Opening Night @ The Castro

CASTRO THEATRE August 7, 2015 8:00 pm -

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Opening Night

Opening Night Event @ Castro Theatre
When: August 7th (Fri), 2015
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm | Show begins at 8:00pm
Where: Castro Theatre, San Francisco | MAP
★ Special Guests: Tadanobu Asano | Ken Ishii
▶ Advanced Film Tickets available HERE

The special opening night event presented by J-POP SUMMIT 2015 and Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will take place at the celebrated Castro Theatre of San Francisco. The event invites actor Tadanobu Asano to the stage for a Q & A session that follows the screening of cult film ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V (directed by Sogo Ishii). The night concludes with a sound and visual collaboration presentation by DJ Ken Ishii and director Koji Morimoto.
◎ Read PRESS RELEASE: J-POP SUMMIT & JFFSF Announce Opening Night Event At Castro Theatre

◉ 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 a special award. The evening will be followed by a special 35mm presentation of ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V!

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▲ Tadanobu Asano (Actor)
Electric Dragon

About Film: 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.


About Tadanobu Asano

Actor Tadanobu Asano is an award winning Japanese actor, who has acted in notable roles in both Japan and the US. 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.

☞More about Tadanobu Asano visit his profile page HERE!

◉ 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!

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▲ Ken Ishii
Koji morimoto
▲ Koji Morimoto “Genious Party Beyond”

▲ Ken Ishii x Koji Morimoto ‘Extra’
About Ken Ishii

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.

☞ More about Ken Ishii visit his profile page HERE

About Koji Morimoto

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).

☞ More about Koji Morimoto visit his profile page HERE
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◉ PART I: 浅野忠信 x『ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V』映画上映

独特の演技とその存在感で知られ、『地雷を踏んだらサヨウナラ』『ヴィヨンの妻 〜桜桃とタンポポ〜』などの日本映画や、『モンゴル』『バトルシップ』を始めとする海外映画へ多数出演、数々の賞を受賞してきた俳優・浅野忠信氏が、サンフランシスコ日本映画祭及び、J-POPサミット2015へ参加!石井聰亙監督の短編アクション映画『ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V』(主演:浅野忠信、永瀬正敏)のプレミア上映及び舞台挨拶、質疑応答を予定。
▶ 映画前売り券はこちらで発売中!

☆ 浅野忠信 (俳優/ミュージシャン)
神奈川県出身。2003年、ペンエーグ・ラッタナルアーン監督『地球で最後のふたり』で第60回ベネチア国際映画祭コントロコレンテ部門主演男優賞を受賞。主演作、セルゲイ・ボドロフ監督『モンゴル』は… [続きを読む]

◉ PART II: ケンイシイDJライブ feat.森本晃司

▶ 映画前売り券はこちらで発売中!

☆ ケンイシイ (DJ) ☞ Ken Ishii Profile Page
☆ 森本晃司 (アニメーター) ☞ Koji Morimoto Profile Page

★ J-POP VIP PASS including a ticket to the opening event at the castro theatre on August 7th have been SOLD OUT!
But, the event ticket to the opening night at the Castro still available! ▶ BUY NOW!

More information will be updated on the film festival official site:

Participating Guests

Tadanobu Asano
Ken Ishii