The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Cirque du Soleil 3-D fantasy film to open Tokyo fest


TOKYO (REUTERS) - Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, a 3-D fantasy film executive-produced by Avatar director James Cameron, will open the Tokyo International Film Festival on Oct 20, organisers said on Wednesday.

Written and directed by Andrew Adamson, who helmed the first two Chronicles Of Narnia movies, Worlds Away follows a young couple that becomes separated and must journey through dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other.

The film, which makes its world premiere at the Tokyo festival screening out of competition, incorporates performances shot in 3-D from actual shows by the circus-arts entertainers.

Cameron, whose Titanic premiered at the Tokyo festival in 1997, is one of Hollywood's biggest proponents of 3-D. He said last month he would open a joint venture to provide 3-D filming technology in China, where audience demand for the format is booming.