Lineup: Japan Film Festival–Los Angeles 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Got word down from the folks the JFFLA that they've come out with their full lineup. Info from the press release:

The Japan America Media Association, presenter of the Japan Film Festival–Los Angeles, is proud to announce the line-up for this year’s Festival. The Japan Film Festival–Los Angeles 2009 will be held from Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 19 in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles and will feature both North American and Los Angeles Premieres. We will be showing 22 feature films in total.
Here's a list of some of the films that will be playing as well as more information on venues and ticket prices from (go to the site for the full updated list).


Opening: The Sky Crawlers LA Premiere
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Ryo Kase, Chiaki Kuriyama, Syosuke Tanihara

“Kildren” are ageless fighter pilots who live in adolescence until they die in battle.
 They were created to fight in an endless war to “entertain” the peacetime people.

Closing: Vacation
Director: Hajime Kadoi
Starring: Kaoru Kobayashi, Hidetoshi NIshijima, Nene Otsuka, Ren Osugi, Syuji Kashiwabara

Hirai, a veteran prison guard who is getting married to Mika, a single mother. 
Hoping to make time to be with his new family, he finds that the only way to be entitled to a week's vacation is if he acts as the execution assistant during an execution.

Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 LA Premiere
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Starring: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki, Maki Horikita, Hiroko Yakushimaru

The scene is set four months after the previous movie in the Tokyo Shitamachi area. The story continues with the human drama of the residents in Yuuhi machi 3 chome.

252: Signal of Life US Premiere
Director: Nobuo Mizuta
Starring: Hideaki Ito,Masaaki Uchino, Takayuki Yamada, Yu Kashii, Yuichi Kimura

The biggest monster Typhoon ever to hit Japan, people try to survive while in a furious panic.

Director: Fumihiko Sori
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Shido Nakamura, Yosuke Kubozuka, Akira Emoto, Riki Takeuchi, Takao Osawa

New, female version of the famous sword hero “Zatoichi”.

The Gift From Beate
Director: Tomoko Fujiwara
Starring: Beate Sirota Gordon

Ms. Beathe Shirota Gordon makes every effort to build “essential equality of the sexes” in the Constitution of Japan after WWⅡ. Supported by her efforts, Japanese women devote their energies to establishing a gender equal society.

Director: Soda Kazuhiro
Starring: Kazuhiko Yamauchi, Sayuri Yamauchi, Junichiro Koizumi, Junko Kawaguchi

Documentary film about “a political amateur” who is transformed into “a candidate running with the official support” of the big political party. Making full use of strategy and methodology while developing an electoral

Tribute for the prolific actor, Ken Ogata

A Long Walk
Director: Eiji Okuda
Starring: Ken Ogata, Saki Takaoka, Kana Sugiura, Syota Matsuda, Eiji Okuda

A middle-aged man who suffers from remorse in his life meets a girl who has blocked out her emotions after being repeatedly abused by her mother. While being chased as a kidnapper, he decides to take off on a journey of redemption.

Vengeance is Mine
Director: Syohei Imamura
Starring: Ken Ogata, Rentaro Mikuni, Chocho Miyako, Mitsuko Baisyo, Mayumi Ogawa

A story of a man who kills five people and runs away through Japan. His life is full of accumulated crimes from his upbringing, love affairs and antagonism from his own father. 

Date and Venue

April 10 (Fri) to 16 (Thu)
Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex (Santa Monica)
1332 2nd Street Santa Monica, 90401

April 17 (Fri) to 19 (Sun)
Downtown Independent (Downtown Los Angeles)
251 S. Main Street Los Angeles, California 90012

April 25 (Sat) and 26 (Sun)
Starplex Cinema (Irvine)
4626 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604

Ticket Prices

General Admission $10
Students / Seniors (60+) / Matinee(before 4:30pm) $7 (ID is needed for students and seniors)

*Advance ticket (3 tickets) $20
(*This ticket is valid for Santa Monica and Downtown LA only. It is not valid in Irvine. This is a voucher only and will need to be exchanged for the actual ticket at the ticket office.)