With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, July 02, 2010

ACF 606: JAPAN CUTS - today's events

Here's what's happening at Japan Society's JAPAN CUTS film series this evening, July 2nd, 2010:

Golden Slumber
Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
Japan, 2010, 139 min, 35 mm, color
In Japanese with English Subtitles
New York Premiere
Co-Presented with the New York Film Festival
Showtime 6:15 PM

Yoshihiro Nakamura's Fish Story was the sleeper hit of last year's festival, but his new movie makes it looks like child's play. Befuddled everyman Aoyagi finds himself inexplicably framed for the assassination of Japan's prime minister. Soon the delivery guy is sprinting from one government kill squad to another, as the plot breathlessly spins out of control and weaves together the mother of all conspiracy theories. But a conspiracy is just another word for a social network after all, and like a vaccine fighting a virus, Aoyagi's buddies and exes from past and present come together to rescue their endangered friend.

Buy tickets online here.

The Blood of Rebirth
Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda
Jaoan, 2009, 83 min, 35 mm, color
In Japanese with English subtitles
Co-Presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
Showtime 9:00 PM

Introduction and Q&A with director Toshiaki Toyoda

A gonzo head trip in the spirit of Jodorowsky, Blood of Rebirth does for samurai what El Topo did for cowboys. Marking Toshiaki Toyoda's return to filmmaking after a five-year absence, it's a psychedelic tribute to the human ability to break free of all limits, shatter all prisons and endlessly be reborn. Set in the hazy past, and based on a famous folktale, a masseur is murdered and comes back from the dead for revenge. Toyoda's intense visuals grab you by the face while space rockers Twin Tail stick their throbbing soundscape deep into your ears. Together they lift you out of your body, off this planet and up to distant stars.

Buy tickets online here.

Blood of Birth will also be shown on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010, at 3:45 PM.

JAPAN CUTS screenings take place at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues, New York City.

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