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July 27, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Special Sneak Peek! Episode 1 of Japanese Legends: "Slit"

Japanese Legends POSTERSlit
Part of the "Supernatural Horrors" Shorts Block, starting 2:40 pm on Sunday, September 11!
Japan | 2016 | 7 minutes | Pablo Absento

A story of a mystery woman with a surgical mask on her face.

Director’s statement:
“Japanese Legends. Slit” is the first episode of “Japanese Legends” series. This one focuses on a famous urban legend which is believed to be based on true events. A strange woman who is wearing a surgical mask and walking around the empty streets was terrifying locals in 70s-80s of the last century. Rumors of alleged sightings began spreading around the Nagasaki prefecture, then spread throughout Japan and caused panic in many towns.

The character seems a pure monster to us, however her story is very ambiguous. Indeed, she is the victim of circumstances who didn't receive any help in time, whose problems of domestic violence were ignored by a society that doesn't care much about people. As a result of this indifference, we have this “monster” - a symbol of a price we inevitably pay for our apathetic attitude toward the others.

Cast: Pablo Absento, Steven LeFever
Cinematographer: Ivan Kovac
Music: Eric Elick
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='300x400' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Pablo Absento' text='Pablo Absento was born in Weybridge, UK. Pablo moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she made her first short film Call My Name, and second short film SHI.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Pablo Absento[/hi_image]



July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Gemu

Playing before HAIL TO THE KING at 10pm, Thursday, September 8th!
Japan | 2015 | 32 minutes | Shingo Maehata

Drawing from a tried-and-true history of one of my favorite types of films--the Japanese Giant Monster, or dai kaiju, film, GEMU brings the art of tokusatsu and suitmation special effects and blends it with modern techniques for a fun and enthralling ride through the monster that resides within us all.

Cinematography: Yasutomo Yoshida
Official Website
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='400x375' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Shingo Maehata' text='Keeping tokusatsu and daikaiju cinema alive!' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Shingo Maehata[/hi_image]

July 7, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Opening Night Film: TAG! (California Premiere)

tag poster
Rioru Onigokko
Japan | 2015 | 85 minutes | Sion Sono

A special California Premiere--Opening the festival with a BANG! 8:00 pm, Wednesday September 7!
It is that time of year again, and we are expanding to five days–our most extensive festival yet! How do we kick off such a momentous lucky-7th year? By being the first place in California to screen this wild gem from director Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Coldfish)–TAG!

From Variety: “Equal parts flash-trash exploitation gorefest and punchy pro-feminist action-fantasy, “Tag” is another feather in the highly idiosyncratic cap of Japanese helmer Sion Sono. This cavalcade of carnage set in a bizarre parallel world where women are chased and slaughtered by all manner of human and supernatural forces hits the sweet spot where grindhouse meets arthouse. Far too extreme for mainstream acceptance…

Cast: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano
Cinematographer: Maki Ito
Music: Tomonobu Kikuchi
Official Website
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Format: DCP

[hi_image id='style-1' size='400x250' alignment='center' link='' view='' title='Director: Sion Sono' text='Sion Sono was born in Toyokawa City, Japan. His recent film work includes Utsushimi and Suicide Club. The 2001 Fantasia Festival Grand Jury Prize for Most Groundbreaking Film & Groundbreaker Award. In 2015, he released multiple films like Love & Peace, Shinjuku Swan, and TAG.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Sion SONO (big)[/hi_image]