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* November 5-10 (Friday-Wednesday): The Japanese Film Festival will be held in Hanoi. Eight films - "Happy Flight", "Rashomon", "Tony Takitani", "Kamikaze Girls", "Sansho the Bailiff", "5 Centimeters per Second" (cartoon), "Yunagi City, Sakura Country" and "Memories of Tomorrow" will be screened at National Cinema Center, 87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District. Free admission.

* November 7 (Sunday): The Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitian Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street. The program is conducted by Tetsuji Honna. Tickets cost VND300,000, 200,000 and 150,000. For ticket delivery, call 0913 489 858 and speak with Mr. Do Phuong.

* November 8 (Monday): The Le Nouveau Trio Gitan - Three guitarists - Christian Escoudé, Jean-Baptiste Laya and Hugo Lippi - will perform at the HCMC Opera House. Ticket price: VND200,000, 150,000 and 100,000 (50 percent discount for students). Tickets are available at the Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1. For ticket delivery, call (08) 3 823 7419 or (08) 6 270 4450.

*November 9 (Tuesday): The Singapore Business Group, in cooperation with EuroCham, will host a Luncheon Seminar "The ASEAN Economic Community: Implications for Business", from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, 17 Le Duan Blvd; District 1, HCMC. Speaker: Mr. James Lockett, special counsel to Baker & McKenzie based in Hanoi. Fee: VND900,000 for members and co-hosting members and VND1,000,000 for non-members. For further queries or registration, e-mail sbg@sbghcmc.org or phone (08) 3 823 3046. Registration must be made by Monday, November 8, at the latest.

* November 10 (Wednesday): The American Apparel and Footwear Association organizes International Product Safety & Restricted Substances Conference at the New World Hotel Saigon, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, HCMC. From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

* November 10 (Wednesday): Circolo Italia a group of Italians living in Ho Chi Minh City will screen "Complici del silenzio" at Pendolasco Restaurant, 87 Nguyen Hue Blvd., District 1. This is part of the group's program to screen several Italian films (all have English subtitles and most have been recently produced). A donation of VND50,000 is suggested, except for students with a valid identification card. The next films to be screened are "Colpo d'occhio" (Nov. 24), Signorina effe (Dec. 8) and "Pranzo di Natale" (Dec. 15). Screenings will start at 7 p.m.

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