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New Meetup: Movie Night - You Vote on the Movie You Want to See.

From: Bunta M.
Sent on: Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:23 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for San Diego Japanese Language & Culture Group!

What: Movie Night - You Vote on the Movie You Want to See.

When: December 5,[masked]:45 PM

Broadway Coffee
4633 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

Join us! We're bringing Japanese movies (with English subtitles) to our hangout at Broadway Coffee!

** Note - the movie starts at 9:45PM, but we will be there at 8 for anyone who wants to show up early to hang out, play some Playstation 3, get some drinks or chat. The cafe we use for this event is being generous with their equipment, time, and space, so if you can help out by buying a tea/coffee/etc. or leaving a tip, I'm sure the owners would appreciate it. **


Throughout the weeks before the movie we will be holding votes on the film to watch. Below are the films that you can vote on. To vote on a movie, you can vote at the Wednesday meetups or through the polls on the meetup site.

Anime Remake/ Comedy

Classic seventies anime series Yatterman flies to the silver screen in 2009 in a brilliant crime-fighting explosion of candy-colored camp, over-the-top adventure, and pure popcorn entertainment. A fan of the original series, maverick director Miike Takashi stays true to the Yatterman spirit, turning the movie into a larger-than-life live-action spectacle complete with giant robot dog, gratuitous superhero posturing, and barrels of gags and sexual innuendo. Sakurai Sho from popular boy band Arashi and Fukuda Saki from Ghost Friend don jumpsuits as the eponymous superhero duo that concoct robots by day and battle evil by night. Fukada Kyoko (Kamikaze Girls), looking stunning in her character's trademark leather body suit, joins the manic fun as the leader of the film's bumbling trio of villains. Winking to the audience from beginning to end, Yatterman throws pop idols, special effects, musical numbers, kendama duels, cartoon goofs, and robots of all persuasions into one giant whirlpool of straight-faced silliness that's bound to leave a grin on your face.

Gan-chan (Sakurai Sho) and his girlfriend Ai-chan (Fukuda Saki) are just normal teens who like to tinker away at robotic inventions - that is, when they're not out keeping the world safe from evil! Along with their do-all robotic sidekicks, the inseparable duo moonlight as the crime-fighting team Yatterman, waging battle against perennial nemesis, the Doronbo gang. Formed by sexy villainess Doronjo (Fukada Kyoko) and her lackeys Boyacky (Namase Katsuhisa, Gokusen), and Tonzra (Kobayashi Kendo, BOSS), the Doronbo trio will stop at nothing to recover the powerful wish-granting Skull Stone, but they'll have to get past Yatterman first!

Happy Flight

Ayase Haruka (Ichi, Cyborg She) flies high in her latest blockbuster Happy Flight! The popular actress, who won Best Actress at the Nikkan Sports Film Award for her performance, stars as a rookie flight attendant in the entertaining feel-good comedy from Water Boys and Swing Girls director Yaguchi Shinobu. Centering around the ins and outs of a single flight from Tokyo to Honolulu, the aptly titled Happy Flight provides a lighthearted but comprehensive look at commercial aviation from the flight crew to the ground crew to counter personnel to traffic control to grouchy passengers. Co-starring Tanabe Seiichi (In the Pool) as a pilot, this breezy ensemble workplace comedy packs in more than enough good humor, amusing characters, and smile-tugging diversions to ensure a Happy Flight.

Co-pilot Kazuhiro (Tanabe Seiichi) is up for promotion, but before he can get his captain's wings he has to get through a flight evaluation, and things aren't exactly going his way. He just crashed and burned on a simulated flight test, and his friendly examiner has been replaced with the tough-as-nails Harada (Tokito Saburo). On the same plane is cabin attendant Etsuko (Ayase Haruka) who's flying her first international flight and trying hard to not mess up. Elsewhere in the Happy Flight universe, staff are bustling back and forth with various problems and gripes - all to make this ordinary yet fateful flight a safe and happy one.

Goemon 2009
Sc-Fi/ Fantasy/ Action

Casshern director Kiriya Kazuaki returns with the highly anticipated Goemon, a full-blown period action epic that matches the visionary ambition and aesthetic of his first film. Produced by J-horror giant Ichise Takashige, Goemon brings together a score of familiar stars and even more familiar characters for a grand old adventure in feudal Japan. Eguchi Yosuke (Children of the Dark) leads the pack as eponymous folk hero Ishikawa Goemon, the Japanese answer to Robin Hood, along with a star-studded cast - Osawa Takao, Hirosue Ryoko, Kaname Jun, Okuda Eiji, Tamayama Tetsuji, Terajima Susumu - essaying various historical and fictional figures. Kiriya Kazuaki makes everything larger than life with fast-speed action, uncanny costumes and set design, and the eye-boggling visuals and special effects that made Casshern and now Goemon such a spectacular cinematic experience.

Warlord Toyotumi Hideyoshi (Okuda Eiji) rises to power in the late 16th century after the assassination of his lord Oda Nobunaga. In these chaotic times, chivalrous bandit Goemon (Eguchi Yosuke) rises as a hero among commoners, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In one of his many escapades, he steals a box from a merchant, and passes it off to a street urchin. But this turns out to be no ordinary box as warlord Toyotomi's right-hand man Ishida (Kaname Jun) soon sends ninja and childhood friend Saizo (Osawa Takao) after Goemon. What's more, a mysterious swordsman (Tamayama Tetsuji) and legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo (Terajima Susumu), under the orders of Hideyoshi's rival Tokugawa Ieyasu (Ibu Masato), also join the fray, leading to a swordfighting free-for-all for the box and the secret that lies within.

Oppai Volleyball
Historical Drama/ Comedy

Ayase Haruka gives hope to teenage boys in the inspirational zero-to-hero sports comedy Oppai Volleyball. Based on Mizuno Munenori's novel, feel-good hit Oppai Volleyball makes its themes clear in the title; it's about volleyball and "oppai" - which means "breasts" in Japanese! Directed by hitmaker Hasumi Eiichiro (Umizaru), the film follows a ragtag boys volleyball team, and their quest for the ultimate prize junior high school athletics can offer - getting flashed by Ayase Haruka. Oppai Volleyball costars Nakamura Toru (K-20) and Aoki Munetaka (Giniro no Season).

Earnest and enthusiastic newbie teacher Mikako (Ayase Haruka) has just started teaching at a junior high school. She volunteers to coach the boys' volleyball team - only to find the team consists of five nerdy teens with no athletic skills, and their minds in the gutter. To motivate them to practice and participate, Mikako promises to show them her breasts if they win a game!


One of the most entertaining ways to appreciate Japanese culture is through its cinema. In America, this is usually confined to two or three people huddled around a DVD player or computer. Instead, we'd like to share and enjoy this experience with a room full of Japanese enthusiasts.

Our setup is enviable. Our host at Broadway Coffee has offered us the use of his whole cafe after it closes, as well as his powerful, world-class sound system, which we'll then be hooking up to our projector. In other words, we can actually enjoy these movies as they were meant to be seen - on a big screen, with audio that fills up the whole room. :)

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