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J-Pop Summit Launches Japan Film Festival

The folks at New People Cinema are getting ready to kick off another really cool event this summer as part of the 2013 J-Pop Summit Festival. Exclusive premieres will highlight the first annual Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, which is set to take place at New People Cinema from Saturday, July 27 through Sunday, August 4.

Among those exclusive premieres are Dreams for Sale, Sion Sono’s Himizu, Takashi Miike’s Lesson of the Evil, Library Wars, Platinum Data, Space Battleship Yamato, and more. The festival will also be host to Guest of Honor Shinsuke Sato, director of The Princess Blade, Oblivion Island, Gantz, and the featured film Library Wars, which adapts the Japanese light novel series by Hiro Arikawa.

Other films playing include Mika Ninagawa’s Helter Skelter (pictured), Rurouni Kenshin, and architect/author Kyohei Sakaguchi’s documentary, How to Build a Mobile House. Tickets for each film are $13 unless otherwise indicated, and will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

There will also be a couple anime features, like the US premieres of Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge and Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower, the San Francisco premiere of Wolf Children, and an encore screening of Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning. Video game fans can dig the US premiere of Resident Evil Damnation.

More information is available at J-pop.com