New Takashi Miike title to close Fantasia

Final tranche of films revealed

by Jennie Kermode

The Great Yokai War: Guardians
The Great Yokai War: Guardians

The final titles were added to this year's Fantasia line-up today, and it was revealed that the festival will close with The Great Yokai War: Guardians. Helmed by Takashi Miike, it sees Japanese demons going head to head in a battle on which the fate of the world could depend.

Other freshly added highlights include the brutal puppet mayhem of Frank And Zed, and unforgettable English documentary Alien On Stage.

The festival team also revealed today that they will be presenting writer, director and video artist Shunji Iwai with a Career Achievement award, recognising his 30 years of distinctive contributions to cinema. His latest work, The 12 Day Tale Of The Monster That Died In 8, will be screening as part of this year's line-up along with earlier works April Story, All About Lily Chou-Chou and Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?

Also receiving an award this year is Phil Tippett, a master of stop motion animation whose work has appeared in the likes of Robocop, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers and the original Star Wars trilogy. His new film Mad God will be screening at the festival.

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