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.
Spring is in full bloom! During the season of sakura (cherry blossom), VIZ Cinema presents another feverish month with a fresh new line up! Don’t miss the chance to attend the U.S. premieres of Eatrip and Gundam Forever Marathon!
All throughout April, come as a group of 4 or more and everyone gets matinee price!!
*Only available at the box office.
*Not available for Gundam Marathon, K-20, and on specialty priced passes.
APRIL’S FEATURED ARTIST: Director Yuri Nomura
Born in Tokyo, Yuri Nomura is a food coordinator, creator and teacher. She is widely active with her Food Creative Team “eatrip”, taking the subject of ‘eating’ to the next level. Her film Eatrip is all about eating and has created a buzz in film festivals worldwide. Now it is coming to San Francisco! Nomura will attend the U.S. premiere of eatrip at VIZ Cinema on April 10th during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Friday, 3/26 – Thursday, 4/8, 2010
(2007, 111min, Digital, English subtitled, Directed by Mika Ninagawa)
Cast: Anna Tsuchiya, Kippei Shiina, Yoshino Kimura
Presented by Asmik Ace Entertainment
Based on the manga by Moyoko Anno, Sakuran (wild cherry blossom) illustrates the life of Kiyoha, a girl who had an unfortunate childhood being brought up to become a Yoshiwara courtesan in the Edo era. After an attempt to run away from the district, Kiyoha rises up to the stardom of “Oiran”, the status of the most wanted courtesan. She struggles and dreams to obtain her freedom one day. Starring Anna Tsuchiya of Kamikaze Girls in her first leading role.
*This film contains nudity. Parental guidance recommended.
3/26 (Fri) 4:30pm, 7:00pm
3/27 (Sat) – 3/28 (Sun) 12:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:40pm, 7:00pm
3/29 (Mon) – 4/2 (Fri) 4:30pm, 7:00pm
4/3 (Sat) 12:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:40pm
4/4 (Sun) 12:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:40pm, 7:00pm
4/5 (Mon) – 4/8 (Thu) 4:30pm, 7:00pm
Friday, 4/9 7:00pm
The Wild and Crazy World of Japanese Cult Films Vol.2
MECHA MANIA: Four Decades of Slam-Bang Sci-Fi Robot Anime
Hosted by Patrick Macias
Presented by OTAKU USA
Patrick Macias, Editor in Chief of OTAKU USA, hosts the 2nd talk in his series. This time it’s all about Japan’s ‘mecha’ (robots and machines) obsession. Also co-hosting the event will be author and critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is highly respected as an Otaku culture guru in Japan, who also together with Macias wrote Cruising Anime City. Patrick and Tomohiro will give us an insight into the world of mecha anime through its history from the 60′s Tetsujin 28 –go to Gundam as well as Gurren Lagann.
Don’t miss the delicious raffle giveaway at the event of tear-jerking treasures for super mecha fans!
＊Ticket price is $8 General. No further discounts apply.
Andrew has been picked to be the winner!
Saturday, 4/10 – 1 night only!
Gundam Forever Marathon
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie I
(Directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1981, Digital, 137 min., English Subtitled)
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie II: Soldiers of Sorrow
(Directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1981, Digital, 134 min., English Subtitled)
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie III: Encounters in Space
(Directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1982, Digital, 141 min., English Subtitled)
BY POPULAR DEMAND, we are screening the original SUBTITLED version.
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie I @ 11:00am
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie II: Soldiers of Sorrow @ 1:35pm
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie III: Encounters in Space @4:05pm
Ticket price is $10 General. Combo Ticket $25. No discounts apply.
In the year 0079 of the Universal Century, the Earth Federation and its space colonies are engaged in an apocalyptic war. The rebellious Duchy of Zeon, using humanoid fighting machines called Mobile Suits, has all but vanquished the Federation. Now the Federation’s last hope is the prototype Mobile Suit, Gundam. When a twist of fate makes young civilian Amuro Ray the sole-pilot of Gundam, Amuro’s own battle begins – a struggle not only for the Federation’s survival, but for his own.
Saturday, 4/10 – Sunday, 4/25
Eatrip [ U.S. Premiere ]
(2009, 80min, 35mm, English subtitled, Directed by Yuri Nomura)
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, UA, Sen Souoku
Eatrip explores the interpersonal relationships that food nurtures. This documentary includes interviews with actor Tadanobu Asano, singer UA, tea master Sen Souoku, and many others. It takes you on a journey throughout Japan to look at how life can be led optimally through the daily ritual of eating. To eat is indeed to live. Life is just an “eating trip” (eatrip).
Don’t miss the U.S. premiere of Eatrip with director Yuri Nomura herself hosting a reception + foods & talk party in association with Sylvan Mishima Brackett, owner of PEKO-PEKO catering and former creative director at Chez Panisse. There is only limited seats, so purchase your tickets early! VIP ticket: $50 ( for April 10th @ 7:00pm)
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!
4/10 (Sat) 7:00
4/11 (Sun) 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00
4/12 (Mon) – 4/15 (Thu) 5:00, 7:00
4/16 (Fri) 5:00
4/17 (Sat), 4/18 (Sun) 12:30, 2:30
4/19 (Mon) – 4/23 (Fri) 5:00 (EXCEPT 4/20 not available)
4/24 (Sat), 4/25 (Sun) 12:30. 2:30
Friday, 4/16 – Thursday, 4/29
(2009, 114min, Digital, English subtitled, Directed by Jun-ichi Mori)
Cast: Ryo Kase, Masaki Okada, Fumiyo Kohinata
Presented by Asmik Ace Entertainment
Based on the bestselling novel by Kotaro Isaka, ”A Pierrot”.
A serial arsonist leaving mysterious grafitti by the burn site is on the loose in Sendai. Brothers Izumi and Haru both with names derived from the English word ‘spring’, hold bitter memories from the past. They become obsessively drawn to solving the arson case on their own. Their family secrets are unraveled as more clues are revealed.
Screening Dates & Time >>
Tuesday, 4/20 – 1 night only! 7:00 p.m. DVD Release Special!
K-20 : The Fiend with Twenty Faces
(2009, 137 min, Digital, English subtitled, Directed by Shimako Sato)
Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Toru Nakamura
7:00pm Ticket + DVD = $25
Tickets – $25: The event ticket is $10 only for the screening, or $25.00 for a movie ticket, the brand new DVD, a poster, and a more!
It is 1949 in Japan, in a world where World War II never happened and the nobility system is still in place. Heikichi, a circus acrobat, is deceived by “The Fiend (Kaijin) with Twenty Faces”, a.k.a. K-20, and is set up to take the fall for the phantom thief. Now, Heikichi must wage war against K-20. Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, and Toru Nakamura. Based on the bestseller mystery novel series by Ranpo Edogawa.
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