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Special screening, ticket giveaway set 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival in motion

This image shows the main cast from "Ramen Teh" (c) Zhao Wei Films/Wild Orange Artists

TOKYO -- Preparations for the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) in October are in motion, with organizers arranging a special screening of a film that featured in the World Focus section of last year's festival (see ticket giveaway below).

The movie, "Ramen Teh," directed by Singapore's Eric Khoo and starring Japan's Takumi Saitoh, tells the story of a Japanese ramen chef who travels to Singapore to reconnect with food and family, and uncovers the truth about his past.

Co-hosted by the Minato City Committee and TIFF, the special screening will take place on Sept. 29 at Akasaka Civic Hall in Tokyo's Minato Ward as an early prelude to TIFF, one of Asia's leading film festivals.

This year's film festival is set to run from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater in Minato Ward, Hibiya Step Square and other theaters in Tokyo. The festival will open with a world premiere of the tentatively titled "Welcome Back, Tora-san" in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first film in the long-running Japanese comedy film series "Otoko wa Tsurai yo" (It's Tough Being a Man). "Welcome Back, Tora-san" will be the 50th film in the series.

The festival's related market, TIFFCOM 2019 (Japan Content Showcase 2019) will run from Oct. 22-24.

For more information, visit the official festival site at


Festival organizers have announced they have a total of five pairs of tickets to give away to readers for the pre-festival screening of "Ramen Teh."

Pre-festival film screening details:

* Title: "Ramen Teh"

* Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (with Japanese and English subtitles)

* Date: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. (screening starts at 1 p.m.)

* Place: Akasaka Civic Center Hall (Akasaka Community Plaza 3F, 4-18-13 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Tel: 03-5413-2711)

* Total tickets available in giveaway offer: 5 pairs (total of 10 people)


How to apply for ticket giveaway:

To apply for the ticket giveaway, email the TIFF organizing committee at: with the following subject title and information:

Subject: The Mainichi TIFF Ticket Giveaway

Body of email: Please include your full name and postal address.

The giveaway offer closes on Wednesday, Sept. 18 (Japan time). Tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, while tickets last.

(The Mainichi)

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