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For foreign residents, monolingual or no, Tokyo International Film Festival offers a good chance to see new Japanese films with subtitles, especially in three of the main sections: Competition, Special Screenings and Japanese Eyes.

In the Competition section this year, two Japanese films will vie for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, TIFF’s biggest prize: Kaneto Shindo’s “Ichimai no Hagaki (Post Card)” and Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “Kaitan-shi Jokei (Sketches of Kaitan City).” The world’s second-oldest active director (Manoel de Oliveira, 100, is the oldest), Shindo, 98, has said that the World War II home-front drama “Ichimai no Hagaki” will be his last film. Its world premiere screening at TIFF will be a chance, hopefully not the final one, to see Shindo on stage and in person.

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