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San Francisco's Japan Film Fest to Premiere Hunter x Hunter, Silver Spoon, Crows Explode

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Also: Short Peace, anohana, Berserk III, The Garden of Words, Why Don't You Play In Hell?

The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco announced this year's film lineup on Wednesday. The July 19-27 event will host director Mitsutoshi Tanaka (Castle Under Fiery Skies) at the west coast premiere of his live-action Ask This Of Rikyu film on July 19. The festival will also feature the U.S. premieres of the Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- anime film, the live-action Silver Spoon film, and the live-action Crows: Explode film.

The festival will screen:

Short Peace (July 20)

The Garden of Words (July 21)

anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day film (July 21)

Silver Spoon live-action film (U.S. Premiere, July 22, 26)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent (July 23, 27)

Crows: Explode (U.S. Premiere, July 24, 27)

Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- (U.S. Premiere, July 26)

The festival will also screen Count Five To Dream Of You, Kotodama – Spiritual Curse, J-POP Splash!, Tokyo Short Stories, Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play In Hell?, Bon Lin, A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story, Pecoross' Mother and Her Days, A Tale of Yonosuke, and Kanzaburo – The Movie. All films will screen with English subtitles.

The event launched last year as "the first fully-dedicated annual Japanese film event for Northern California and the S.F. Bay Area." The festival screened the United States premiere of the Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo film.

The festival also hosted the U.S. premieres of the live-action Library Wars film with director Shinsuke Satō in attendance, the Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge film, Naruto Shippūden: The Lost Tower film, and the Resident Evil: Damnation film.

Last year's anime slate included the San Francisco premiere of Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children film, and the encore screening of Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning. The festival screened the live-action film adaptations of Kyoko Okazaki's psychological manga Helter Skelter, Minoru Furuya's psychological manga Himizu, Nobuhiro Watsuki's historical action manga Rurouni Kenshin, and the science-fiction anime Space Battleship Yamato.

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