2008 Japan Film Festival – Bigger and Better than Ever

LOS ANGELES, CA— The newly revamped Japan Film Festival (www.jffla.org) will return April 11- 17 with a brand new home at the ImaginAsian Center in Downtown Los Angeles and a slew of films – many of which will debut for the first time in the US – from some of Japan's most prolific writers and directors in a variety of genres. The second round will take place in Irvine, at the Starplex Cinemas, April 18-20. From anime to award-winning films to Kurosawa classics, the 2008 Japan Film Festival is a prime example of the true versatility and vivacity of Japan's film industry.

Among the list of feature films to be presented are: the award-winning and internationally acclaimed “Hula Girls” (directed by Sang-il Lee); the live action adaptation of writer Fumiyo Kono's award-winning manga “Yunagi no machi, Sakura no kuni” “Yunagi City, Sakura Country” (directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe); “Always: Sunset on Third Street” (directed by Takashi Yamazaki ) nominated in three categories at the 2008 Asian Film Awards; winner of the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival's Netpac Award “Faces of a Fig Tree” [Ichijiku no Kao] (Directed/Written by Kaori Momoi)…and many more!

Japanese animation fans will also be able to get their fix with “Atagoal Cat's Magical Forest” [Atagoal wa Neko no Mori]; Writer Masamune Shirow's much-anticipated “Appleseed: ExMachina”; and the just-released “One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta.” Plus, a collection of never-seen-before shorts from independent animation promotion company “Anime Innovation Tokyo.”
(for a full list, please see the website)

In addition to the feature films, the 2008 Japan Film Festival will also hold a symposium at UCLA's Anderson Hall Saturday April 5th in which a panel of known Japanese directors, producers, and industry insiders will discuss the state of Japanese films outside Japan, past present and future.

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