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August – November 2014

Aug
21
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo: Anime World #2 – AKIRA
August 21, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

Neon Tokyo : Anime World #2 – AKIRA

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Thursday, August 21st

The 2nd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “AKIRA”, Japanese animated action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

“A fever-dream masterpiece”  Village Voice

“A towering achievement of imagination” Time Out

Neo-Tokyo is about to E•X•P •L•O•D•E

Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society what once called him weak.

The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Kaneda tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original 2182-page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga. It became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation.  (Wikipedia)

“AKIRA” TRAILER

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Written by Katsuhiro Otomo and Izo Hashimoto.

Voices  Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro Ishida.

1988. Japan. 124min. Digital. Rating: R

Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”, Kodansha Ltd.

©1988 Akira Committee. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco

Aug
22
Fri
ME AND YOU (Io e Te)
August 22, 2014 - August 28, 2014
ME AND YOU (Io e Te) Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

ME AND YOU (Io e Te)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Co-presented by Istituto Italiano di Cultura

 

“Beautifully made… a meditation on the transformative possibilities of a relationship.”

– Stephen Holden, New York Times

 

“[Bertolucci] is still a force to be reckoned with.”

– The Guardian

 

MEANDYOU-master675Bertolucci’s first Italian-language feature in 32 years follows Lorenzo, a quirky 14-year-old loner who has difficult relationships with his parents and peers. Lorenzo decides to take a break from it all by hiding out in his building’s neglected basement where for an entire week he will finally avoid all conflict and pressure to be a “normal” teenager. But an unexpected visit from Lorenzo’s older half-sister Olivia changes everything. A worldly 25-year-old beauty, her problematic and fragile state upsets Lorenzo’s total escape from reality, and their forced cohabitation in the basement’s confined space brings forth confrontation and old resentments, but also a need for affection and intimacy. A few emotional days and nights with his sister Olivia will inspire Lorenzo to see the world through new eyes. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Written by Niccolò Ammaniti, Umberto Contarello, Francesca Marciano and Bernardo, based on the novel “Io e Te,” by Mr. Ammaniti. Director of photography: Fabio Cianchetti. With Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Tea Falco, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar, Tommaso Ragno and Pippo Delbono. Not Rated. In Italian, with English subtitles. Running time: 97 mins.

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Sep
3
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #6
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #6
September 3, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Sep
25
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #3 – TAMALA2010 a punkcat in space & Wake Up!! TAMALA
September 25, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #3 – TAMALA2010 a punkcat in space & Wake Up!! TAMALA 

 

Thursday, September 25th

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The 3rd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “TAMALA”, Japanese animated film about kitten from the Planet of Cats, who sets out to solve the mystery of her birth.

With large eyes and a cherubic face. She is cute enough to make go crazy for her until she opens her mouth that is. Don’t be fooled by her innocent face; TAMALA is a real hell-on-wheels, bitter-sweet punk cat.

Playful, one year old, female cat. She played the heroine in the theatrical film ”TAMALA 2010 a punkcat in space” in 2002.

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Originally Written, and Directed by t.o.L  / Music by t.o.L & trees of Life  /

Voice Over : ATSUKO HARASIMA, SHINJI TAKEDA, TAKESHI KATO, SATO(54-71),

BEATRICE DALLE

Producers : t.o.L & SEIICHI TSUKADA & KAZUKO MIO /  2D Animation : KENTARO NEMOTO /

3D CG Direction :MICHIRO TSUTSUMOTO & KENJI OKADA / Editor : KENSUKE KAWAMURA & DAISHIN SUZUKI

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92 mins. /2002 / English Subtitled

Presented by CULTURE PUBLISHES

“Wake Up!! TAMALA

 In 2010, the new “TAMALA” film project started cooperated with one of the world most famous environmental preservation fund, WWF Japan. 『Wakeup!! TAMALA』 depicts the vision of the crisis which has been destroying the biodiversity by human civilization during the poetic time travel with TAMALA. The subject of death and rebirth, as the place of origin of its concept, has been set in this film with the perspective of the nature conservation.” -

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Animation Creator : Kentaro Nemoto

Production : Tokyo News Service,Ltd

Executive Producer : Takashi Okuyama(Tokyo News Service,Ltd)

Producer : Akira Takeuchi(Tokyo News Service,Ltd)

Associate Production : Team From JP.

http://www.myspace.com/fromjp

Voice Over :  Atsuko Harashima, Chiaki Kuriyama

17mins. /2010 / English Subtitled

☆Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax

Oct
1
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #7
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #7
October 1, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Oct
8
Wed
BAY AREA DOCS: TONGUES OF HEAVEN
October 8, 2014

FILMMAKER ANITA CHANG IN PERSON!

“You already know the importance of saving a language. You know the reason, but not the motivation to save it,” admits Anchi Chen, one of the collaborators for TONGUES OF HEAVEN. With 96% of the world’s population speaking only 4% of the world’s languages, what does it mean today to speak your mother tongue?

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To put it another way, what do you lose when you lose your native language? Using video as the primary medium of expression, four young indigenous women from the Austronesian language territories Taiwan and Hawai’i share their questions, desires and challenges of learning their native languages.

Dir: Anita Chang. 2013. 60 min.

Anita Chang is a Bay Area independent filmmaker, educator and writer. Her award-winning works have screened internationally and broadcast on U.S. and Taiwan public television. She has taught in community centers and film departments in San Francisco, Nepal and Taiwan’s College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University. Honors include grant awards from the Fulbright, San Francisco Arts Commission, and KQED Peter J. Owens Filmmaker programs.

Artist website: anitachangworks.com

Tongues of Heaven is a Creative Capital and National Geographic All Roads Seeds funded project.

BAY AREA DOCS is a monthly program featuring the best films made in the mecca of documentary filmmaking.

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Oct
23
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS #4 : IDOL IS DEAD
October 23, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.The 1st title is “IDOL IS DEAD”, musical horror comedy stared by real Japanese idol group, BiS.

 

Iimgresn Japan, beautiful pop pin-up Idols rule the music scene. Frustrated in her dreams of being a star in Tokyo, Rui ended up a hostess in a provincial bar. When her former rival Momoko returns home a successful Idol singer, Rui flips out and kills her and the rest of her pop group. In order to hide the crime, she and her friends take the dead girls’ place, creating BiS (Brand-new Idol Society). But when a mad scientist reanimates Momoko as a half-robot half zombie, she retaliates on the new starlets and their fans. A strikingly original part-horror, part-comedy, part-music-video starring one of Japan’s freshest pop sensations. (in Japanese with English subtitles) 

 

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Once, Rui has aimed at a singer. However, now, she was frustrated and was doing the hostess’s work in the country. When Rui goes home together with a friend’s Tsunko, She met Momoko, the rival at the time of her having aimed as a singer. Momoko became an idol singer and was successful. On the grounds that Momoko has ridiculed Rui, Rui killed two friends, her and her. In order that Rui may escape a crime, She formed the idol group together with Tsunko pretending to be Momoko and others.

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Director/Screenwriter : Yukihiro Kato, JAPAN, 2012, 63min. 

Casts : BiS (Brand New Idol Society)

 

 

Nov
11
Tue
NIPPON NIGHTS #5 : SAVE THE CLUB NOON
November 11, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.

This is a documentary about Japan’s law regulating entertainments.

scn_mainNoon, a venerable Osaka club, was busted in April 2012 for violating Japan’s law regulating entertainment establishments. This documentary covers the music event held in July of the same year by over 90 artist teams, who rallied in protest. The law regulating entertainment businesses makes it illegal to allow patrons to dance, but the law went into effect in 1948, and in many ways is out of step with contemporary society. This film delves into problems in Japan’s music industry with interviews of performers like Ito Seiko and Hanaregumi, who have their doubts about the law.

Dancers displeased with the anti-dance law and the shutdown of a popular club in Osaka are taking their arguments to the screens this month in a documentary titled “Save The Club Noon.”

6ab15f49c542a219878ac2ce890ad083_233Noon, located in the Nakazaki-cho district of Osaka, was forced to shut down in April 2012 after local police claimed the club violated the 1948 fueihō entertainment business control law. Eight were arrested in the case, their charges being that the club allowed approximately 20 people to dance on its premises “without permission.” The 65-year-old law was created when so-called dance clubs were used as hotbeds of prostitution. Clubbers have been quick to rise up against a recent crackdown that has caused some lawmakers to push for a reform of the law.

imgres-1But revision of the rules is moving at a snail’s pace, with a preliminary proposal being filed late last month.

Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, the film’s title derives from an event held in July 2012 in which more than 90 artists gathered to protest Noon’s closure. The film features prominent media figures including novelist Seiko Ito as well as the manager of the club. -Japan Times

Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, 93mins., 2013, JAPAN, English Subtitled.

SAVE THE CLUB NOON」Production Committee.