02/11/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin
The 1st annual LA EigaFest will take place Friday November 11th 2011 to Sunday, November 13th 2011, at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. The festival will showcase Japanese shorts and feature films, opening with Milocrorze: A Love Story (2011) from Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi and ending with Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D (2011) by Takashi Miike.
Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi and Milokuroze's star Takayuki Yamada will be on-hand for an Q&A session for attendees to the Friday, November 11th screening, followed by an opening night gala at the Highlands Hollywood.
The festival will close on Sunday with a ceremony to present the grand prize for a short film competition which will also be part of the weekend's events. EigaFest will additionally play host to a Japan/Hollywood Co-Production Panel in collaboration with the Asia Society on Saturday, November 12th, held at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa, located beside the Theatre.
Friday, November 11th, 4:00pm
LA EigaFest Press Junket with Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi and Actor Takayuki Yamada, Mr. Hideaki Ibuki
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa (Mt. Olympus Conference Room), 1755 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028
Friday, November 11th, 2011
Opening Ceremonies & Premiere Screening of Milocrorze: A Love Story
6:00pm: Red Carpet Opens
7:30pm: Film Begins
9:30pm: Q&A with Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi and Actor Takayuki Yamada
Mann Chinese 6, Theatre #1, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
Friday, November 11th, 2011, 10:30pm – 1:30am
Opening Night Gala
The Highlands Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd #433
Milocrorze: A Love Story (2011, Directed by Yoshimasa Ishibashi)
Writer-Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi (Vermillion Pleasure Nights, 2000) has created a film which is less a meditation than a psychedelic romp on love. Milocrorze contains three tales of romance: the first, a coming-of-age morsel about a young boy colorfully smitten with an older gal; the second, a pop musical featuring a television personality pick-up-artist who dispenses advice to his hapless clientele through song and dance; and the third, a cyberpunk-tinged chambara (sword-action) featuring a one-eyed samurai fighting to rescue his kidnapped lover.
All three protagonists are played by Takayuki Yamada, who connects the three stories.
Watch the trailer at http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/08/milocrorze-a-love-story-trailer.php
"We're very proud to host our first film festival at the Chinese Theatres. 'Eiga' means 'Film' in Japanese and was chosen to be included in the name of the film festival. Our wish is that 'Eiga' will become an iconic Japanese-English phrase in the way that 'Manga' and 'Anime' represent specific visions of modern Japanese art and culture," said Hayato Mitsuishi, president and co-founder of the Japan Film Society.
Tickets will be sold via the website, www.laeigafest.com
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