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At the 12th Tokyo International Film Festival, held from Oct. 30th to Nov. 7th, Godzilla 2000 had it's premier screening. Producer Shogo Tomiyama, Director Takao Okawara and the main cast of the film were guests of honor. The festival played host to a number of other events, on Nov. 3rd, the International Visual Symposium was held. The symposium featured discussions by leading Japanese film makers and special screenings of rarely seen film footage. They included clips from Final Fantasy: The Movie and unused CGI scenes from Studio Ghibli's The Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Yamada-kun.

Pokémon #1 Kid's TV Show In America
While the Pokémon Movie is still reigns in the top 5 at the American Boxoffice, the Pokémon TV series currently holds the #1 and #2 kids position on weekdays and Saturday morning. From Nov. 8-12, the 7 a.m. showing of Pokémon averaged a Kids WB position record 4.8 rating, 32 share, in kids 2-11, beating all other weekday kids series, morning and afternoon, except the WB's 4 p.m. showing of Pokémon (5.2/26).

Sailor Moon Musical To Celebrate 500 Performences
A special Sailor Moon musical: "New Transformation: The Road to Super Soldiers" will be held in celebration of 500 performances in Japan this January. The musical has been performed in Japan for 8 years and more than 340,000 people are estimated to have seen it to-date. The event will take place Jan. 12th-14th and there will be many attractions where atendees can meet the senshi and enter a new years drawing. The story of the musical:

"Searching for immortality as human beings, monsters from the medieval age approach Sailor soldiers. The battles gets heated up between Sailor soldiers, Undead troops and Count Dracle. Usagi experiences separation from her friends, conflicts, death... She overcomes a number of hardships and becomes a true soldier..."

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