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3 digital pix unspool at Tokyo festival

'D,' 'Sol Bianca,' 'A-Li-Ce' first to use format

TOKYO — Three digital movies were shown for the first time in Japan Tuesday during the eight-day Tokyo Intl. Fantastic Film Festival, which is part of the 1999 Tokyo Film Festival.

“D,” a sci-fi street fight between killer monsters from director Nobuya Okabe, “Sol Bianca,” a Japanese-American animated space opera by director Hiroyuki Ochi and “A-Li-Ce,” a time-warp movie directed by Kenichi Maejima, unspooled to a packed house.

Picture quality was not exactly state of the art but quite passable on the large screen, with impressive sound effects.

A total of 37 films were slated during the TIFFF, which winds up today with David Lynch’s latest work, “The Straight Story,” starring Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek and Harry Dean Stanton.

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