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Monday, 8th August 2011
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Tokyo International Film Festival 2011 to open with the Three Musketeers

The latest instalment of the Tokyo International Film Festival, set to be held from October 22nd to October 30th, will open with the national premier of the new movie adaptation of the Three Musketeers.

The much-anticipated decision for the film festival's opening film was announced today (August 8th) by the organisation behind the event. The film adaptation of the Alexander Dumas book will be the tenth directorial release by Mortal Kombat film-maker Paul W S Anderson.

Starring Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Christopher Waltz, the movie is influenced by the 'steampunk' aesthetic, which merges the steam-powered machinery of Victorian England with a science fiction inventiveness.

Christopher Waltz, who won the Best Supporting Actor gong at the 2009 Academy Awards for his turn as the evil Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarentino's last film, will be picking up the role of the villain again, starring as Richlieu opposite the musketeers played by Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson.

The Three Musketeers was penned by Dumas, the Count of Monte Cristo writer, in 1844. It tells the story of the adventures of the trio of eponymous soldiers: Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

Showings for this autumn's festival, which will be the 24th annual event, will be held in venues across the Japanese capital, including at the Roppongi Hills theatre. So far, one of the films that has been revealed to be on the schedule is A Story From Chikamatsu, which will be shown as part of a retrospective on the career of Japanese actress Kyoko Kagawa.

The Tokyo International Film Festival will also be holding its own range of awards, such as those for best actress, best director and the much-coveted Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix. Former winners of the latter prize include City of Hope, made in the United States of America, and Japenese film What the Snow Brings.

Written by Susan Ballion

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