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JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SF 2015 / J-POP SUMMIT 2015 Opening Night @ Castro
The Castro Theater
San Francisco, CA
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JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SF 2015 / J-POP SUMMIT 2015 Opening Night @ Castro
Opening Night Event @ Castro Theatre
Doors open at 7:00 P.M. / Show begins at 8:00P.M.

Part 1:  An Evening with Tadanobu Asano
JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SF is honored to host an evening with Actor Tadanobu Asano! The world-renowned actor, known for his stunning performance in Miike's Ichi The Killer, Academy-nominated Mongol, and Marvel's Blockbuster Thor, will attend to receive an award. The evening will be followed by a special 35mm presentation of ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V!

ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V (35mm presentation!)
2001 | 55 min | with English Subtitles | Directed by Sogo Ishii |Distributed by WOWOW

Dragon Eye Morrison (played by Tadanobu Asano) is a reptile investigator who suffers from an intermittent explosive disorder caused by brain damage he sustained in a childhood accident. He manages to find a way to survive and control his urges to destroy with his love of reptiles and an electric guitar. Meanwhile, Thunderbolt Buddha (played by Masatoshi Nagase), an electric repairman turned vigilante who has acquired powerful electro-conductive powers after sustaining a childhood accident, goes after crime bosses and gangsters that take advantage of electric signals. Holding an obsessive hatred towards Morrison, Thunderbolt Buddha challenges him to a final showdown on the rooftops of Tokyo.

Actor Tadanobu Asano is an award winning Japanese actor, who has acted in notable roles in both Japan and the U.S. Most recently, he appeared in the Marvel Studios film, Thor, as well as its sequel Thor: Dark World. His film roles have earned him many awards from international film festivals including his leading role in the Oscar-nominated film, Mongol. He also owns and manages a talent agency called Anore Inc. with his family, and works with many of Japan's most talented and up-and-coming actors and actresses.

Part 2 : Live DJ Performance by Ken Ishii, featuring Koji Morimoto

Presented by J-POP SUMMIT 2015!

The opening night celebration concludes with with Techno DJ Legend Ken Ishii's coolest beats in special collaboration with eye-opening visual arts and animation by Koji Morimoto, Japan's premiere anime director whose works range from "Akira" to "Animatrix!"

Ken Ishii is a legendary techno DJ and producer that has composed music for many different media outlets. Risen from the club scene in the 90's, Ishii's work first became internationally recognized when his single "Extra" won the music video award at MTV Music Award in 1996. He is also known for composing the music for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony as well as various video game soundtracks, He has performed live internationally and has a world-wide fan base in the electronic music scene.

Koji Morimoto is widely known as the co-founder of the renowned anime studio, Studio 4C, and also for his animated works, MAGNETIC ROSE, from the trilogy, MEMORIES, as well as Ken Ishii's EXTRA (music video), Animatrix, and Genius Party Beyond. In 2011, he received the Cannes Cyber Lions Silver for a French interactive anti-smoking campaign, Attraction. His collaborative work for LEXUS Short Films called, A Better Tomorrow, world-premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The same year, he also directed the opening segment for the acclaimed animated omnibus, SHORT PEACE by Katsuhiro Otomo (the creator of Akira).


The Castro Theater (View)
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Music > EDM, Dance, Rave
Music > Festivals
Other > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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