Back for the 31st time, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will screen more than 200 films, including some upcoming releases, from different countries. Don’t let the “film festival” in the name intimidate you—you don’t have to be a connoisseur of art-house films to enjoy the festival. While the schedule and full lineup is still TBA as of this writing, rest assured that the festival doesn’t just feature art films. Mainstream hits are also part of the lineup; in fact, the opening film of last year’s TIFF was Fullmetal Alchemist, the live-action adaptation of the manga and anime of the same name.
For most TIFF screenings, buying tickets online is required. Be on the lookout for updates, as tickets for much-awaited films sell out quickly. Some screenings, such as the world premiere of Fullmetal Alchemist, will distribute tickets by lottery.