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Friday, Dec. 5, 2003


NHK presents fifth Asian filmfest

The fifth annual NHK Asian Film Festival will be held Dec.13-21 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Hall in Ebisu. The highlight of the 16-film festival will be the Japanese premieres of major Asian works.

The works include "Osama," winner of the Camera d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival this year and the first Afghan film to be made since the fall of the Taliban; the Indian film "A Story That Begins at the End (Arimpara)," directed by Murali Nair; the Chinese film "Floating Landscape" by Carol Lai Miu-set; "The Hunter," a film from Kazakstan; and "Five Dedicated to Ozu," an homage to cinema legend Yasujiro Ozu commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, directed by Iranian film master Abbas Kiarostami.

Additionally, the festival will present films that have received the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers' Award in the past, such as the Japanese film "Go!" and the U.S. films "Lift" and "The Doe Boy."

Tickets are 800 yen in advance; 1,000 yen on the day. Three-movie passes are available for 1,800 yen. For more information and a screening schedule see www.nhk.or.jp/sun_asia/ or call (03) 3481-7850.

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