Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters USA premiere in NY

Jan 24th 2007

Mamoru Oshii's "Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters" (original title: Tachiguishi Retsuden) will receive its USA premiere at Film Comment Selects 2007, the film series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center from February 14 to 27, 2007 in New York City.

Screening schedule:
Date: February 23, 2007 (Fri)
Time: 08:30 pm
Place: The Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Upper level

Date: February 25, 2007 (Sun)
Time: 01:00 pm
Place: The Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Upper level

(Screening dates may changes. Please refer to Film Comment Selects 2007 official website: www.filmlinc.com)

Film Comment Selects presents films championed by the writers and editors of Film Comment magazine, published by The Film Society of Lincoln Center. The eighth edition of Film Comment magazine's ever eclectic and adventurous showcase offers a wide assortment of previews, discoveries and rediscoveries, many of them New York, if not U.S. premieres. Considered USA's most respected cinematic journal, Film Comment magazine features the best writing around on new international and American cinema.

On "Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters," Film Comment's European editor Olaf Moller wrote: "It fits no category... Absurdly funny, at times tragic, and continuously eye-popping, it's an epic, voiceover-loaded social history of postwar Japan told through the eyes of a criminal clan.Honest-to-God masterpiece of mad invention."

Also known for two world-class film events, the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films, The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.

The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world's most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries.

"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(I¡$B%L(Bs 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 "superlivemation," in which real people still photos are first digitalized and then computer-animated. The extraordinary cast includes Toshio Suzuki (Studio Ghibli(I¡$B%L(Bs producer), Kenji Kamiyama ("Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" director), Shoji Kawamori ("Macross" and "Aquarion" director), and Shinji Higuchi ("Lorelei" and "Sinking of Japan" director). The music score is written by Oshii's 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'Or 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. Official Website: http://www.production-ig.com


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