NIPPON NIGHTS is a monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.
The first season, “Neon Tokyo ; Anime World,” includes 3 must-see anime film programs.
August – September 2014
☆JULY. 16th (WED) 7:00pm
SHORT PEACE 68 min
Omnibus animations including oscar nominated short film and the one by the creator of “AKIRA”. Four amazing directors created four astounding animated films.
“COMBUSTIBLE” directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (“AKIRA”)
“POSSESSIONS” directed by Shuhei Morita (Oscar nominated)
“GAMBO” directed by Hirokai Ando
“A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS” directed by HAJIME KATOKI
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☆August. 21st (THU) 8:00pm
directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
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.
©1988 Akira Committee.
Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
“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.
Presented by CULTURE PUBLISHES / Tokyo News Service,Ltd
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Partnered by CAAM / Promotional Partners: btrax, Asian Art Museum