Note: Showtime is 9:15 p.m. Running time is 112 minutes. Tickets are $14 as part of a CineVoucher 10-pack (http://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/MembershipInfo.aspx?epguid=134829b5-6834-4d52-addc-1668b473b706&meminfo=42~8781fb85-6bb2-474d-a97d-cec76d1b8c32&), $15 general, and $14 for students/seniors/disabled, available at the SFFS Web site (http://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=53912~8781fb85-6bb2-474d-a97d-cec76d1b8c32&epguid=db9c7f13-edc8-489f-bc28-5aa111f9970e&). We'll meet in the ticket holders line or, barring that, in the lobby afterward.
The San Francisco International Film Festival (http://festival.sffs.org/) returns for its 56th edition, presenting 200 films and live events from April 25 through May 9 at venues in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Takeshi Kitano regained his yakuza-thriller crown with 2010's "Outrage," so he's followed it up with a direct sequel -- never mind that the protagonist and a few other major characters died the first time around.
Synopsis: In an attempt to turn two allied crime families against each other, a police detective springs a fearsome enforcer (Kitano) from prison.
Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htjDohvuHdk
"The Japanese action aesthete plays it cool and smooth in a picture that exerts a steadily tightening grip" -- Justin Chang, Variety
"Entertaining mesh of inventive violence, black humour and an appealingly unglamorous view of Japanese underworld deal-making and clan loyalty." -- Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
Official selection of the Abu Dhabi, Fantastic Fest, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Sitges, Toronto and Venice film festivals
Best Supporting Actor (Ryo Kase), 2012 Mainichi Film Awards