2012 / LA Eiga Fest 2012 Conclusive Schedule announced, Dec 14-16

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LA EigaFest 2012 comes to the Egyptian Theatre

Latest Blockbusters from Japan on the big screen in Hollywood

Rurouni Kenshin, Helter Skelter, Wolf Children, Thermae Romae

And much more!

The second annual LA EigaFest will be held from December 14th to 16th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

The evening schedule will kick off with the North American premiere of Rurouni Kenshin and will continue with double features of Helter Skelter and Thermae Romae on Saturday followed by Wolf Children and The Floating Castle on Sunday.

Directors Keishi Otomo (Rurouni Kenshin) and Mika Ninagawa (Helter Skelter) and talent such as Munetaka Aoki (Rurouni Kenshin), Kaori Momoi (Helter Skelter), Sanshiro Katsura (Rakugo Eiga), and Akihiro Kitamura (Roadside Fugitive) will attend the opening red carpet ceremony and reception and will also appear for Q & A sessions following their films.

George Takei is planned to attend as a special guest and co-hosts Cody Deal and Hazuki Kato will be the MC’s for the festival.

Daytime on Saturday and Sunday will feature an eclectic variety of the best in recent independent cinema and animation; this includes screenings of the critically acclaimed films The Kirishima Thing, Rakugo Eiga, Asura, and Roadside Fugitive.

In addition to the feature films above, we will be showing six winning entries from our shorts competition along with the announcement of the winner our Golden Zipangu Award.

We will also present four selections from the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia that will be combined with some of the feature film screenings.

Finally, we will have a special selection – “Top Chefs: The Wide World of Japanese Food Anime” – four episodes of classic culinary Japanese TV Anime.

Other highlights of this year’s LA EigaFest will include a reception following the opening premiere featuring fine Japanese food and drink as well as a Taiko Drum performance by L.A. Matsuri Taiko.

During the day on Saturday and Sunday moviegoers will be able to stop off at an authentic Japanese ramen stand in the courtyard of the theater.

Rakugo Eiga will be accompanied by a live Rakugo (Traditional Japanese comic storytelling) performance in English.

During the afternoon on Saturday there will be a business panel focused on bringing Japanese IP to Hollywood and panelists will consist of professionals with a wide variety of experience in this field.

Full programming schedule can be viewed here


The 2012 LA EigaFest is presented by Japan Film Society in conjunction with the American Cinematheque.   More information is available at




A full schedule of screenings and events follows.

All films will be shown at:

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre (Rigler & Spielberg)
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


Friday, December 14

Venue: Egyptian Theatre Court Yard

Address: 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

6:00 PM Red Carpet Opens

7:00 PM Opening Ceremony

7:30 PM Rurouni Kenshin screening (Rigler Theatre)

10:00 PM Q&A with Director Keishi Otomo and Actor Munetaka Aoki

10:30 PM Reception


Saturday, December 15

12:30 Ramen booth opens at the Egyptian courtyard

At the Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg):

11:45 AM Roadside Fugitive (Feature), Stick (Short)

Q&A with Japanese actor Akihiro Kitamura from Roadside Fugitive

2:30 PM Rakugo Eiga (Feature), Live Rakugo performance in English by Sanshiro Katsura, Legend of Family (Short).

Q&A with Rakugo Eiga director Mikihiro Endo.

5:00 PM The Kirishima Thing (Feature)

At the Egyptian Theater (Rigler): Double Feature

7:30 PM Helter Skelter

Q& A with Director Mika Ninagawa and Actress Kaori Momoi

10:15 PM Thermae Romae

At the Loews Hollywood Hotel Solano Canyon Room: Business Panel

This event will be held off site at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

Address: 1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, California 90028

Topic: What works? Bringing Japanese IP to Hollywood

We will invite 4 rare experts in the field of bringing Japanese IP (Intellectual Property) to Hollywood and discuss about the current situation, the challenges, and most importantly, the opportunities. Topics will include remakes, co-production, and localization (voice overs and sub-titles).


Sandy Climan (CEO, All Nippon Entertainment Works)
Roy Lee (Producer, Vertigo Entertainment)
Kelly Crabb (Lawyer, Sheppard Mullin)

Donald Hewitt (Screen Writer)


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Panel Discussion

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm: Q&A

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Networking Event


Sunday, December 16

12:30 Ramen booth opens at the Egyptian Courtyard

At the Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg):

11:00 AM Top Chefs: The Wide World of Japanese Food Anime

1:30 PM Asura (Feature), Mo Ikkai (Short)

3:15 PM Competition Shorts & Awards announcement and ceremony.

At the Egyptian Theatre (Rigler): Double Feature

6:00 PM Wolf Children

8:15 PM The Floating Castle


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