Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog of Tokyo Comes to San Francisco for a Special Theatrical Event at Viz Cinema

Insightful New Documentary Profiles The Life And Work Of One Of The Most Influential Artistic Photographers Living Today

San Francisco, CA, January 12, 2010 – VIZ Cinema, the nation's only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, invites San Francisco's art and film communities to attend a special screening of DAIDO MORIYAMA: STRAY DOG OF TOKYO, the latest documentary from its ongoing NEW PEOPLE ARTIST SERIES. The film provides a rare glimpse into the life and work of this hugely influential photographer and will premiere at the theatre at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 26th – for one night only!

The film will also be released on DVD the same day from VIZ Pictures. Tickets for the special screening are $25.00 and will include a copy of the DVD, postcard, and NEW PEOPLE pin buttons to all who attend. $10 tickets are also available for regular admission. For more information on this event, please visit www.vizcinema.com.

The NEW PEOPLE Artist Series is an intriguing collection of documentaries introducing dynamic modern Japanese pop artists to American audiences. Daido Moriyama has been a major force in artistic photography for more than four decades, but his true persona has been hidden behind a veil of mystery, until now. This documentary captures the moment that Moriyama takes his first ever digital photos and displays his trademark photographic technique of taking quick snapshots without looking in the viewfinder. Often shot in black and white, out of focus and dramatically cropped or tilted, the themes of Moriyama's images have been said to convey a sense of the disordered human condition and the conflicting realities of modern urban life. For more information about the series, please visit www.newpeopleartistseries.com or www.viz-pictures.com.

VIZ Cinema is the nation's only movie theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located in the basement of the NEW PEOPLE building and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection, and a THX®-certified sound system.

NEW PEOPLE offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan and is the creative vision of the J-Pop Center Project and VIZ Pictures, a distributor and producer of Japanese live action film. Located at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco's Japantown, the 20,000 square foot structure features a striking 3-floor transparent glass façade that frames a fun and exotic new environment to engage the imagination into the 21st Century. A dedicated web site is also now available at: www.NewPeopleWorld.com.

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