Japan Film Festival of SF: Library Wars (Shinsuke Sato, 2013) w/director Q&A

  • August 2, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Note: Showtime is 7 p.m. Running time is 138 minutes. Tickets are $13, available at Muveetix. We'll meet in the ticket holders' line or in the lobby beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

The inaugural Japan Film Festival of San Francisco takes over New People Cinema from July 27 to Aug. 4, playing 15 of the most anticipated imports from Japan.

Shinsuke Sato, director of the live-action "Gantz" films, adapts another pop culture phenomenon in his latest effort: Hiro Arikawa's best-selling sci-fi novel series "Library Wars" (previously adapted for manga, Internet radio and anime). Featuring Chiaki Kuriyama of "Kill Bill: Vol. 1."

After the film, Nishikawa will appear in person for a discussion and Q&A.

Synopsis: In a near-future Japan where government censors have run amok, paramilitary squads form in defense of libraries -- and now they're taking on their first lady recruit.

Trailer here (although the trailer is in Japanese, the film will be fully subtitled in English): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Byc4LkKtOw

We'll meet up after the movie.  Join us!

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  • Alby

    I admire the movie's earnestness, but its devotion to print media in the age of Snowden and WikiLeaks and Anonymous seems quaint. What it boils down to is "Fahrenheit 451" with a fascist twist (the librarians fight back!) and the tired manga/anime trope of the badass, gun-toting heroine who's also afraid to break a nail. Junichi Okada gives the movie a better performance than it deserves and puts up with too many Short Jokes in the process. Pass.

    August 5, 2013

  • John

    Favorite line: "Here they come, like ants to a picnic." The movie made a romantic case for literary conservation and freedom,
    against forces that perhaps actually do exist, jealous of any competition to their idea of guardianship. I didn't know library
    science could be this exciting.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Raymond W.

    I bought the ticket but work intervened. Anybody wants my ticket?

    August 2, 2013

  • Alby

    If you've preordered tickets, please bring both your confirmation number AND your credit card to the theater. People had trouble picking up their tickets at the previous event.

    August 1, 2013

  • Jean

    will watch on Saturday.

    July 29, 2013

  • Raymond W.

    Hi Alby I am going to be in SF so I'll try to make it.

    July 29, 2013

  • Guan H.

    When I saw the title, I thought anime. Not as excited now :(

    July 27, 2013

  • Eleanor F

    Hoping to make this screening...

    July 22, 2013

  • Alby

    Seating is very limited, so get your tickets sooner rather than later.

    July 20, 2013

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