farewell to Jinu below.
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