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No Hollywood? No problem as Tokyo film festival ends on a high

Audiences turn out for Asian film premieres long delayed by COVID pandemic

Guests were socially distanced with plastic screens on the red carpet of the Tokyo International Film Festival.   © 2020 TIFF

TOKYO -- Can art ever be appreciated out of context?

That's a question the lead character grapples with in Taiwanese film "The Painting of Evil," director Chen Yung-chi's entry in this year's Tokyo International Film Festival. Attacked by grieving families when he decides to exhibit paintings by a prisoner on death row, he cries "art for art's sake!"

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