2015 / LA Eiga Festival returns for its 5th year, Sept 25-27

Japan Film Society’s Premiere Film Festival, LA EigaFest,

Returns for its 5th Year

LA EigaFest Comes to the LA Live Regal Cinemas with the North American Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

LA EigaFest, Los Angeles’ preeminent Japanese film festival, returns for its 5th year on September 25th-27th at the LA Live Regal Cinemas.

LA EigaFest is presented by the Japan Film Society to showcase Japanese and Japanese influenced films that appeal to the broad American audience, introduce and promote new and upcoming filmmakers/talent to Hollywood and enhance the relationship between the US and Japanese film industries.

“We’re very excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary at L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas, which is a big milestone for us. Our film festival has grown over the years and we believe L.A. LIVE is a great location to showcase the festival’s young and energetic vibe,” says Hayato Mitsuishi, President of the Japan Film Society and LA EigaFest Festival Director, “We have a great line-up of films that are mostly North American or US premieres and this is a rare opportunity to see the latest Japanese films with English sub-titles on the big screen.”

LA EigaFest 2015 will open with the US premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the 3rd and final installment of the Kenshin action trilogy. The opening night red carpet will be attended by the film’s director, Keishi Otomo and Munetaka Aoki who plays “Sagara Sanosuke.” The film festival will close with the US premiere of Yakuza action comedy, Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, directed by Takeshi Kitano.

Highlighting films across all genres, LA EigaFest 2015 will host the North American premiere of youth comedy drama, Flying Colors, the highest grossing film in Japan this year, and youth anime, The Case of Hana & Alice. Additional special screenings include: Princess Jellyfish (North American Premiere), Prophecy (North American Premiere), Shinsengumi (North American Premiere), Tag (US Premiere), That’s It (US Premiere), The Mourner (North American Premiere), Deadman Inferno (US Premiere), Forget Me Not (West Coast Premiere), Maestro! (US Premiere), Initiation Love (Southern California Premiere), Kakekomi (Southern California Premiere), Passage of Jomon and Pakur (International Premiere), Moment Girl: Momento Mori (International Premiere), and Solomon’s Perjury 1 & 2 (West Coast Premiere). The festival will also have a shorts program (SSFF&Asia selection) and a Shorts Competition (Golden Zipangu Awards). All films will include English subtitles.

LA EigaFest 2014 saw thousands of attendees, hosted a business panel held in conjunction with the Japan External Trade Organization and Japan Film Society, and honoured Tom Cruise and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow director). Previous celebrities who have attended the festival include Oliver Stone, Ken Watanabe and George Takei.

Tickets and additional information can be found at http://www.laeigafest.com/

See below for the full lineup of newly announced film titles for LA EigaFest 2015.

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LA EigaFest  2015  PROGRAM

L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas

9/25

RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS (2014)
North American Premiere, 134min
Director – Keishi Ohtomo
Starring – Takeru Sato, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Emi Takei
Opening @ Premiere House

9/26

MAESTRO! (2015)
US Premiere, 129min
Director – Shotaro Kobayashi
Starring – Tori Matsuzaka, Toshiyuki Nishida, Miwa
Auditorium 12

THE MOURNER (2015)
North American Premiere, 138min
Director – Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Starring – Kengo Kora, Yuriko Ishida, Arata Iura
Auditorium 12

PROPHECY (2015)
North American Premiere, 122min
Director – Yoshihiro Nakamura
Starring – Toma Ikuta, Erika Toda, Ryohei Suzuki
Auditorium 12

THAT’S IT (2015)
US Premiere, 110min
Director – Gakuryu Ishii
Starring – Shota Sometani, Erina Mizuno, Kiyohiko Shibukawa
Auditorium 12

KAKEKOMI (2015)
Southern California Premiere, 144min
Director – Masato Harada
Starring – Yo Oizumi, Erika Toda, Hikari Mitsushima
Auditorium 13

THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE (2015)
Southern California Premiere, 100min
Director – Shunji Iwai
Starring – Ann Suzuki, Yu Aoi, Ryo KAtsuji
Auditorium 13

FLYING COLORS (2015)
North American Premiere, 117min
Director – Nobuhiro Doi
Starring – Kasumi Arimura, Atsushi Ito, Shuhei Nomura
Auditorium 13

SOLOMON’S PERJURY 1: SUSPICION (2015)
West Coast Premiere, 121min
Director – Izuru Narushima
Starring – Ryoko Fujino, Mizuki Itagaki, Anna Ishii
Auditorium 13

SOLOMON’S PERJURY 2: JUDGEMENT (2015)
West Coast Premiere, 146min
Director – Izuru Narushima
Starring – Ryoko Fujino, Mizuki Itagaki, Anna Ishii
Auditorium 13

TAG (2015)
US Premiere, 85min
Director – Shion Sono
Starring – Reina Trindl, Mariko Shinoda, Yuki Sakurai
Auditorium 13

9/27

SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA SELECTION

61min

Directors – Yuki Saito, Takuya Matsumoto, Hidenobu Abera
Auditorium 12

 

WGFF SELECTION (DOCUMENTARY) – PASSAGE OF JOMON AND PAKUR (2014)

International Premiere, 122min

Director – Hiroyuki Mizumoto

Starring – Yoshiharu Sekino, Junichiro Watabe, Youhei Sato

Auditorium 12
SHORTS COMPETITION: GOLDEN ZIPANGU AWARDS
90min

Directors: Keita Niwa, Tsukasa Kishimoto, Yoshiaki Sajima, Takumi Kawagoe, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.
Auditorium 12

 

WGFF SELECTION (FEATURE) – MOMENT GIRL: MEMENTO MORI (2013)

International Premiere, 101min

Director – Kento Shimizu

Starring – Kanako Kataoka, Yura Komuro, Kouichiro Kanzaki

Auditorium 12
FORGET ME NOT (2015)
West Coast Premiere, 94min
Director – Kei Horie
Starring – Nijiro Murakami, Akari Hayami, Yoshikazu Nishikawa
Auditorium 13

JVTA SPECIAL SCREENING – SHINSENGUMI (2000)
North American Premiere, 86min
Director – Kon Ichikawa
Starring – Atsuo Nakamura, Kiichi Nakai, Ryuji Harada
Auditorium 13

INITIATION LOVE (2015)
Southern California Premiere, 110min
Director – Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Starring – Atsuko Maeda, Shota Matsuda, Fumino Kimura
Auditorium 13

DEADMAN’S INFERNO (2015)
US Premiere, 109min
Director – Hiroshi Shinagawa
Starring – Sho Aikawa, Shingo Tsurumi, Sawa Suzuki
Auditorium 13

PRINCESS JELLYFISH (2014)
North American Premiere,126min
Director – Yasuhiro Kawamura
Starring – Rena Nounen, Masaki Suda, Nana Katase
Premiere House

RYUZO AND THE SEVEN HENCHMEN (2015)
US Premiere, 125min
Director – Takeshi Kitano
Starring – Tatsuya Fuji, Masaomi Kondo, Akira Nakao

Closing @ Premiere House

About LA EigaFest

LA EigaFest is a Japanese film festival based in Los Angeles devoted to: showcasing Japanese/Japanese influenced films to an American audience, promoting emerging filmmakers to Hollywood, and enhancing the communication and relationship between US and Japanese film industries. “Eiga” means “film” in Japanese and was included in the festival’s title in the hopes of becoming an iconic Japanese-English term and a symbol of cross-cultural efforts between Japanese and U.S. filmmakers.

About Japan Film Society

The Japan Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote Japanese film and culture in the United States. It is a network of artists, business people, and film lovers who share an appreciation for the diverse world of Japanese cinema and aspire to showcase the work of Japanese filmmakers and non-Japanese artists inspired by Japanese cinema and culture. Their mission is to help enhance understanding and build relationships between Japan and the United States through film, and to work together with artists, fans, and the public to create positive change in society.