2019 Japan Cuts Hollywood Line-up
West Coast Premiere
Director/ Screenplay: Renpei Tsukamoto
Starring: Ryoko Shinohara, Kiyoko Yoshine, Rena Matsui, Kenta Sato, Ryuta Sato
A true, universal tale – full of laughter and tears – about a single mother and her high school daughter. The girl who used to call her mommy now totally ignores her. Exasperated, the mother seeks revenge by using ‘bentos’ (home-made boxed lunches) as her ‘weapon’. Regardless of what’s going on in her own life, she never fails to make her daughter a bento lunch that embarrasses her with its sugar-coated messages of love. After three long years, the final ‘bento’ message is a ‘thank you letter’ from mother to daughter. This story of a mother’s love will ring true to all teens growing up and the mothers that stand beside them.
West Coast Premiere
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Hideto Iwai, Nobuhiro Kadoma
Starring: Junichi Okada, Haru Kuroki, Nana Komatsu, Takako Matsu
Hideaki is looking forward to a happy future with the love of his life, Kana. One day, a mysterious person visits Hideaki’s office. He feels perplexed when the colleague who had met this visitor informs him that the visitor wanted to talk to Hideaki about “Chisa.” Chisa is the name he and his pregnant wife had chosen for their unborn daughter, which only the two of them should know about. The visitor’s identity remains a mystery when the colleague who talked to “it” meets a mysterious demise. Two years later, disturbing incidents start occurring around Hideaki, who dotes on his daughter, Chisa. Hideaki, who fears that somebody is out to get him, goes through an acquaintance to meet a freelance writer Nozaki and his psychic girlfriend, Makoto. They come to learn that what they are dealing with is beyond their imagination.
West Coast Premiere
Director/Screenplay/Editor : Seiji Tanaka
Starring: Yoji Minagawa, Yoshitomo Isozaki, Mebuki Yoshida, Makoto Hada, Masanobu Yada, Yasuyuki Hamaya, Stefanie Arianne, Yuta Ohkubo, Keiji Yamashita, Hiroko Shinkai
Kazuhiko, a graduate of a prestigious university, wasn’t enjoying his life, until he take a job at a bathhouse. Then he discovers that baths are used as a space for killing people after closing hours.
complex x COMPLEX
Director / Script / Animator: Miyuki Fukuda
Producer / Editor: Shinichiro Ueda
Yui Kitani, 8th grader who has a fantasy for grown ups. She has a complex which can not be revealed to others... she has a thing for “boy's arm pit hair". She just can’t help herself but having an interest in our arm pit hair. You can’t take her eyes off of Masato whose arm pit hair is the thickest.
On the other hand, Masato has his own complex. It is that “ he doesn’t like having his arm pit so hairy”.
By pure chance, their relationship got closer started to talk more often. Is it love or?....
This story is a humorous story about two teenagers in their middle school days.
When two people with their own unique complexes, what can happen?
Short Film Collections
Director: Mayumi Yoshida
The way of my life
Director: Keiya Ando
Director: Motoyuki Itabashi
THE Walking fish
Director: Thessa Meijer
More films to be announced
Astro Boy and the two-way street between Japanese and American Animation
The Birth of “Astro Boy” (1963) and panel discussion
July 30 (Tuesday)
Panel discussion with Macoto Tezka & animation critic and historian, Charles Solomon to follow
$20 General Admission (Drinks/ light refreshments provided)
Place: JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tezuka Osamu's “Astro Boy” brought an epic-making change in the history of Japanese animation.
This first animated TV series in Japan formed the basis for a long lasting and flourishing culture of Japanese animation.
Born in Tokyo in 1961, Macoto TEZKA (TZK) is a “Visualist”.
Tezka began filmmaking while in high school and won several film awards including Pia Film Festival. Since then, Tezka has turned into a successful creator in various fields; as a director of films, TV, commercial ads and PV, and also as an author of various books.
Tezka made his commercial debut with the release of the film “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers” (1985). In 1995, he produced a PC software “TEO-The Magical Planet” (1995), which was published and sold in 19 countries with annual sales of over half a million copies.
In 1999, he directed a feature length film “Hakuchi: the innocent” (1999), which he worked on developing for over 10 years. The film won many awards, including the Digital Award at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2001, Tezka acted as a General Director for the opening ceremony of “East Asian Games 2001”. He also directed TV animation “Black Jack” and won Tokyo Anime Award at Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2006. Tezka supervised manga “Pluto” (original author: Osamu Tezuka, Manga: Naoki Urasawa, producer: Takazhi Nagasaki). Tezka’s latest film “Barbara” (original author: Osamu Tezuka) is planned to be released in late 2019.
Charles Solomon is a lecturer in animation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. An internationally respected animation critic and historian, Solomon has written on the subject for the New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek (Japan), Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, Amazon.com, Variety, Modern Maturity, Télérama, Film Comment, The Hollywood Reporter, the Manchester Guardian, and National Public Radio. His work has also appeared in publications in Canada, France, Russia, Britain, India, Taiwan, Germany, Finland, Israel, the Netherlands and Japan. He is the author of numerous books including “The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials” (2012), “The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey” (2012), “Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Disney’s Animated Classic Beauty and the Beast” (Disney Editions, 2010), “The Art of Toy Story 3” (Chronicle, 2010), “Disney Lost and Found” (Disney Press, 2008), “The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation” (Abrams, 1999), “The Disney That Never Was” (Hyperion, 1995), “Les Pionniers du Dessin Animé Américain” (Dreamland, Paris, 1996) and “Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation” (Knopf, 1989; reprinted, Wings, 1994). “Enchanted Drawings” was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. In 2008, he received the L.A. Press Club Award for radio feature reporting.