‘The Villainess’ and Takashi Miike’s ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’ to Open Fantasia Film Festival

The 21st edition of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, the largest genre film festival in North America, is scheduled to run from July 13 to August 2, 2017.

It has just released its first list of titles, with its opening slots reserved for Jung Byung-gil’s Korean action-thriller The Villainess and Takashi Miike’s Japanese film Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I.

Kim Ok-bin in The Villainess (Source: Hollywood Reporter)

The Villainess stars Kim Ok-bin as a ruthless assassin blackmailed into working as a sleeper agent for the government.

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At its Cannes world premiere earlier this year, the film received a four-minute standing ovation from the audience.

Kento Yamazaki and Yusuke Iseya in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Source: Anime News Network)

 

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is prolific director Miike’s live-action version of the eponymous best-selling manga, written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It tells the story of a family whose various members discover they are destined to take down supernatural foes using unique powers in their possession.

The film is the first co-production between Warner Bros. and the Japanese company Toho, and is scheduled to release in Japan on August 4, 2017. It is based on the fourth arc of the manga, with possibility of further sequels depending on the response to the film.

 

Some other eagerly awaited titles among the 130 films to be screened at Fantasia are Cho Sun-ho’s directorial debut A Day, Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City of Thousand Planets, Gela Babluani’s Money Money and Brazilian writer-director Gabriela Amaral Almeida’s Friendly Beast. The full line-up of this year’s festival will be announced on July 5.

Source: Hollywood Reporter