The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco has announced that actor Tadanobu Asano Above), anime director Koji Morimoto and techno DJ Legend Ken Ishii will its official Guests of Honor.
Asano is best known here for his roles in Marvel’s Thor movies (where he played Hogun the Grim) and Battleship and the cult classics Ichi The Killer and Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi. He will introduce the film My Man at the festival.
Morimoto is best known for the Beyond segment of The Animatrix and his work on Akira and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Three of his short films will appear under the title The Worlds of Koji Morimoto.
Ken Ishii has released more than a dozen well regarded albums and provided the music for the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He will close out the festival’s openday will a live set.
The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is adding 16 acclaimed films to its programming – including Best Animated Feature Oscar-nominee The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Studio Ghibli’s latest film, When Marnie Was There (Pictured).
Other films of special note include Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, and The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness – a documentary following the three key filmmakers of Studio Ghibli as they work to finish production on The Wind Rises and The
Tale of Princess Kaguya.
For a complete list of the expanded slate, follow the jump. The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco runs from Friday, August 7th to Sunday, August 16th at New People Cinema in Japantown.
The 2015 Japan Film Festival has announced the films that will be screened during the weekend of the 2015 J-Pop Summit. The program will include feature length films and shorts and range from sci-fi and fantasy, to historical and even sports-based films.
Special guests include actor Tadanobu Asano (Ichii the Killer, Zatoichi, Thor, 46 Ronin) and anime director Koji Morimoto (The Animatrix, Genius Party Beyond). Asano will introduce the opening night gala’s feature, Electric Dragon 80000V – in which he stars.
One of the featured films is Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (a personal favorite, pictured above), the lively re-imagining of the classic samurai movies that was directed by and stars Takeshi Kitano. For a complete list of films and special guests, follow the jump.