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Friday, 27th February 2009
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International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 opens

The International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 opened in Yubari City yesterday (February 26th).

A crowd of around 600 people turned up for the first day of the event to see Japanese film star such as comic actor Guts Ishimatsy and actress Keiko Takahashi.

During the five-day festival, more than 60 films will be shown including hit movie Slumdog Millionaire which recently won eight awards at the Oscars.

Established in 1990, the film festival was brought to a close three years ago due to economic difficulties faced by the host town following the closure of local coal mines. However, the event was relaunched in 2008 thanks to a non-profit organisation, reports Japan Today.

The city is also famous for the Yubari Melon, one of Japan's most expensive varieties of the juicy fruit which are often given as summer gifts.

The main station in the city is Yubari Station on the Sekisho Line.

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