VIZ Cinema is a 143-seat underground cinema inside NEW PEOPLE in San Francisco, owned and operated by VIZ Pictures. Equipped with a cutting-edge HD digital projection and THX®-certified sound system, VIZ Cinema’s programming focuses on the latest and hottest films from Japan, as well as an incredible legacy of classics, favorites, documentaries and anime – making it the only venue of its kind in the United States.
Music is inspiration to our lives, and one song could often inspire a whole movie. The December film programming showcases films with strong ties to melody, beat, lyrics, and the artistry of performance. Discover your favorite moments that forever resonate with in.
Fri, 12/4 – Thu, 12/10
Linda Linda Linda
(2007, 115min., With English Subtitles, Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita )
Cast: Doo-na Bae, Aki Maeda, Yu Kashii, Shiori Sekine
Only three days before their high school festival, guitarist Kei (Yu Kashii), drummer Kyoko (Aki Maeda of Battle Royale), and bassist Nozomi (Shiori Sekine) are forced to recruit a new lead singer for their band. They choose Korean exchange student Son (Doona Bae of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), though her comprehension of Japanese is a bit rough! It’s a race against time as the group struggles to learn three tunes for the festival’s rock concert—including a classic 80’s punk-pop song called “Linda Linda” by the Japanese group The Blue Hearts.
12/4 (Fri) 7:30pm
12/5 (Sat) & 12/6 (Sun) (12:00pm), 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm
12/7 (Mon) – 12/9 (Wed) 5:00pm, 7:30pm
Fri, 12/11 – Thu, 12/24 Fri, 12/11 DVD Release Special
20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End [ Encore! ]
(2008, 142 min., English Subtitles. Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi)
By popular demand, 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End is returning to VIZ Cinema, preceding the celebration of the long-awaited DVD release! Based on the best-selling manga series, this first chapter of the trilogy film adaptation revolves around the “Book of Prophecy” written by the boy Kenji and his friends, who dreamed of a hero who would stand up against an evil organization plotting to destroy the world. 30 years later, a series of catastrophes occur exactly as they were described in their book. With the power of his song, is Kenji going to be able to save the world?!
Fri, 12/11 @ 7:30pm
DVD Release Event! – Special Price: Tickets + DVD $25
12/12 (Sat) & 12/13 (Sun) (1:30pm), 4:30pm, 7:30pm
12/14 (Mon) 4:30pm, 7:30pm
12/15 (Tue) & 12/16 (Wed) 4:30pm only!
12/17 (Thu) & 12/18 (Fri) 4:30pm, 7:30pm
12/19 (Sat) & 12/20 (Sun) (1:30pm), 4:30pm, 7:30pm
12/21 (Mon) – 12/23 (Wed) 4:30pm, 7:30pm
12/24 (Thu) 4:30pm only!
© 2008 “20th Century Boys” Film Partners
Tue, 12/15 & Wed, 12/16 – 2 nights only! (7:30pm )
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
(2006, 98min., English Dubbed, Directed by Mamoru Hosoda)
Underachieving high school student Makoto Konno recently started hearing voices and having strange visions that can’t be explained. One day while riding her bike home from school she gets hit by a train—but doesn’t die. Instead she finds herself transported back in time to a few moments before the accident, allowing her to escape in time. After learning that she has this unique ability to “leap” through time, Makoto begins to use it in her everyday life to deftly avoid just about every mundane inconvenience or socially awkward situation. However, when she uses her powers a little bit too much with her closest friends, she discovers that the benefits of time travel aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
12/15 (Tue) & 12/16 (Wed) 7:30pm 2 nights only!
Sat, 12/26 – Thu, 1/7, 2010
SHINDO [ Regional Premiere ]
(2007, 120min., With English Subtitles, Directed by Koji Hagiuda)
Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama, Riko Narumi
Based on a manga by Akira Sasou. Wao, a high school grad wanting to go to music school, meets a 13-year-old child prodigy pianist Uta. Uta often skips lessons behind her mother’s back and takes a liking to Wao, who is sincerely devoted to the piano. Uta soon begins to visit Wao’s family vegetable shop regularly, and although they are neither lovers nor siblings, their relationship is connected by music. Actor Kenichi Matsuyama gives an excellent performance as the young man, Wao, who supports the struggling young genius. The actress playing Uta is Riko Narumi, a talented up and coming actress. This is her first staring role in a feature film.
12/26 (Sat) & 12/27 (Sun) (2:30pm), 5:00pm, 7:30pm
12/28 (Mon) – 12/30 (Wed) 5:00pm, 7:30pm
12/31 (Thu) 5:00pm only!
1/2 (Sat) & 1/3 (Sun) (12:00pm), 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm
1/4 (Mon) – 1/7 (Thu) 5:00pm, 7:30pm
* All programming is subject to change. * Showtimes in ( ) indicates matinee price.Back to Top