News San Francisco to Premiere Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, Library Wars Films
posted on 2013-05-20 23:30 EDT
The 2013 J-POP Summit Festival announced on Monday that it will launch the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, "the first fully-dedicated annual Japanese film event for Northern California and the S.F. Bay Area." The July 27-August 4 event will host director Shinsuke Sato (Gantz, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, The Princess Blade, Sand Chronicles) at the U.S. premiere of his live-action Library Wars film on August 2 and 3.
V6 idol group member Junichi Okada (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill ) and Nana Eikura (Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru) star in this adaptation of Hiro Arikawa's Toshokan Sensō action novel series. The story is set in a future version of Japan. A law threatens to clamp down on freedom of expression in 2019, and Iku (Eikura) joins the Library Defense Force, a military unit dedicated to protecting books from being confiscated. However, she finds that the job of her childhood dreams is harder than she bargained for, especially with her hard-nosed instructor Atsushi (Okada).
The festival will also host the U.S. premieres of:
The anime slate also includes:
The festival will screen the live-action film adaptations of:
In addition, it will show:
Miwa Nishikawa's comedy Dreams for Sale (San Francisco premiere, July 27)
the How to Build a Mobile House documentary about architect Kyohei Sakaguchi (U.S. premiere, July 27)
Takashi Miike's new thriller Lesson of the Evil (U.S. premiere, July 27 & July 30)
the suspense film Platinum Data (U.S. premiere, August 1 and 3) with Kazunari Ninomiya (Gantz, Letters From Iwo Jima)