September 2014 – November 2015

NIPPON NIGHTS: 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 punk cat in space & Wake Up!! TAMALA 

★Get a TAMALA sticker with your ticket (only 50 first people)!!
★TAMALA × The Roxie Theater SPECIAL POSTER Limited Edition is now on sale.

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.

TAMALA 2010 a punk cat in space

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.

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),


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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.” –



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.

Voice Over :  Atsuko Harashima, Chiaki Kuriyama  17mins. /2010 / English Subtitled

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TAMALA stickers


TAMALA × The Roxie Theater Special Poster

☆Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup

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

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
October 10, 2014 - October 11, 2014

deadsnow2poster_If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.

100min. Directed by Tommy Wirkola, 2014, U.S.A.

October 24, 2014 - October 30, 2014


Action/Thriller starring Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Green Card, Cyrano de Bergerac)  and Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers series, Bedazzled, Mickey Blue Eyes).  A story of revenge and redemption. When Viktor Lambert returns to Russia after 7 years in French prison, he is determined to uncover the truth and gain revenge for his son’s death just 3 months earlier. He stops at nothing to protect his son’s girlfriend who carries his baby and vows to bring down everyone responsible for his son’s murder.  Thrilling pacing, stunning locations and brutal violence in the tradition of action films like Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” and Sam Mendes’ “Road to Perdition.”

Directed by Philippe Martinez, 97min.,2014, Russia


Nippon Nights #7: Branded to Kill by Seijun Suzuki
March 10, 2015

Nippon Nights is a monthly series presenting different genres, styles and generations of Japanese Cinema to Bay Area audiences.

Join us for a discussion with Mr. Aaron Kerner (San Francisco State University Cinema Department Associate Professor) after the screening to discuss the world of Seijun Suzuki

“Reputedly one of Seijun Suzuki’s finest works and unquestionably very stylish in its ‘Scope framings (Jim Jarmusch copied a few shots from it in his Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai)”

-Jonathan Rosenbaum,  Chicago Reader

Unknown-5A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death, and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One.

Directed by Seijun Suzuki, 91min, 1967, Japan

Branded to Kill review – genuinely bizarre Japanese thriller

Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill is a very 1960s metaphysical thriller, a cult item treasured by connoisseurs as the kind of film that – for all its delirious craziness – could even be a truer product of Japan than the higher artefacts of Ozu and Kurosawa. It is an erotic and dreamlike pulp noir, and its disdain for any sort of conventional plot infuriated the director’s employers at the Nikkatsu studio. Jô Shishido is Hanada, a hired killer with a sexual fetish for the smell of boiled rice; a bungled job brings him into mysterious contact with Misako (Anne Mari), a woman who hires him for three hits. He becomes obsessed with her, and finds himself in a duel with the legendary top killer, the No 1 (Kôji Nanbara). The obvious comparisons are with Melville’s Le Samouraï or Godard’s Pierrot le Fou – this film holds up against these perfectly well – with hints of John Boorman’s Point Blank and Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner. It is, however, closer to Luis Buñuel in its gleefully disquieting insistence on sudden horrific closeups: the glass eye removed from the skull, the bullet hole, the bleeding head in the toilet bowl. Where Godard had his jump-cut, Suzuki has his disorientating ellipses, his sudden dreamlike time-slips. Genuinely fascinating and bizarre.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Nippon Nights Program is Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco & Japan Foundation

The Warriors
November 14, 2015 - November 16, 2015


“One of the great cult films of all time.” – Jeffery M. Anderson

Like a high school cafeteria replete with cliques, THE WARRIORS is a film divided into individual armies of the night. There are the Gramercy Riffs, The Rogues, the Turnbull AC’s, and 17 other menacing street gangs scattered across New York City. But, most importantly, there are our titular heroes, The Warriors, a wild pack that hail from Coney Island. When a leader of the street gangs is murdered, the eponymous group is wrongly accused of committing the crime. Now on the run, The Warriors must fight their way home while each of the 20 gangs hunt them down.

Directed by the legendary Walter Hill, we’re proud to present THE WARRIORS on 35mm.


Directed by Walter Hill, 92 min, USA, 1979

November 14, 2015 - November 20, 2015


“Words can never do justice to the awe-inspiring, brain-eating weirdness of Sion Sono’s Japanese dystopian hip-hop kung-fu musical Tokyo Tribe.” – Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

Since the days of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, it seems the mark of any great filmmaker is his/her ability to constantly evolve, reinventing themselves at every turn. For nearly three decades, Sion Sono has been doing just that. His latest effort is set in a futuristic Japan, where territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, TOKYO TRIBE is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical. In short, the movie is wall-to-wall madness.


Directed by Sion Sono, 116 min, Japan, 2014