Tokyo International Film Festival to Present a Special Screening at Kabukiza Theatre - Chaplin's City Lights (1931)

Tokyo International Film Festival to Present a Special Screening at Kabukiza Theatre - Chaplin's City Lights (1931)

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival has just announced at the press conference to hold a special screening on October 27 for The First Time in cooperation with Kabukiza, a hub that conveys Japanese traditional culture to the world. Charles Chaplin, "the king of comedy," still attracts people 100 years after his screen debut. Kabukiza opened to the public for The First Time in 1889, the year of his birth. Chaplin responded with enthusiasm and excitement to every aspect of Japanese culture, in particular kabuki.

Records state Chaplin actually visited Kabukiza when he came to Japan in 1932. It is also reported that a Sewamono (a genre of contemporary setting plays in kabuki) titled "Koumori no yasu san" ("Yasu the Bat") was presented at Kabukiza after kabuki related people returned from the United States, where they were impressed by City Lights, one of Chaplin's masterpieces.

Considering this relation between Kabukiza and Chaplin, TIFF selected City Lights for the special screening at Kabukiza. In this event, many guests invited from Japan and overseas will enjoy the kabuki performance by a Kabuki actor before the special screening of City Lights.

*The performance of October 27 will not be "Koumori no yasu san."

Title of the Film: City Lights

A touching human drama presented by the king of comedy, Charles Chaplin. Charlie faces a series of troubles to rescue a blind woman! A challenging silent movie produced by the king of comedy, Charles Chaplin, who dared to fight against the waves of the increasing sound films.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee


The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) started in 1985 as Japan's first major film festival and the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). Since then, TIFF has grown to become one of the leading film festivals in Asia. Every year for nine days, filmmakers and film fans of all ages gather in Tokyo to enjoy excellent films from around the world and TIFF's many colorful events. These include the affiliated multi-content market, TIFFCOM, seminars for professionals and symposiums and workshops for networking with the world film industries, developing international co-productions, and promoting the global film business. The 27th TIFF will take place October 23-31, 2014 at Roppongi Hills, TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi and other venues in Tokyo. TIFFCOM2014?(as part of Japan Content Showcase2014) will take place October 21-23, 2014 in the Tokyo Bay area.

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