Japan Cuts, the film festival that dubs itself rather modestly as “The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema”, is now underway at the Japan Society in New York City and you can win tickets to several of next week’s screenings RIGHT HERE! Their film program has given us the opportunity to bestow to one lucky winner a pair of tickets to five screenings of their indie film selections, including the latest from Sogo “Dragon” Ishii, 8000 Miles director Yu Irie, and Sushi Typhoon madman Noboru Iguchi!
Want to win one, two, or all of them! Hell yes, you do! The following is a list of films you can win tickets to. A trivia question follows each listing. Answer that question correctly for a chance to win a pair of tickets to that screening – one random correct entrant of each screening will be chosen. Enter one, enter them all! This an awesome chance to see some potentially cool films for free in the awesome Japan Society theater.
Zombie Ass (Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 PM) – Name one other film that Zombie Ass‘ Noboru Iguchi has directed ENDED
About the Pink Sky (Sunday, July 22, 5:20 PM) – Of the following, which Japan Cuts representative was interviewed on our podcast, The VCinema Show, recently? a) Fumiko Miyamoto; b) Akira Kurosawa; c) Sam Rockwell; d) Sam Jamier ENDED
Isn’t Anyone Alive? (Sunday, July 22, 7:20 PM) – Name one punk band that starred/performed in Isn’t Anyone Alive director Sogo “Dragon” Ishii’s 1982 film Burst City ENDED
Roadside Fugitive SR (Sunday, July 22, 9:30 PM) – Saitama, the setting of Roadside Fugitive SR, is in which of the following regions of Japan? a) Kyushu; b) Kanto; c)Kansai; d) trick question, Saitama is in Korea ENDED
The Brat! (Saturday, July 28, 7 PM) – Which New York-based film festival does Japan Cuts share screenings with? ENDED
A full descriptions of the films can be found below the bump a few lines down and the Japan Cuts festival page.
Easy-peasy, right? Email answer(s) along with your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I want to make the Cut!”. All entries must be in before the midnight of the day preceding the screening date, so enter as soon as possible!
Zombie Ass (Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 PM):
Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her sister Ai, karate student Megumi accompanies a group of older friends on a trip into the woods. Things start to go badly when Maki finds a parasitical worm inside a fish–and wolfs it down alive, in the hope that it’ll help keep her skinny! Attacked by a crowd of undead who emerge from an outhouse toilet, the group seek refuge at the home of Dr. Tanaka and his daughter Sachi. Unbeknownst to them, Tanaka has been conducting experiments on the parasites–and the zombies! Featuring special effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura, and some truly jaw-dropping contributions from Iguchi’s genius subconscious, Zombie Ass is a steaming helping of bad taste from the twisted mind of cinematic madman Noboru Iguchi. [Japan Cuts listing]
About the Pink Sky (Sunday, July 22, 5:20 PM)
High school girl Izumi finds a wallet containing ¥300,000 (almost $4,000) that belongs to Sato, a wealthy boy. Instead of returning it, she lends a hefty sum to an older fishing buddy with financial problems. Her classmates Hasumi and Kaoru later force her to return the wallet, but, unable to account for all of the money, Izumi agrees to help Sato console a friend in the hospital by creating a newspaper containing only “good news.” Keiichi Kobayashi’s serene coming-of-age story owes its underlying energy to the young actors (all newcomers) who deftly balance quirky humor, teenage uncertainty and subtle shifts in adolescent consciousness. [Japan Cuts listing]
Isn’t Anyone Alive? (Sunday, July 22, 7:20 PM)
People start dying inexplicably, one after the other, after they talk about a bizarre urban myth at a university hospital… As the air of this “energy void” spreads throughout the world, an absurd black comedy starts to take over the universe. Creator of Crazy Thunder Road (1980), Burst City (1982), The Crazy Family (1984), Angel Dust (1994), Electric Dragon 80,000V (2001) and more, Gakuryu Ishii (previously known as Sogo Ishii) has been amusing us by totally overstepping genre boundaries with striking images and music. For his latest feature film Ishii has adapted the Shiro Maeda play Isn’t Anyone Alive?, an avant-garde story of 18 young students dying one after another. [Japan Cuts listing]
Roadside Fugitive SR (Sunday, July 22, 9:30 PM)
Dignity is demolished and dreams are dashed in Roadside Fugitive, the third installment in Yu Irie’s 8000 Miles series. Two years after Ikku (Ryusuke Komakine), Tom (Shingo Mizusawa) and Mighty (Eita Okuno), formed the rap group Sho-gung in their hometown of Fukuya, Saitama Prefecture, it has disbanded and the members are off on another series of misadventures. Irie’s goofy, misfit protagonists are finely drawn characters who amuse and endear themselves. Their failure to realize their dreams, or even to hold down a proper job, comes to stand for the punctured ambitions of Japan’s so-called NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) generation. [Japan Cuts listing]
The Brat! (Saturday, July 28, 7 PM)
In this angry romantic comedy, aspiring young filmmaker Daisuke (Hiroki Konno) attributes his continuous lack of success to his ugly physique. While a better-looking classmate is now an up-and-coming director, Daisuke is shooting a documentary that will neither bring him success nor satisfy his creative urges. As the film opens, Daisuke has hit rock bottom and is about to throw himself off a rooftop when he is interrupted by Momoko (Sayaka Tashiro), an aspiring actress who has landed a brief supporting role in the same production. Momoko reveals her own concerns about her performance and when Daisuke is able to successfully coach her, the two slowly become friends. Konno was given a Best Actor special mention at Yubari’s Off Theater Competition. The Brat! also picked up the press-selected Cine-gar Award, as well as the Special Jury Prize. [Japan Cuts listing]