Mamoru Oshii's Tachigui at the 35th Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal

Oct 13th 2006
Mamoru Oshii's
Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters
at the 35th Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal

After its North American premiere in Vancouver and its second European
screening at Sitges 06, Mamoru Oshii's Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of
the Fast Food Grifters (original title: Tachiguishi Retsuden, 2006,
104')
will be back to Canada for the 35th Festival du Nouveau Cinema de
Montreal (FNC). Oshii's movie has been officially selected for Temps O
(Time Zero), the festival's section that brings together the hottest
names in genre cinema and animated films.
Started in 1971 as the first international film festival in Canada, the
Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal (FNC) is devoted to the
dissemination and development of emerging trends in cinema and new
media.
It is a forum for audiences to discover original new works,
particularly
in cinema d'auteur and digital creation. The Festival's strength lies
above all in the quality of its programming, which has evolved in step
with trends in cinema and new media. Thanks to its constant evolution
in
response to changes in cinema and new media, the FNC has earned an
international reputation for remaining on the leading edge of high-tech
exhibition.

Screening schedule:
Date: October 22, 2006 (Sun)
Time: 01:15 am
Place: Ex-Centris, Fellini Theater (3536 Boul. Saint Laurent)

Date: October 23rd (Mon)
Time: 03:55 pm

FNC official website: http://www.nouveaucinema.ca

Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters retells Japan's
history from 1945 to our days through the feats of self-proclaimed dine
and dash professionals ?the Fast Food Grifters. They are phantoms that
rise and fall with Japan¡Çs shifting diet-styles, dissenting heroes who
carved their names on the dark side of dietary culture with their
glare.
And now their legend revives, strong than ever!
The movie, in a mockumentary style, has received particular attention
for the revolutionary visual technique adopted, called
¡Èsuperlivemation,¡É
in which real people still photos are first digitalized and then
computer-animated. The extraordinary cast includes Toshio Suzuki
(Studio
Ghibli¡Çs producer), Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone
Complex director), Shoji Kawamori (Macross and Aquarion director), and
Shinji Higuchi (Lorelei and Japan Sinking director). The music score is
written by Oshii¡Çs most trusted composer, Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the
Shell, Innocence), who is also playing a role in the movie.

Mamoru Oshii (Tokyo on August 8, 1951) is one of the most remarkable
personalities in modern Japanese filmmaking. He introduced
introspective
philosophical speculation into the world of animation, while
influencing
Hollywood creators with his visionary style. His main works are the
epoch-making Ghost in the Shell (1995, N. 1 in Billboard Top Video
Sales
Chart), Innocence (2004, nominated for the Palme d¡ÇOr at the Festival
de Cannes) and the live-action Avalon (2001). His latest directorial
effort, Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters (2006),
based on his own novel, had its international premiere at the 63rd
Venice Film Festival..

Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Production I.G is one of the
world's leading animation studios. With its cutting-edge works, such as
Ghost in the Shell (1995), Jin-Roh (2000), Blood: The Last Vampire
(2000),
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (animation segment, 2003) and Innocence (2004), I.G
has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring Hollywood
creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski
brothers. From December 2005, Production I.G is publicly listed on
JASDAQ. (http://www.production-ig.com)

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