OF CHARMING JAPANESE ROMANTIC COMEDY
Cast me if you can
A Thoroughly Enjoyable Love Story Between Two Unlikely Characters
Is Treated With Savvy And Sophistication By Director Atsushi Ogata
Film Opens At VIZ Cinema In December
VIZ Cinema, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, presents Cast me if you can, a charming romantic comedy written and directed by Atsushi Ogata, for a special Bay Area Limited Theatrical Release from Friday, December 10th to Sunday, December 19th, following its popular recent theatrical run in Japan this past October. (The film, Ogata's first feature, was also shown at Japan Society in New York this past September 25th.) Tickets and screening times for the San Francisco theatrical run are available at: http://www.vizcinema.com/.
Rated #1 film by PIA magazine's audience survey the opening day in Japan, Cast me if you can tells the story of Hiroshi, a perpetual supporting actor, always mistaken for others and living in the shadow of his famous playwright father, who longs to be a leading man. Hiroshi gets his big break when he is cast in a Woody Allen remake, but a series of misadventures and a chance encounter with his muse Aya, herself an aspiring actress, turns his world upside down. Hiroshi falls for Aya head over heels and struggles to play the lead in his own life.
Premiering at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival in June, Cast me if you can also screened at festivals in California, New York, Indiana, Korea and India, won prizes for Best Title Sequence and Best Original Score in Los Angeles, and has also been adapted into a novel and published in Japan by Takeshobo Co. Ltd.
Featured as “Japan’s answer to Woody Allen” in Metropolis Magazine, globetrotting comedy director Atsushi Ogata combines wit, humor, romance and family relations, in collaboration with veteran Japanese star actors Toru Masuoka, Hiromi Nagasaku, Masahiko Tsugawa, Keiko Matsuzaka, and Emoto Akira, and an international crew (seasoned co-writer Akane Shiratori, award-winning composer Jessica de Rooij, Dutch design company United 135, New York based post-production company Cineric, Inc. , producers Eric Nyari and Eriko Miyagawa), to present a romantic comedy which transcends national and cultural borders. Cast me if you can is Ogata's feature film debut.
VIZ Cinema is the nation’s only movie theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located in the basement of the NEW PEOPLE building and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection, and a THX®-certified sound system.
About NEW PEOPLE
NEW PEOPLE offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan and is the creative vision of the J-Pop Center Project and VIZ Pictures, a distributor and producer of Japanese live action film. Located at 1746 Post Street, the 20,000 square foot structure features a striking 3-floor transparent glass façade that frames a fun and exotic new environment to engage the imagination into the 21st Century. A dedicated web site is also now available at: www.NewPeopleWorld.com.