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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.

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

Sep
12
Fri
God Help The Girl
September 12, 2014 - September 18, 2014

Unknown-2God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.

Stuart aspired to tell the story of “a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”

homeAccording to Barry Mendel, “It’s a simple story – about the brief moment after you’ve realised what you want to do with your life, before your dream settles into becoming your job, when you’re filled with enthusiasm, meeting like-minded friends and the possibilities are endless.”

The film was shot, edited, scored and mixed in Glasgow over the course of 2012-2013 and is be released in cinemas around the world in 2014.

 

CHECK OUT OH SO MUCH MORE AT: 

www.godhelpthegirl.com

 

Director: Stuart Murdoch, 111 min. 2014

Official Site is here.

Oct
21
Tue
NIPPON NIGHTS #4 : IDOL IS DEAD
October 21, 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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(C) Copenhagen Theater 2013

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.