Veteran Hollywood superstar Robert de Niro graced the Tokyo International Film Festival at the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo, confirming that this year’s edition is the most star-studded yet. He’s attending the festival to screen his latest movie, The Family (Malavita) directed by award-winning French filmmaker Luc Besson.
De Niro, the iconic star of such hits as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, expressed his appreciation of the hundreds of fans who turned out to catch a glimpse of their idol. He good-naturedly remarked that Japanese fans are very well-behaved compared to the people in the West who would be screaming and “going crazy”. Accompanied by his wife Grace Hightower, he signed autographs for those who patiently waited for him, and went through the whole gamut of media interviews to promote his movie. The dark comedy is about a, what else, mob family who had to move to France under the witness protection program. It also stars fellow veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Glee star Dianna Agron.
This year’s Tokyo Film Fest had the highest number of international celebrities to grace it, with Tom Hanks, directors Paul Greengrass (Captain Philipps), Francis Ford Coppola and Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring) attending the opening last week. This Hollywood star power was despite the conscious decision of the organizers to focus on Japanese and Asian films, particularly new and first-time directors.
[ via Hollywood Reporter ]
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