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Tuesday, 21st October 2008
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Tokyo International Film Festival opens

The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has opened in the Japanese capital celebrating this year's theme: "Ecology = Preservation of Earth's Environment".

Guests arriving at the opening ceremony at Roppongi HillS were invited to walk along a symbolic green carpet, replacing the traditional red version.

A total of 315 films will be shown during the nine-day event - now in it's 21st year - with many of the actors and directors involved being present.

Japanese prime minister Taro Aso put in an appearance at the opening ceremony and spoke of his love of manga comic animation, reports Japan Today.

A jury led by Hollywood star Jon Voight will select the cream of the cinematic crop for special recognition on October 26th.

Yoshino Kimura, an actress whose films include Paradise Lost and The Samurai I Loved, was recently also announced as a Tiff ambassador.

Accepting the role, Ms Kimura commented: "It is a great honour to be inaugurated as the first ambassador."