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The Tokyo International Film Festival, which begins on Oct. 25, will celebrate its 30th edition this year. It was first held in 1985 and I started attending it, as a reporter, in 1991.

Back then I wrote a glowing report about the Tokyo Grand Prix winner, the John Sayles urban drama “City of Hope,” but I better remember the extravagant parties that reeked of “bubble era” excess — and announced TIFF’s ambition to be the Asian equivalent of Cannes.

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