San Francisco's Japan Film Fest to Premiere Hunter x Hunter, Silver Spoon, Crows Explode
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
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.