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Worldwide premiere - Tokyo

2009-10-29 08:29:20 GMT2009-10-29 16:29:20 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Five-year-old Anna Tanaka poses for photographers before at Japan premiere of 'Michael Jackson's This is it' in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

Japanese Michael Jackson's fans pose for photographers before Japan premiere of 'Michael Jackson's This is it' in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. Jackson, 50 when he died last June, kept pace with backup dancers half his age during rehearsals for such hits as 'Thriller,' 'Billie Jean,' 'Beat It' and 'Human Nature.' The film was shot as Jackson prepared for a marathon concert stand in London that never happened.

U.S. singer Lionel Richie signs autographs for fans at Japan premiere of 'Michael Jackson's This is it' in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

Japanese Michael Jackson's fans pose for photographers before Japan premiere of 'Michael Jackson's This is it' in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. Jackson, 50 when he died last June, kept pace with backup dancers half his age during rehearsals for such hits as 'Thriller,' 'Billie Jean,' 'Beat It' and 'Human Nature.' The film was shot as Jackson prepared for a marathon concert stand in London that never happened.

A fan in a costume holds a Michael Jackson doll as he poses for photographers before the Japan premiere of "This Is It" Michael Jackson documentary in Tokyo October 28, 2009.

Michael Jackson fans around the world readied for the singer's last bow Tuesday in a film that captures rehearsals for his aborted concert stand last summer.

From early evening in Los Angeles to late night in New York City, from the pre-dawn hours in Europe to business hours in Asia and elsewhere, "Michael Jackson: This Is It" arrives simultaneously in the biggest cinematic blowout ever for a music film.

Opening in 99 countries Tuesday and Wednesday, the film expands to 110 territories by this weekend, with distributor Sony putting 15,000 prints of "This Is It" into circulation.

Five-year-old Anna Tanaka poses for photographers before at Japan premiere of 'Michael Jackson's This is it' in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

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