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“Mifune x Kurosawa” Film Festival Playing at VIZ Cinema in Japantown Through January 6th 2011

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

VIZ Cinema in the New People Building on Post is playing host to an Akira Kurosawa / Toshiro Mifune film fest these days.

All the deets here and after the jump:

“Seven Films Playing Thru January 6th At The Bay Area Theatre Showcase Iconic Director Akira Kurosawa And Actor Toshiro Mifune

San Francisco, CA, December 20, 2010 – VIZ Cinema, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, concludes 2010 with Mifune x Kurosawa, a special new festival celebrating the work of iconic director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune beginning Saturday, December 18th and running until Thursday, January 6th.

Escape holiday doldrums with seven films including Red BeardThe IdiotThe Lower DepthsHigh And LowStray DogDrunken Angel, and the classic action masterpiece, Seven Samurai, which will be presented with a New Year’s reception party on January 2nd. Tickets to all screenings are $10.00 each; screening times and more details are available at:www.vizcinema.com.

Mifune x Kurosawa : A Beautiful Man

Toshiro Mifune graced Japanese cinema with his good looks, fierceness, and charisma. VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa’s films featuring Mifune at his finest moments.

VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30

Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
Red Beard
(1965, 185 minutes, 35mm, English Subtitles)
12/18 (Sat) @ 2:45pm

12/20 (Mon) @ 7:15pm
12/21 (Tue) @ 3:00pm
12/23 (Thu) @ 7:15pm
12/26 (Sun) @ 1:45pm

Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity.


Tickets $10


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“China Underground” Film Series Runs Dec. 3-5 at VIZ Cinema – “Unauthorized, Uncensored, Independent”

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Here’s the contention:

“Independent documentaries are the only free media existing in mainland China today.”

Do y0u buy that? Well, see for yourself at China Underground from December 3-5  at VIZ Cinema on Post Street in the New People Building.

All the deets:

VIZ CINEMA SPOTLIGHTS NEW CHINESE FILM MOVEMENT IN CHINA UNDERGROUND OPENING IN DECEMBER

7 Films Over 3 Days Offer a View of China as Never Seen Before

San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2010 – VIZ Cinema and NEW PEOPLE, in association with dGenerate Films, are proud to present a fascinating series focusing on a new vanguard of Chinese independent filmmakers, whose innovative uses of digital filmmaking deliver provocative insights into the world’s largest nation. The China Underground film series opens Friday, December 3rd and runs through Sunday, December 5th. Tickets and complete details are available at: www.vizcinema.com.

All of the documentary films to be shown at the festival were made outside the official Chinese film system – unauthorized, uncensored, and totally independent. These groundbreaking films introduce a new generation of filmmakers who represent the future of Chinese cinema, using new technology to present a vision of China as never seen before. A wide variety of controversial topics and issues like homosexuality, the role of women in society, the forced relocation of citizens which preceded the 2008 Beijing Olympics, drug use, and the inner workings of Chinese law enforcement, are examined in unflinching detail in these seven films.

China Underground opens Friday December 3rd with the premiere of Queer China, “Comrade” China at 7:00pm. The screening will include a Q&A session with several guest speakers and an after-party that will immediately follow. The remaining films will be screened throughout the weekend.

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San Francisco Film Society Annouces Fall Season – NY/SF Kid’s Film Fest Starts Sept. 24

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

An incredible man will shrink for your pleasure up at the Presidio‘s Film in the Fog series come October 2, 2010. That’s just one of the events that the San Francisco Film Society has planned for you before year’s end.

“SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES EXPANDED SLATE FOR FALL SEASON 2010, LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 24 WITH NY/SF INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Six Festivals, Outdoor Screening, Pitch Forum, Polanski Shorts and the Mountain Goats Live Enrich the Bay Area Cinematic Calendar

San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society will present an ambitious, expanded Fall Season 2010, commencing September 24 with the inaugural NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival and closing December 14 with a newly commissioned score performance of Sir Arne’s Treasure with the Mountain Goats.
  
NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival
September 24 – 26
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
A celebration of diverse, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining films for kids ages 6-18 and their families
 
Film in the Fog: The Incredible Shrinking Man
October 2
Main Post Theater in the Presidio
Free family-friendly outdoor screening of a sci-fi classic
 
Film Arts Forum: Pitch Perfect
October 4
Mezzanine
A panel and networking event focusing on the mechanics of effective pitching for documentaries and narrative features
 
Taiwan Film Days
October 22 – 24
Viz Cinema
A showcase of the best contemporary Taiwanese cinema
 
French Cinema Now
October 28 – November 3
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
Significant new works from one of the world’s most renowned filmmaking countries

Sneak Preview: Nice Guy Johnny
November 4
Roxie Theater
Indie director Edward Burns presents his new film in person

Cinema by the Bay
November 5 – 8
Roxie Theater and the Lab
Celebrating the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking
 
Polanski + Sza/Za
November 10
Premier Theater at Letterman Digital Arts Center
Rarely seen early short films by the master director with live musical accompaniment by the Warsaw-based electro-acoustical duo Sza/Za
 
San Francisco International Animation Festival
November 11 – 14
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
The boldest and most exciting animated films from around the world
 
New Italian Cinema
November 14 – 21
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
Celebrating the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and its newest generation of filmmakers

Sir Arne’s Treasure with the Mountain Goats
December 14
Castro Theatre
Mauritz Stiller’s classic Swedish silent film with live music by one of indie rock’s most distinctive voices

San Francisco Film Society is a nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to celebrating the world of film and media in four core areas: Internationalism and Cross-Cultural Exchange, Educating and Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Media. Its activities are organized via three major program areas: Exhibition, Education and Filmmaker Services.
 
The Film Society shows the best of world cinema year-round on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; presents the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the SF International (April 21-May 5, 2011); and presents the San Francisco International Animation Festival, New Italian Cinema, Cinema by the Bay, Taiwan Film Days and French Cinema Now each fall. SFFS presents more than 300 days of programming each year, reaching a total audience of more than 100,000 people. Its acclaimed Youth Education program introduces international cinema and media literacy to more than 10,000 teachers and students annually.
 
SFFS publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, with broad-ranging news and features on Bay Area film culture and provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through Filmmaker Services, including FilmHouse Residencies, Fiscal Sponsorship, SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants, Hearst Screenwriting Grant, Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.”

65th Anniversary of Atomic Bombings Marked on August 6-7 at VIZ Cinema in Japantown

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Some survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and/or Nagasaki will be on hand at the New People Building in Japantown on Post Street this weekend.

The Hibakusha, the “explosion-affected people,” won’t be around much longer, so this will be an historic event.

All the deets are below.

8/6 Fri 7:00pm & 8/7 Sat 12:15pm

White Light / Black Rain

(Directed by Steven Okazaki, 2007, 86 min, 35mm, English Language)

White Light / Black Rain at VIZ Cinema  Friday, 8/6 @ 7:00pm & Saturday, 8/7 @ 12:15pm 
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White Light/Black Rain, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, presents an unblinking look at the first time nuclear weapons were used in war. After 60 years, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, continue to inspire argument, denial and myth. Featuring interviews with fourteen atomic bomb survivors (known as hibakusha ), many who have never spoken publicly before, and four Americans intimately involved in the bombings, White Light/Black Rain provides a detailed examination of the bombings and their aftermath. Winner of 2008 Emmy® Awards. “Compelling and compassionate… a stirring and heart-wrenching statement of the horrible powers that mankind holds in its fist.”
-The Hollywood Reporter

8/6 Fri 7:00pm : Tickets – $15 Premiere Night Event with reception and Q & A with Friends of Hibakusha.

8/7 Sat 12:15pm : Tickets – $10 Regular screening. No discounts apply.

★Part of the ticket sales will be directly donated to Friends of Hibakusha in Japantown. The U.S. does not currently offer free medical treatment programs for atomic bomb-affected individuals; Japan does.

VIZ CINEMA PRESENTS THE POIGNANT DOCUMENTARY WHITE LIGHT / BLACK RAIN TO COMMEMORATE THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATOMIC BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI
 
Academy Award Winning Director Steven Okazaki Captures Emotional Stories Of Extraordinary Resilience; Film Premiere To Present A Special
Q & A Session With Survivors And The Friends Of Hibakusha Organization
 
San Francisco, CA, July 28, 2010 – VIZ Cinema, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, is proud to present a screening on August 6th and 7th of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki’s White Light / Black Rain, a moving documentary about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that brought about the end of World War II.
 
Tickets are now available to attend a special Premiere Event for White Light / Black Rain on Friday, August 6th at 7:00pm that will also include a Q&A session with several survivorsand the Friends of Hibakusha, a San Francisco organization dedicated to supporting U.S. citizens and Japanese-American survivors of radiation exposure from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A portion of ticket sales will be donated directly to the Friends of Hibakusha.

 

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Godzilla Invades Japantown Tonight – TokyoScope Talk Vol.3: War of the Giant Monsters

Friday, May 7th, 2010

To kick off Godzillathon at the New People Building in Japantown, why not check out TokyoScope Talk Vol.3: War of the Giant Monsters tonight at 7:00 PM?

How UCSF looks whenever you-know-who invades:

See you there!

GIANT MONSTERS INVADE SAN FRANCICSO. THE BIGGEST CELEBRITY FROM JAPAN – GODZILLA – CRASHES VIZ CINEMA FOR SPECIAL FILM AND DISCUSSION EVENTS IN MAY
 
VIZ Cinema Hosts Kaiju Shakedown! Godzillathon! And TokyoScope Talk Vol. 3 Features War Of  The Giant Monsters Discussion And Prize Raffle Of New Gamera DVD
 
San Francisco, CA – NEW PEOPLE and VIZ Cinema welcome the 3rd and latest installment of TokyoScope Talk – War of the Giant Monsters – on Friday, May 7th at 7:00pm. Join Otaku USA Editor-in-Chief Patrick Macias, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters author August Ragone, and Japanese film critic Tomohiro Machiyama at the Bay Area’s hottest film venue for a fun and lively discussion on the “kaiju” (monster) movies featuring rare images and clips of Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera and other iconic creatures from classic Japanese sci-fi cinema. General admission tickets are $10.00.
 
TokyoScope Talk – War of the Giant Monsters will feature a special raffle giveaway of premium monster collectables including the brand new DVD release from Shout! Factory of Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965). The revered classic features the original Japanese version of the film presented with fresh English subtitles and anamorphic widescreen produced from an all-new HD master created from original vault elements.
 
VIZ Cinema is located inside the NEW PEOPLE building at 7146 Post St. in the heart of San Francisco’s Japan-town.
 
More details at
www.vizcinema.com
 
VIZ Cinema also invites Bay Area monster fans to a 5-day Kaiju Shakedown: Godzillathon!, running Saturday, May 8th thru Thursday, May 13th. Featured will be rare screenings of the Big G’s 4 most-loved films including Godzilla vs. Hedora (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
 
Don’tmiss a rare chance to see the beauty and enormity of Godzilla in stunning 35mm prints with English subtitles and a premium THX®-certified sound system!
 
These events may sell-out. Ticket prices: General Admission: $10.00; Senior & Child: $8.00. Advance tickets on sale at:
http://www.newpeopleworld.com/films/films-5-2010/#godzillathon
 
VIZ Cinema is the nation’s first 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.