LA EigaFest to Host Director Sion Sono

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Festival to screen his 2015 film Tag & hold business panel with Aniplex, Dentsu, Bang Zoom!

Japanese film festival LA EigaFest announced on its Facebook page on Monday that it will host Japanese film director Sion Sono. He will screen his film Tag (Real Onigokko), based on the Yusuke Yamada's Real Onigokko novel, on Sunday, September 27, and he will then hold a 30-minute Q&A session afterwards. The festival at the L.A. Live - Regal Cinemas Los Angeles Stadium will also host a free business panel titled "Selling Japanese Animation to an American Audience" with leaders from Aniplex of America, Dentsu Entertainment USA, and Bang Zoom! Entertainment on Saturday.

LA EigaFest posted an English-subtitled trailer for Tag and also describes the film:

Mitsuko (Reina Triendl) is having a strange day; her bus ride ends with an absurd amount of death. After the horrifying incident she finds her friends, only to have a surreal conversation as though nothing has happened. A teacher with a machine gun opens fire on her and her friends leaving piles of dead girls. Mitsuko runs away only to find out she's become Keiko, a 25-year-old woman (Mariko Shinoda) and it's her wedding day. Her groom is a real pig, a pig in a tuxedo in fact brandishing a knife chasing her around.

What is this strange world? Now Keiko is Izumi (Erina Mano) and is told by a woman she is the cause of so much death. Is it all a nightmare or some kind of game?

You won't know until the very end.

Sion Sono has directed many award-winning films, such as Love Exposure, The Whispering Star, and Love & Peace. Usamaru Furuya adapted his Suicide Club (Jisatsu Circle) film into a manga and released it alongside the film's Japanese DVD release. He has also directed live-action film adaptations of manga such as Tokyo Tribes, Shinjuku Swan, and the All Esper Dayo! TV series and film.

The festival will also screen the U.S. or North American premieres of the manga-based films Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Princess Jellyfish, Prophecy, and Maestro. The Case of Hana & Alice anime film will make its Southern California premiere at the festival.

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