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The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival marked its opening Tuesday afternoon with a traditional red carpet ceremony that was heavy on Asian stars and filmmakers.

With the festival abandoning its modern, eco-friendly “green carpet” this year, domestic stars dominated the promenade at the Roppongi Hills Arena, with special attention given to director Shunji Iwai, whose films are being given a special retrospective.

Director Shunji Iwai, whose works are being featured in a retrospective, and actress and
Director Shunji Iwai, whose works are being featured in a retrospective, and actress and ‘festival muse’ Haru Kuroki | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Ando Sakura, from the cast of
Ando Sakura, from the cast of ‘Shimajima Kaisho’ (‘Sound of Waves’) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Director Madoka Kumagai and actresses Miho Tsumiki and Reiko Tajima, representing Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2016
Director Madoka Kumagai and actresses Miho Tsumiki and Reiko Tajima, representing Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2016 | MARK THOMPSON
Cast of
Cast of ‘Harmonium’ and director Koji Fukada (far right) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
A red carpet participant takes a selfie with Kumamon, who
A red carpet participant takes a selfie with Kumamon, who’s appropriately in formal attire. | MARK THOMPSON
Chinese-Canadian singer/actor Kris Wu, who stars in
Chinese-Canadian singer/actor Kris Wu, who stars in ‘My Sweet Sixteen,’ showing in China Film Week in Tokyo | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Cast of
Cast of ‘Hentaida’ (‘I am a Pervert’) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Cast of
Cast of ‘Taikutsuna Hinichi ni Sayonara wo’ (‘Same Old, Same Old’) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Cast and creators of
Cast and creators of ‘Poolsideman’ | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Filipino director Jun Lana (center left) and actor Paolo Ballesteros (center right), who transformed himself into Angelina Jolie for TIFF, with the creators of
Filipino director Jun Lana (center left) and actor Paolo Ballesteros (center right), who transformed himself into Angelina Jolie for TIFF, with the creators of ‘Die Beautiful.’ | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Actor Masahiko Tsugawa and Isao Yukisada, director of
Actor Masahiko Tsugawa and Isao Yukisada, director of ‘Pigeon,’ a segment of the ‘Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016’ omnibus film. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Cast of
Cast of ‘Japanese Girls Never Die’ which stars Yu Aoi (center left) and Mitsuki Takahata (center right) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Japanese anime director Mamoru Hosoda (right)
Japanese anime director Mamoru Hosoda (right) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Wang Zitong and Feng Mei, director of
Wang Zitong and Feng Mei, director of ‘Mr. No Problem,’ which is part of the festival’s Competition program. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Ottavia Piccolo (left) and Ambra Angiolini (center) of
Ottavia Piccolo (left) and Ambra Angiolini (center) of ‘7 minuti’ (‘7 Minutes’) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Jacky Cai and Francis Ng from the Hong Kong film
Jacky Cai and Francis Ng from the Hong Kong film ‘Shed Skin Papa.’ | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Louis Koo from the Hong Kong film
Louis Koo from the Hong Kong film ‘Shed Skin Papa.’ | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Kiki Sugino (center) of ‘Yukionna’ (‘Snow Woman’) | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Film director and TIFF jury member Mabel Cheung
Film director and TIFF jury member Mabel Cheung | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Film director and TIFF jury chairman Jean-Jacques Beineix
Film director and TIFF jury chairman Jean-Jacques Beineix | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Actor and TIFF jury member Valerio Mastandrea
Actor and TIFF jury member Valerio Mastandrea | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Director and TIFF jury member Hideyuki Hirayama
Director and TIFF jury member Hideyuki Hirayama | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Masahiro Higashide, Kenichi Matsuyama and director Yoshitaka Mori from
Masahiro Higashide, Kenichi Matsuyama and director Yoshitaka Mori from ‘Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow.’ | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Meryl Streep of
Meryl Streep of ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ which opened the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Festival Muse Haru Kuroki, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda.
Festival Muse Haru Kuroki, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda. | YOSHIAKI MIURA