‘Speed Racer’ hits Japan

Wachowskis' film plays world's biggest screen

TOKYO — “Speed Racer” made a big splash Sunday at the Tokyo Dome for its Japan premiere where it was shown on what was touted as the world’s biggest screen: a 57-foot high, 120-foot wide temporary display made in the U.K., shipped from Canada and lifted into place by seven cranes.

Yet mother nature didn’t seem to cooperate as pouring rain cut the aud from an expected 35,000 to 20,000.

The preem was the first to be held in the Dome, used for baseball games, concerts and other events, since the 2001 Japan bow of “Pearl Harbor.”

Helmers Larry and Andy Wachowski attended, along with stars Emile Hirsch and Hiroyuki Sanada. Warner will open the pic wide Saturday in Japan.

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Peter Bogdanovich and Seymour Cassel attended the closing night gala for the L.A. Greek Festival Sunday at the Pacific Design Center.

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