VIZ Cinema is a 143-seat underground cinema inside NEW PEOPLE in San Francisco. 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.
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|Saturday, 4/2 – Sunday, 4/3||Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn)|
|Friday, 4/8 – Thursday, 4/14||SAKURA SAKURA|
|Saturday, 4/9 @ 9pm||One Big Hapa Family|
|Saturday, 4/16 – Wednesday, 4/20||99 Years of Love: Japanese Americans|
|Sunday, April 17 @ 3:30pm||The Taste of Tea|
|Thursday, April 21 – Thursday, May 5||SFIFF films at VIZ Cinema|
Saturday, 4/2 – Sunday, 4/3
Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn)
(Directed by KAZUHIRO FURUHASHI / 3 episodes / 2010 / Japanese with English Subtitles)
at VIZ Cinema
Watch all 3 episodes as a pre-celebration to the new Blu-ray release of episode 3.
U.C. (Universal Century) 0001…
A young man named Syam, who joined the terrorists because of poverty, is caught in the explosion of Laplace and discovers something amid the wreckage. This is the forbidden box that will later be known as Laplace’s Box. Laplace’s Box is never to be opened. There are few who even know what it is. The secret of the box continues to sleep with Syam… What is Laplace’s Box. What secret does it contain? The hundred-year curse of the Universal Century is about to be resolved.
**Advance copies of Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) on Blu-ray, distributed by Bandai Entertainment, Inc., will also be on sale in the NEW PEOPLE the Store – ahead of the series’ April 7th general release.
**GET A FREE POSTER!
Show up with a $26 COMBO ticket on the first day of the marathon and get a limited poster! First come first serve!
Friday, 4/8 – Thursday, 4/14
(Directed by Toru Ichikawa / 133 min / 2010 / Japanese with English Subtitles)
4/8 (Fri) @ 4:30pm, 7:15pm
4/9 (Sat) @ 10:45am, 1:15pm. 3:45pm, 6:15pm
4/10 (Sun) @ 10:45am, 1:15pm. 3:45pm, 6:15pm
4/11 (Mon) – 4/14 (Thu) @ 4:30pm, 7:15pm
Presented and Sponsored by:
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Executive Committee, The Hokkoku Shimbun, The Toyama Shimbun, Ishikawa Art and Culture Association
Saturday, 4/9 @ 9pm
ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY
(Directed by Jeff Chiba Strens / 85 min / 2010 / English)
- Jeff Chiba Stearns
**The screening of ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY is part of the HAFU PROJECT launch event accompanied by the HAFU PHOTO EXHIBITION opening at the SUPERFROG Gallery.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT >>
7pm – 10pm Hafu Photo Exhibit Opening
8:35pm – 10pm: Screening of “One Big Hapa Family” (85 mins.)
10pm – 10:15pm: Q/A with Filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns
SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!
Please email the Center for Japanese Studies for more information.
Saturday, 4/16 – Wednesday, 4/20
99 Years of Love: Japanese Americans
Cherry Blossom Special Screening by JCCCNC
(Directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa / 5 Episodes / 2010 / Japanese with English Subtitles)
*This film was produced in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) and aired in Japan for 5 nights in fall 2010. It was viewed by millions in Japan.
Consists of 5 episodes: Show times 10:30AM-12:30PM each day
4/16 (Sat) : Episode 1 “America” (cherry blossom festival weekend)
4/17 (Sun): Episode 2 “Generations” (last day of cherry blossom festival)
4/18 (Mon): Episode 3 “Concentration Camp”
4/19 (Tue): Episode 4 “The Japanese American Regiment”
4/20 (Wed): Episode 5 “Reunited”
Admission: Free, Suggested Donation $5 or more
Presented and Sponsored by:
Presented by The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
Sunday, April 17 @ 3:30pm
The Taste of Tea
Tsunami & Earthquake Relief For Japan Vol.2
(Directed by Katsuhito Ishii / 2003 / Japanese with English Subtitles)
100% of proceeds will be donated to NORTHERN JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUNDS by Japantown’s JCCCNC
Find out more about donating for Japan’s relief >>>
The admission is free with suggested donations from $10 that could be donated at VIZ Cinema or through our online box office ( **For online purchases, online service fee will be charged. ) More donation could be made at VIZ Cinema on the day of show. Thank you!
Written, directed and edited by Katsuhito ISHII , The Taste of Tea is a unique and gentle family portrait tackling the universal themes of time, people and their lives. As 8-year old Sachiko (Maya Banno) tries to get rid of a giant version of herself who seems to pop up everywhere, her older brother Hajime (Takahiro Sato), privately wrestles with his love-struck heart. Meanwhile, their mother Yoshiko (Satomi Tezuka) is working hard, coming out of retirement as an animator, as her husband and professional hypnotist Nobuo (Tomokazu Miura) watches on with slight apprehension. Even Nobuo’ s brother and successful manga artist Todoroki has his problems. And lastly there’ s Grandpa, the most bizarre and perhaps the most perceptive of all, who continues to search for a better way to live life to the full.
For more information about the movie, visit Taste of Tea’s official site.
Watch the trailer:
“ …its avoidance of easy categorization only makes it more of a must-see.” – Time Out New York
Thursday, April 21 – Thursday, May 5
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival
FILMS and SHOWTIMES >>> sffs.org.
Saturday, 4/23 and Thursday, 4/28
Home invasion was never so droll as in this black comedy from writer/director Koji Fukada, which pokes a stick in the eye of xenophobia. Into the lives of a too-mild-mannered Tokyo printer, his very young wife and their family comes a man with a story—actually a couple of stories, take your pick. With one foot in the door, the stranger is hired on as a live-in printer. The ancestral family home is tiny and crowded, tucked away behind the printing machines, so when this man of admittedly bizarre affect moves in with his Brazilian wife, the strain is on. A fine ensemble cast plays brilliantly to an everyday tension in Japanese life, between a culture of hospitality and the fear of intruders.
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