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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" director, 2nd left, poses with actors Andy Serkis, left, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood Jr at a news conference in Tokyo. Jackson said he decided to take on the three-part prequel which lead up to his successful "Lord of the Rings" films because "I didn't want anyone else to it. I feel a kind of pride of ownership, and not just for me but also for New Zealand."

Jackson filmed “The Hobbit” in 3D at a groundbreaking 48 frames a second rather than the standard 24, which is the ultimate in high-definition filmmaking. "Nowadays, there are many reasons for people not to go to the cinema," Jackson said. "There is competition from the Internet, mobile phones and so on. I don't want people to wait and see these films on an iPad. So we have to enhance the film-going experience to make you want to see our films on the big screen with state-of-the art technology ... and provide escapist entertainment."

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens in Japan on Dec 14. The second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” is due in December 2013 and the final chapter “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” follows in July 2014.

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Can I watch it at 96 frames per second? That way it will be over in only 80 minutes.

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Anyone know how to find out which theatres are showing the 48fps version in Japan? I've been having no luck finding out so far. Kanto area info wanted

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Yeaaah Hobbit--anyone who's read it has read it more than once.

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Yeaaah Hobbit--anyone who's read it has read it more than once.

Yup......Me too! Looking forward to seeing this one as well. I wonder if anyone is ever going to try to make the book "The Silmarillion" into a film........doubtful, but would be interesting to see.

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