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Friday, Nov. 14, 2003


FILMeX readies mix of 33 movies

Following on the footsteps of the Tokyo International Film Festival is Tokyo FILMeX 2003, a smaller festival that focuses on quality instead of quantity.

Showing 33 films at 62 screenings, the nine-day festival showcases both cutting-edge and classic films, with a strong emphasis on Asian cinema.

Running Nov. 22-30, Tokyo FILMeX will present nine films from up-and-coming Asian filmmakers in competition, a program of well-recognized directors and a retrospective of Hiroshi Shimizu, as well as Iranian films made before the Islamic Revolution.

Highlights in the Special Screening include Kim Ki Duk's "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring," Jang Sun Woo's "Resurrection of the Little Match Girl," Amos Gitai's "Alila," and Alexander Sokurov's "Father and Son."

Festival screenings will be held at Ginza Cine La Sept, Yurakucho Asahi Hall and the National Film Center. Advance tickets are 1,200 yen; 1,500 yen at the door. Excluding films in the special Iranian cinema program, most of the films will have English and Japanese subtitles.

For more information call (03) 3560-6394 or see the festival Web site, www.filmex.net.

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