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The 2015 J-Pop Summit and JFFSF Announce Guests of Honor

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The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF), the first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film celebration for the San Francisco Bay Area together with the 2015 J-Pop Summit proudly present actor Tadanobu Asano, anime director Koji Morimoto and techno DJ Legend Ken Ishii as official Guests of Honor for San Francisco’s annual Japanese pop culture festival. Tadanobu Asano will attend the opening night event at The Castro Theatre to receive the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco Honorary Award.

Tadanobu Asano as a guest for the 2015 J-Pop Summit

Tadanobu Asano

Tadanobu Asano is widely known for starring roles in movies such as Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi, Thor, 46 Ronin, and Battleship. Koji Morimoto is renowned as one of Japan’s top anime directors and is also a founder of acclaimed Studio 4℃ and known for works such as Animatrix and Genius Party Beyond. Ken Ishii is a legendary techno DJ and producer who has performed live internationally and enjoys a worldwide fan base in the electronic music scene.

An Opening Night Event on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 at The Castro Theatre kicks off the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco with a special 35mm presentation of director Sogo Ishii’s Electric Dragon 80000V, a rollicking comic-book style action film that stars top Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano, who will be on hand to personally introduce the film and participate in an audience Q&A immediately following the screening. Throughout the weekend, the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will present additional films also starring Asano, including My Man and Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi.

The Opening Night Event will culminate with a live DJ set collaboration between Japan’s legendary techno DJ and producer, Ken Ishii, and director Koji Morimoto. 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 also is set to appear at the San Francisco premiere screening of My Man on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at 6pm. Asano will introduce the film and will participate in an audience Q&A at NEW PEOPLE Cinema.

Koji Morimoto is set to appear at the 2015 J-Pop Summit at Fort Mason Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at 12pm ahead of the screening event for The World of Koji Morimoto. This is a collection of three illustrious animated short films by Koji Morimoto set to screen on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 1:50pm at NEW PEOPLE Cinema. Morimoto will introduce the film and will participate in an audience Q&A.

Koji Morimoto will additionally appear for an autograph session at on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 1:30pm in bookseller Kinokuniya’s booth at Fort Mason.

Ken Ishii is set to headline a second evening concert performance of J-Pop Live Night on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at the 2015 J-Pop Summit at Fort Mason.

“It is a great pleasure to present Tadanobu Asano with the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco Honorary Award,” says Manami Iiboshi, Executive Director of Japan Film Festival of San Francisco. “As one of the most inspiring and outstanding figures leading the Japanese film industry, and as an internationally acclaimed actor who actively works on projects beyond boundaries, he is extremely deserving of this Award. We are also thrilled to have director Koji Morimoto and DJ Ken Ishii performing together at our opening night event at the Castro. It is probably the first time since their legendary collaboration on “EXTRA” in the 1990’s.”

Opening in conjunction with the 2015 J-Pop Summit on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 and running through Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will take place at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema (www.newpeoplecinema.com). Tickets to individual screenings are $13 each, unless otherwise noted. Film summaries, trailers, screening times and advance tickets are available at: www.JFFSF.org.

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