Actor Ralph Fiennes and producer Gabrielle Tana appear on the red carpet during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival on Thursday night. Their film, "The White Crow," which is about the life of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, is entered in the Competition section. Photo: JAPAN TODAY/David Jaskiewicz
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Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off with 'A Star Is Born'

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The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off on Thursday with the screening of "A Star Is Born," although star Lady Gaga and co-star and director Bradley Cooper were not on hand.

The red carpet was rolled out in Roppongi on the first day of the festival, welcoming stars and filmmakers from across the globe, although there were few big names from overseas, other than Ralph Fiennes whose biopic of Rudolf Nureyev, "The White Crow," is entered in the Competition category.

Most of the stars walking the red carpet were Japanese and Asian celebrities.

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Japanese actresses representing "21 Century Girl," an anthology of short films produced and directed by Japanese director U-ki Yamato, pose for a photo on the red carpet on Thursday, Oct 25 for the opening of the 31st Tokyo Film Festival in Tokyo's Roppongi district. Photo: JAPAN TODAY/David Jaskiewicz

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The cast of "One Cut of the Dead," a low-budget-turned blockbuster film directed by Shinichiro Ueda (fourth from left on first row), pose for a photo at the opening of the 31st Tokyo Film Festival on Thursday in Tokyo's Roppongi district. Photo: JAPAN TODAY/ Alexandra Homma

TIFF will also hold a gala screening event on Oct 29, presenting the world premiere of Japanese film "The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps," directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi and starring Ryoko Shinohara and Hidetoshi Nishijima. The story follows a couple whose marriage is about to end as they face reality when their daughter suddenly falls into a coma after nearly drowning in a pool. What decision will the couple make? Will the outcome be a tragedy or a miracle?

TIFF will host a Halloween event on Friday night with the Midnight Film Festival, where guests are invited to gather in Halloween costumes.

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Voice actors Mamoru Miyano, second from right, Takahiro Sakurai, second from left, and directors Kobun Shizuno (far left) and Hiroyuki Seshita (far right) pose with Godzilla. The animation "Godzilla: The Planet Eater" is TIFF's closing film. Photo: JAPAN TODAY/David Jaskiewicz

"Godzilla: The Planet Eater," co-directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, the final entry in the landmark animated “Godzilla” trilogy, will close the festival on Nov 3, which is Godzilla’s birthday.

For more information on the festival and tickets, click here.

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