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Friday, Oct. 31, 2003


A world of cinema in Shibuya

The 16th Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off today in Tokyo's Shibuya area and will run until Nov. 9. This year's opening film will be Yoshimitsu Morita's "Like Asura." Pixar's latest animation, "Finding Nemo," will close the nine-day event. Among the Japan premieres are Steven Soderbergh's "Full Frontal," Jane Campion's "In the Cut" and Jim Sheridan's "In America."

In addition to 15 films in competition and an expansive selection of Asian cinema, the festival will host a wide spectrum of special events and screenings. These include retrospectives honoring filmmakers Ko Nakamura and Federico Fellini; a program of Japanese animation, past and present; and Nippon Cinema Classics, which will focus on the early works of legendary Japanese actresses.

Also of note are the works of young Japanese filmmakers to be screened in Nippon Cinema Now; the Fantastic Film Festival; the Women's Film Festival; and showcases of recent Australian and Korean movies.

Advance tickets are available through Ticket Pia, 0570-02-9999. For more information see the festival Web site at www.tiff-jp.net or call (03) 5237-8600.

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