Wednesday, June 23, 2010

JAPAN CUTS Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

TSB is passing on a message detailing a bombastic Japanese movie festival coming up at the beginning of July in New York city. This is the real deal and you hip kids lucky enough to be in the area can be part of the International Premiere of shlock horror and sci-fi films from the incorrigible Noboru Iguchi, Shinya Tsukamoto, and other assorted heavyweights! The organization's succinct press release lays out everything you need to know:

It's that time of year again… JAPAN CUTS Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema (July 1-16) is coming to Japan Society for its fourth consecutive year, with its biggest line-up ever. With 24 titles and 30 screenings, this is the largest showcase of contemporary Japanese film outside Japan, with international and U.S. premieres, special guests (filmmakers Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tomorowo Taguchi, Toshiaki Toyoda, Hitoshi Yazaki, and Isao Yukisada; and actors Tatsuya Fujiwara and Daichi Watanabe), parties (Festival Launch Party on July 1st, SUSHI TYPHOON! on July 3rd and NIGHT OF THE FILMMAKERS on July 10th) and giveaways. In addition to independent and big budget feature films from the past year and 8 titles co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, the 2010 edition caps the decade with the Best of Unreleased Japanese Films of the 00s (the "Naughties"), a digest of overlooked films from the past ten years which for whatever reason have not been treated to U.S. distribution.

Highlights include Confessions (dir. Tetsuya Nakashima), Sawako Decides (dir. Yuya Ishii), About Her Brother (dir. Yoji Yamada), Blood of Rebirth (dir. Toshiaki Toyoda), Bare Essence of Life: Ultra Miracle Love Story (dir. Satoko Yokohama), Dear Doctor (dir. Miwa Nishikawa), Golden Slumber (dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura), Nightmare Detective II (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto), Parade (dir. Isao Yukisada), and Zero Focus (dir. Isshin Inudo). But really, we believe every single title in this years line-up is worth a watch.

More information on the festival as well as past series and events is available at our homepage.

We also encourage you to visit our blog, which will be covering the festival during its 16 day run. Thank you and feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. Id be happy to talk with you.

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