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Japanese films at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival

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    From April 24 to May 8, 2008, the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival will bring the world to San Francisco by screening over 100 unique programs of
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      From April 24 to May 8, 2008, the 51st San Francisco International
      Film Festival will bring the world to San Francisco by screening over
      100 unique programs of the finest in international cinema. The
      Festival is proud to present several Japanese films in the festival.
      We would appreciate your support in spreading the word about these
      programs and hope that you can make it to the festival.


      The following films will be included in the Film Festival this year:


      Big Man Japan, directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto.
      Mr. Daisato, a sixth generation Japanese superhero, an employee at the
      Department of Baddie Prevention, finds his health starts to suffer as
      criticisms of his efforts increase at the arrival of a truly vicious
      bad guy who threatens Japan. Whether Mr. Daisato is up for the
      challenge, no one knows. Director Matsumoto uses juvenile humor,
      references of Japanese monster movie classics to create an immensely
      pleasurable film.

      This film screens on May 2 at 11:00PM and May 8 at 5:15PM at the
      Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and again on May 7 at 4:15 PM at the Clay Theatre.

      For tickets and information visit http://fest08.sffs.org/ or call
      925-866-9559.

      For more information about Big Man Japan visit
      http://fest08.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=10



      Black Belt, directed by Shunichi Nagasaki.
      Set in 1932, during Japan’s Showa Era, the story is about three young
      men, Taikan, Giryu, and Choei, training in karate at their rural dojo
      with their wise old master. During the country’s invasion of
      Manchuria, the three young men are then ordered to enlist in the army
      and thus meet their fates. Each of them battles with the moral dilemma
      of who to obey, the master or their sense of justice.

      This film screens on April 25 at 8:45PM, April 27 at 1:30PM, and April
      29 at 1:30PM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

      For tickets and information visit http://fest08.sffs.org/ or call
      925-866-9559.

      For more information about Black Belt visit
      http://fest08.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=11



      Glasses, directed by Naoko Ogigami.
      The lapping of waves, the tart sweetness of shaved ice and the
      meditative pleasures of “twilighting” all await visitors to this Zen
      comedyâ€"along with one unconventional dance numberâ€"as it wryly observes
      a bespectacled teacher’s stay at an eccentric island resort. Glasses
      is a meditative and minimalist film about a somewhat uptight woman who
      arrives at a seaside inn and her interactions with two kindly people
      who work at the hotel.

      This film screens on May 2 at 3:30PM at the Clay Theatre, May 4 at
      6:00PM an May 8 at 5:00PM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

      For tickets and information visit http://fest08.sffs.org/ or call
      925-866-9559.

      For more information about Glasses visit
      http://fest08.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=34
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