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The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco Announces Films for the 2015 J-Pop Summit

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The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF) has announced a schedule of screenings and special guest appearances taking place during the weekend of the 2015 J-Pop Summit.

JFFSF logo for the 2015 J-Pop SummitOpening in conjunction with the 2015 J-Pop Summit on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 and running thru Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will take place at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, located inside the NEW PEOPLE entertainment complex in Japantown at 1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115. Tickets to individual screenings are $13 each, unless otherwise noted. Film summaries, trailers, screening times and advance tickets are available at: www.JFFSF.org.

NEW PEOPLE Cinema is a 143-seat cinema located in the underground floor of NEW PEOPLE in San Francisco. Equipped with a cutting-edge HD digital projection and THX®-certified sound system, NEW PEOPLE Cinema is home for local film festivals and entertaining events. www.newpeoplecinema.com

The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco presents more than 25 celebrated films, many premiering in the U.S. for the first time, showcasing a wide range of Japanese cinema, including live-action, anime, short film, and documentary titles across a range of genres such as action, science fiction, historical drama, crime drama, coming-of-age, and romantic mystery.

Special guests for the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will include Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano, who is widely known for roles in movies such as Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi, Thor, 46 Ronin, and Battleship, as well as one of Japan’s top anime directors, Koji Morimoto, who is a founder of renowned Studio 4℃ and known for works such as Animatrix and Genius Party Beyond.

A special Opening Night Event on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 at The Castro Theatre kicks off the 2015 J-Pop Summit and Japan Film Festival of S.F. with a special 35mm presentation of director Sogo Ishii’s Electric Dragon 80000V, a rollicking comic-book style action film that stars Tadanobu Asano.

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 producers, Ken Ishii, along with Japan’s top anime 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.

The films that will be screened during J-Pop Summit Festival include:

  • Kakekomi (Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at 12pm)
  • The Vancouver Asahi (Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at 3pm)
  • My Man (Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at 6pm; includes a special guest appearance by Tadanobu Asano)
  • Space Brothers #0 (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at 12pm)
  • The World of Koji Morimoto (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at 1:50pm; a collection of three short films that include Magnetic Rose from Memories, Noiseman Sound Insect, and Genius Party Beyond: Dimension Bomb; special guest appearance by director Koji Morimoto)
  • Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at 4pm)
  • Pale Moon (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at 6:30pm)

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 an 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.

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