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Special Opening Night Event for the 2015 J-Pop Summit and 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco

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The 2015 J-Pop Summit, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, and the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF), the Bay Area’s first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film celebration, announce a special Opening Night Event on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 at The Castro Theatre. Advance tickets to the 2015 J-Pop Summit/JFFSF Opening Night Event at the Castro Theatre are available now for $25 each from http://jpop2015.brownpapertickets.com.

Tadanobu Asano at the 2015 J-Pop Summit

Actor Tadanobu Asano

The event begins at 8pm kicking off both annual festivals and will feature a special 35mm presentation of director Sogo Ishii’s Electric Dragon 80000V, a rollicking comic-book style action film that stars acclaimed Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano, who is widely known for roles in movies such as Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi, Thor, 46 Ronin, and Battleship.

The evening will be highlighted by a personal appearance by actor Tadanobu Asano, who will introduce the film and participate in an audience Q&A, as well as a live DJ set collaboration by one of Japan’s legendary techno DJ and EDM producers, Ken Ishii, along with Japan’s top anime director Koji Morimoto, widely known as a founder of renowned Studio 4℃ and his works such as Animatrix and Genius Party Beyond. Tadanobu Asano, Ken Ishii, and Koji Morimoto will also attend the special events at the 2015 J-Pop Summit as official Guests of Honor on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at Fort Mason Center.

The 2015 J-Pop Summit takes place Saturday and Sunday Aug. 8 and 9, 2015 at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district. Tickets and V.I.P Passes to the 2015 J-Pop Summit are available now at: www.J-POP.com. Throughout the weekend, attendees can enjoy a colorful assortment of Japanese pop-influenced culture, fashion, pop art, live music, technology and travel that will be complemented by celebrity Guests of Honor, anime programming, cosplay and pop idol contests, and a wide assortment of vendors and other programming.

The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco takes place August 7 -16, 2015 at the city’s historic Castro Theatre and also at New People Cinema, located in Japantown (www.newpeoplecinema.com). This year’s JFFSF will showcase a dazzling array of new and recent Japanese live-action as well as anime film release, many as first-run U.S. premieres. Tickets and film schedules are available at: www.JFFSF.org.

“This Opening Night event will be an unforgettable way to kick off the 2015 J-Pop Summit and the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco and we are planning an exciting evening filled with film, music and personal appearances by notable Japanese entertainers,” says Seiji Horibuchi, chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival Committee. “Join us for what promises to be a truly electrifying evening.”

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