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Tokyo film festival opens against the odds

Japan's entertainment industry stirs back to life

The 33rd Tokyo International Film festival will screen over 100 films, including 25 world premieres and 11 first directorial features. (Source photos by 2020 TIFF, 2020 UNDERDOG FILM PARTNERS, Lilies Films and Mochiru Hoshisato, Shogakukan/NagoyaTV)

In times of economic stress -- the Great Depression, the 2008 global financial crisis -- the idea is that spending on small, escapist luxuries like cinemagoing, rises. This year is different.

Unsure how to gather audiences, festival after exhibition after concert have been felled by the coronavirus outbreak, from the Venice Biennales -- postponed to 2021 and 2022 -- to the Cannes Film Festival, which was held purely online.

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