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AHITH: Deadball (Yudai Yamaguchi, Japan, 2011)

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Note: Showtime is 7 p.m. Running time is 98 minutes. Tickets are $10, available at the SF Indie Fest Web site ( SF Indie Fest offers festival passes ( at various levels as well. We'll meet outside the theater beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at 917-584-5971.

Another Hole in the Head (, SF Indie Fest ('s annual showcase of the weirdest and wildest in world cinema, returns for its ninth edition (Nov. 28-Dec. 9).

"Deadball" is your typical coming-of-age sports movie, really -- if the hero were a homicidal juvenile delinquent with a pitching arm that could kill.

This splatter comedy from Nikkatsu's Sushi Typhoon genre wing reteams Yudai Yamaguchi and Tak Sakaguchi, who last collaborated as co-directors of "Yakuza Weapon."

Synopsis: After landing in a detention center for killing more than 50 people in a week, a young ace-pitcher-gone-wrong (Sakaguchi) must lead a team of death row inmates against an all-girl squad trained by neo-Nazis. Yeah.

WARNING! Trailer contains explicit, albeit schlocky, violence:

"Filmed in the bloody style of 'Battle Royale' and fueled by a rowdy cast of hilariously psychotic characters, the film is nothing but splatter-action that at times literally sizzles with shamelessly low-budget yet playful visual effects." -- Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

"No gag is too extreme, no joke too tasteless for 'Deadball.' This is a comedy by and for fans of the extreme Japanese splatter movement and it makes no excuses for that." -- Todd Brown, Twitch Film

Official selection of the Fantasia (Montreal), Puchon (South Korea), L'Etrange (Paris), Hawaii, Brussels International Fantastic, and Nippon Connection (Germany) film festivals

We'll chat over dinner after the show. See you there!

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