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August – October 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

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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Aug
24
Sun
ROXIE KIDS: ASTRO BOY
August 24, 2014

ROXIE KIDS : Anime World #3 – ASTRO BOY

 

Sunday, August 24th   Free Admission for Kids

ROXIE KIDS” is the animation film screenings on weekends which children and the parents can enjoy the cinema experience together through fantastic animation films.

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The 3rd program of the special series is “ASTRO BOY” directed by Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga, Father of Anime. He gave much inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki.

“The image of the future Tezuka showed us was not only bright but scary, irrational, and sad. He’d already realized the two opposing aspects of Modernism: prosperity and destruction.” Hayao Miyazaki

A science fiction series set in a futuristic world where robots co-exist with humans. Astro is a powerful robot created by the head of the Ministry of Science to replace his son, who died in a car accident. Astro is shown fighting crime, evil, and injustice. Most of his enemies were robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk, or alien invaders. Almost every story included a battle involving Astro and other robots.

We introduce 4 episodes (24mins × 4) from 1980s TV series.

ATOM80_01_013● The birth of Atom 

Bureau of Precision Machinery in Science Ministry is working on the development of “Super Robot”, despite experiencing no less than four failures. At that time, a man called Skunk visits Minister of Science, Dr. Tenma at home. He proposes to provide the ministry with Omega Factor which will allow a robot to have a reason as humans do. But Dr. Tenma refuses his proposal

●Space Airport R-45

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The space airport is infested with space gangs and space rockets are wrecked constantly. Under such circumstance, the airport administrator Tsukioka is being forced to step down by the master of the hotel, who aims to take over Tsukioka’s position. Atom comes to the airport to clean up those gangs.

●Anger of Sphinx

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At attacked by Robot Crab. Atom somehow gets to MonsieurAmpere’s second camp. Monsieur Ampere is the man who asks Dr. Ochnomizu to send Atom, and is excavating the land for the research of Mayan Pyramid. Then, Atom follows a guide to see Monsieur Ampere. But again, Atom is attacked, this time by a robot Sphinx, who has intercepted the excavation of the pyramid anddestroyed the first camp completely.

 

●Atom’s first love

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The stolen blueprint of Atom’s prototype model has found in the underground fortress in Republic of Grotta. Dr. Ochanomizu ordered Atom to retrieve the blueprint since the prototype was designed to be installed a neutron bomb. Changing himself into a shape of man, Atom tries to sneak into the fortress in the country; however, he is blocked by laser beams. Then a robot girl who lives in the fortress takes Atom into the fortress. She is a robot named Nyoka created by the administrator of the fortress Dr. Lindolph.

 

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© TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS

 

To Learn More : Astro Boy Official Site & Trailer

STAFF

Original Story /Story Line / Main Character : Osamu Tezuka

Storyboard : Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Dezaki, Ryosuke Takahashi, etc…

Original Picture : Osamu Tezuka, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Masanobu Kozo

Rendition : Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Dezaki

Chief Director : Osamu Dezaki

1980-1981 / English Dubbed

☆Other Roxie Kids Programs are here.

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.

Sep
19
Fri
MEMPHIS
September 19, 2014 - September 25, 2014

 

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Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2014

A strange singer with “god given talent” drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-cum-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.

                                                                                                         DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

807It is legend in Memphis that a blessed and cursed singer by the name of O.V. Wright fell from grace and was buried in an unmarked grave. I learned of his myth around the same time I was brought to Peace Baptist Church, and witnessed a deep spirituality as ancient as the oak trees that dress every street in the city. A true believer in ghost stories and a scholar of African American studies, I was drawn to tell my own folk tale, and there was only one place on my mind. Our film captures the descent of a troubled singer as he drifts through an urban landscape looking to save his very soul. We surrounded ourselves with real Memphians and made a film that hopes to project a cool, beautiful world – as old as dirt and yet entirely new, and deserved of the title MEMPHIS.

    

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Written and Directed by Tim Sutton.

Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson Music by Willis Earl Beal. Digital. USA  79 mins.

Official Site is Here.

 

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

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

Oct
3
Fri
ABUSE OF WEAKNESS
October 3, 2014 - October 9, 2014

MV5BMTAzOTU3MzczNTZeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDA5MzQxMjIx._V1__SX870_SY631_Beginning in 2004, filmmaker/novelist Catherine Breillat had a series of debilitating strokes connected to a previously undiagnosed cerebrovascular disease.During her long, grueling recovery, she became fascinated by international con man Christophe Rocancourt. She decided only he could play the leading part in her next film. Their close friendship ended with a bang in 2009—when Breillat sued Rocancourt for conning her out of nearly $1 million.

No stranger to discomfiting her audience—or herself—Breillat fictionalizes that recent life chapter here, with the inimitable Isabelle Huppert as stroke-felled filmmaker/novelist “Maud Shainberg.” Maud invites into her life notorious celebrity “crook” Vilko Piran (French rapper Kool Shen). The two fast become thick as, well, thieves. The title Abuse of Weakness suggests a simple victimization that is in fact much more complex and ambiguous in Breillat’s queasy, thinly veiled self-portrait.

In Huppert’s fearless performance, Maud is perversely willing prey to “wild animal” Vilko. He’s rude, bullying, seductive—but then she is often demanding, arrogant and contrary herself. Their interdependency has elements of a marriage (though he’s already married) and an affair (though it’s platonic). These are two prickly, high-maintenance people determined to get the most out of each other, for better or worse. The fact that it’s very likely to be “for worse” seems key to their mutual attraction. –Dennis Harvey

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Directed and Written by Catherine Breillat,
Casts: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino

2014, France | Germany | Belgium, 105min.

English Subtitles

Oct
19
Sun
Roxie Kids : NOCTURNA
October 19, 2014

Roxie Kids is an age-appropriate film series for families and film lovers alike. 

KIDS under 12 years old are Admission FREE!!

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nocturna_poster_smallVisually stunning and wildly inventive, this film explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping nocturnal adventure full of Alice in Wonderland-like characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny in the morning or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night.
There are hairdressers who specialize in bed-heads, dream writers, and a vast herd of guardian cats led by the gigantic Cat Shepherd. Yet this world is in danger: the stars in the sky are disappearing, kids are becoming restless at night, and a mysterious shadow creature is haunting the empty streets, extinguishing anything that gives off light. If Tim and the Cat Shepherd can’t set things right, nighttime will never be the same! Bold anime-influenced character design and beautiful, fluid 2D animation help to create a fantastic dream world that balances the magical with a touch of menace. Tim and the audience ultimately learn that the night doesn’t have to be so scary after all.

Nocturna – US Trailer from GKIDS on Vimeo.

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Directed by Adrià García, Víctor Maldonado, 2007, Spain / France, 88 min.

Oct
26
Sun
LISTEN UP PHILLIP
October 26, 2014 - October 30, 2014

13936-1Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.

Following up his critically acclaimed The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry scripts a complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy filled with New Yorkers living their lives somewhere between individuality and isolation. Jason Schwartzman leads an impressive cast, including Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, and Jonathan Pryce, balancing Perry’s quick-witted dialogue and their characters’ painful, personal truths. With narration by Eric Bogosian, we switch perspectives as seasons and attitudes change, offering a literary look into the lives of these individuals and the triumph of reality over the human spirit.

 

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Directed by Alex Ross Perry 108 min. U.S.A. 2014