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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: btrax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco

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.

 

ASTRO BOY(1980) key Image 01 のコピー

 

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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

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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
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.

a t.o.L FILM “TAMALA2010 a punkcat in space”

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
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!!

Winner of Barcelona Film Awards & Goya Award

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.

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Nov
30
Sun
Roxie Kids: Little Nemo
November 30, 2014

KIDS under 12 years old are FREE admission!!

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

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Screenplay by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone” & “Harry Potter”),

The original Sound Track by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers

In the magical land of dreams and the mystical world of nightmares.
There is a place more wondrous than the Seven wondersmore magical than a Magic Carpetand more enchanting than an Enchanted Forest.
This place is the world of a childs dream where anything and everything is possible. Where time is timeless, and where imagination has no boundaries. Welcome to the dream world of Little Nemo.
On one unforgettable night, Nemo falls asleep and enters into his dreamworld and with the help of his new found friend, Professor Genius, and Nemos flying pet squirrel Icarus, they all journey together into Slumberland,a beautiful utopia where all its people live in perfect harmony together.

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Nemo is lovingly embraced by the people and especially the King of Slumberland who adopts Nemo and makes him heir apparent to the throne. He also entrusts Nemo with a special key that Nemo has been given strict instructions not to unlock the door in which this key belongs to. He is also given a most prized possession of the King, the Royal Scepter.
Along the way, Nemo is befriended by Flip who becomes Nemos mischief making sidekick and as curiosity would have it he convinces Nemo to unlock the door only to discover that he has now unleashed a horrific demon over Slumberland…

 

 

©TMS   Directed by: William T. Hurtz , Masami Hata, 1992, 85mins., U.S.A.

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