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Special message from Sayuri Yoshinaga and Yūki Amami.

 

October 3, 2019

Film Festival’s Opening Night Feature is the 

Hit Movie in Japan, “Bento Harassment

                                                                                                           October 2, 2019, Hollywood — Japan Cuts Hollywood organizers are proud to announce the inaugural Japan Cuts Hollywood will take place November 1–3, 2019 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.  Japan Cuts Hollywood is co-presented by the Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC), a 110-year-old nonprofit, membership organization, and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.

              Japan Cuts Hollywood’s Opening Night will feature Japan’s hit movie, “Bento Harassment,” produced by Japanese media company, Pony Canyon.  Singer and actress, Ryoko Shinohara and director Renpei Tsukamoto will attend the screening and walk the red carpet.  “Bento Harassment” is a 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 the mother’s life, she never fails to make her daughter a bento lunch that embarrasses her with its messages of love.  After three long years, the final “bento” message is a “thank you letter” from mother to daughter. 

“We are so excited to have this movie open our inaugural film festival this year,” said JASSC Chairman Douglas Montgomery.  Montgomery, who is also the executive producer of Japan Cuts Hollywood, added, “Given the growing interest in Japanese film and culture, we believe ‘Bento Harassment’ brings the best of Japan to Hollywood.” 

More information and tickets for Japan Cuts Hollywood are available online at https://www.japancutshollywood.com

Media interested in covering the event must register by contacting Japan Cuts Hollywood at yumimontgomery@hotmail.com or lnakanouchi@japanhousela.com.  Only credentialed members of the media who register prior to the event will be admitted.

About Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC)

The JASSC was founded in 1909 as a membership organization to build meaningful relationships between Japanese and Americans.  It is the West Coast’s premier educational and public affairs forum dedicated to the U.S.–Japan relationship by offering unique opportunities to become involved in the business and cultural relationship between the two countries.  JASSC’s active calendar includes luncheon programs, business networking mixers, and events highlighting art, music, film, performing arts and other special activities.  Annual events include an Anniversary Dinner & Gala, Women’s Leadership Counts Conference, Japan Currents business seminar, Japan America Golf Classic, and much more.  JASSC is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable and educational organization and it is supported by 130 Japanese and American corporate members and more than 2,000 individual members.

www.jas-socal.org  |  1411 W. 190th Street, Suite 380, Gardena, CA 90248

About JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles

JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project conceived by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community.  JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles occupies two floors at Hollywood & Highland, with the 2nd floor featuring a gallery space and the 5th floor hosting a Japanese restaurant, relaxing library, and event space.  The 2nd floor has been open since December 2017, and with the completion of the 5th floor, JAPAN HOUSE celebrated its grand opening in August 2018, offering the public a place of new discovery that transcends the physical and conceptual boundaries creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan. 

www.japanhousela.com  |  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 

©2019 “Bento Harassment” Film Partners

©2019 “Bento Harassment” Film Partners

 


JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles to Co-Present Japan Cuts Hollywood

September 14, 2019

Japan America Society of Southern California is pleased to announce that JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will Co-Present the inaugural Japan Cuts Hollywood film festival taking  place November 1–3, 2019 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, in Hollywood, California. 

  “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles on this new film festival located in the heart of Hollywood. Our mutual goal is to provide opportunities for both Japanese and Americans involved in the entertainment business, to strengthen relationships and ties with each other” says Japan America Society of Southern California Chairman Douglas Montgomery.

We are proud to join efforts with Japan America Society of Southern California to introduce this dynamic event in Hollywood to showcase a great selection of Japanese films, which constitutes an important part of our culture." commented JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles president Yuko Kaifu. 

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Special panel with Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez (Retired)

September 9, 2019

Japan Cuts Hollywood is pleased to announce that the former top U.S. Commander in Japan will participate in a special panel to discuss Japan and American security ties.

Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez (Retired) is the former Commander, U.S. Forces Japan, (the senior U.S. military representative in Japan). Lt. General Martinez was responsible for managing bilateral security issues, overseeing joint/bilateral exercises, administering the Status of Forces Agreement, improving combat readiness and enhancing the quality of life of 62,000 military and Department of Defense civilian personnel and 42,000 dependents. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 33 years in April 2019.

Martinez will speak at the screening of "Defending Japan," the Japan Cuts Hollywood "Official Selection" for the documentary category.

 
Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez (Retired)

Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez (Retired)

 
 

 

2019 Japan Cuts Hollywood Opening Film

September 5, 2019

 September 5, 2019, Hollywood — Japan Cuts Hollywood organizers are proud to announce the inaugural Japan Cuts Hollywood will take place November 1–3, 2019 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.  Japan Cuts Hollywood is presented by the Japan America Society of Southern California.           

Japan Cuts Hollywood’s Opening Night will feature Japan’s hit movie, “Bento Harassment,” produced by Japanese media company, Pony Canyon.  Starring singer and actress, Ryoko Shinohara and directed by Renpei Tsukamoto, “Bento Harassment” is a 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 the mother’s life, she never fails to make her daughter a bento lunch that embarrasses her with its messages of love.  After three long years, the final “bento” message is a “thank you letter” from mother to daughter.

“We are so excited to have this movie open our inaugural film festival this year,” said JASSC Chairman Douglas Montgomery.  Montgomery, who is also the executive producer of Japan Cuts Hollywood, added, “Given the growing interest in Japanese film and culture, we believe Bento Harassment brings the best of Japan to Hollywood”.

Media interested in covering the event must register by contacting Japan Cuts Hollywood at info@japancutshollywood.com.  Only credentialed members of the media who register prior to the event will be admitted.

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©2019 “Bento Harassment” Film Partners

©2019 “Bento Harassment” Film Partners

 

 

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Joins Japan Cuts Hollywood

August 13, 2019

Japan Cuts Hollywood is proud to announce our newest sponsor/participant NHK WORLD-JAPAN to our film festival happening this November in Hollywood. NHK WORLD-JAPAN will be premiering a new drama at the festival. Japan Cuts Hollywood is very excited to provide our fans the opportunity to experience high-quality Japanese content for the first time at our festival”. In addition, NHK WORLD-JAPAN will be the first media sponsor for Japan Cuts Hollywood.

 
 
 
 

 

Special screening of “Astro Boy”

August 3, 2019

On July 30th, Japan America Society of Southern California and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles co-sponsored 'Astro Boy and the two-way street between Japanese and American Animation' to promote JAPAN CUTS Hollywood in November. With a sold-out audience, we screened an episode of the original 'Astro Boy' followed by a panel with special guest, Macoto Tezka. Thank you to everyone that came and made this event successful!

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Film submission on Filmfreeway.com has ended

July 25, 2019

Entry for submission films on Filmfreeway.com has ended on July 25th. We have received overwhelming numbers of submissions from all over the world. Filmmakers will be notified the result by email on August 15th. (PST)

 

 

Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council joins Japan Cuts Hollywood

July 23, 2019

Japan America Society of Southern California is pleased to announced “Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council” as a sponsor of Japan Cuts Hollywood film festival. “We are so excited to be working with Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council as it was very important to us to have our film festival in Hollywood. Both organizations will do our best to promote the ever-growing two-way bridge between Japan and Hollywood.”

 
 
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Aurora Borealis Entertainment, Inc. joins Japan Cuts Hollywood as Grand Sponsor

July 18, 2019

Japan Cuts Hollywood Film Festival adds Tokyo based sponsor. The Japan American Society of Southern California is excited to welcome Aurora Borealis Entertainment as a grand sponsor for the inaugural Japan Cuts Film Festival, Nov. 1-3, in Los Angeles. Executive producers for the Japan-based production company have a distinguished 20-year history of producing stellar original TV programs for several major networks to include FOX, the National Geographic Channel, NBC Universal, A+E Networks, and the History Channel, as well as independent films. “We are honored to be a part of a film festival that will bridge the creative communities of Hollywood and Tokyo,” said Daniel Smith, an Executive Producer at ABE. That sentiment was echoed by fellow ABE Executive Producer Gudni Gudnason. “We see the Japan Cuts Hollywood Film Festival developing as one of the preeminent platforms to showcase outstanding works and talent that is coming out of Japan.”

 
 
 

 

SHIHO appointed to Japan Cuts Hollywood ambassador

July 17, 2019

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©Japan America Society of Southern California

©Japan America Society of Southern California

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