SOLIDARITY WITH JAPAN FUNDRAISER – A Japanese Films Marathon to Help the Japanese Disaster Victims

A Japanese Films Marathon to Help the Japanese Disaster Victims

Saturday March 26th 2011, from 4pm (box-office will open at 3pm)
Hall Theatre – Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve West
Contribution per film: 10$ or more

Following the terrible events that devastated the North-East of Japan and caused the displacement of thousands of victims, the Fantasia International Film Festival, with the support of Concordia University’s Hall Theatre, is putting together a fundraising event with the screening of three Japanese films that were very successful at the festival, on Saturday March 26th from 4pm. Tickets will be available at the door from 3pm. This evening is meant as a celebration of Japanese popular culture and of its cinema, with films of different flavours where cheerfulness and humour prevail. The minimal contribution will be of 10$ per film and 100% of the revenues will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross, Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami Fund. Donors of 20$ and more will get a receipt for tax credits. Please pass the word!

The showcased films are Satoshi Miki’s ADRIFT IN TOKYO, at 4 pm: A walking trip through a rarely filmed Tokyo, coming across singular characters. A beautiful and touching love letter to this city where charm, absurd humour and emotion meet. Tetsuya Nakashima’s KAMIKAZE GIRLS at 7 pm: The improbable friendship between two young women and an incursion in the universe of Lolitas, a fashion trend ingrained in Japan’s youth. Finally, Gen Sekiguchi’s SURVIVE STYLE 5+ at 9:30 pm: Five bizarre stories with eccentric characters that intersect, made-in-Japan entertainment at its very best, unconventional, mad, over-the-top fun!

Before each screening, DJ XL5 will pay tribute to Japanese pop culture with three blocks of trailers, videos and excerpts from Japanese films.

Every 10$ contribution will give a chance to win one of numerous door prizes that will be raffled throughout the event. Alliance Vivafilm, Anchor Bay Entertainment, la Boite Noire, Bonsound, Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre, Cinéma du Parc, Dare to Care Records, eOne Films, Evokative Films, Festival Spasm, FunFilms Distribution, K-Films Amérique, Maple Pictures, Metropole Films Distribution, Panorama Cinéma, Rue Morgue Magazine, Le Septième Videoclub, Sérigraphie Cinqunquatre and Ubisoft have already rallied up to partner with the event by offering DVDs, film passes, CDs, books, prints and video games. A grand prize of a Fantasia VIP pass, giving access to every single screenings of the Festival’s next edition and which is not available on sale, will be raffled at some point during the event. A solidarity call has already been placed amongst some of Quebec’s filmmakers, to which Robin Aubert, Philippe Falardeau and Éric Tessier have already enthusiastically replied by offering signed DVD copies of their film À QUELLE HEURE LE TRAIN POUR NULLE PART, C’EST PAS MOI, J’LE JURE and 5150 RUE DES ORMES. A testimonial by Robin Aubert will be read before the first presentation. Many other sponsor contributions will be confirmed and announced over the next days on the Facebook Event created for the occasion ( and on twitter (@FantasiaFest).

The programming :

4 pm – ADRIFT IN TOKYO (2007)
Director: Satoshi Miki
Cast: Jo Odagiri, Tomokazu Miura
Distributor: Evokative Films

A deeply indebted student is offered a strange proposition by a persuasive debt collector: in exchange for 1 million yen, he must accompany his executioner on his visit to Tokyo. Led by a uniquely intelligent script, this love letter to Tokyo, at once touching and disconcerting, guides us through the Japanese megalopolis in ways no film has done before. From small peaceful parks to the legendary Shinjuku neighbourhood, funny and heart-warming characters take us strolling through one of the planet’s most fascinating cities. Best Scenario Award and Special Mention of the Jury winner at Fantasia 2008.

7 pm – KAMIKAZE GIRLS (2004)
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Cast: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya
Distributor: New People Entertainment

Bashful Momoko was born for Tokyo’s Harajuka neighbourhood and its Lolita shops. Instead, she’s rotting away in the countryside sporting clothing fit for Marie Antoinette’s Versailles. Ichigo is a neglected fighter belonging to a scooter-riding girl gang. An unusual friendship will develop between these two completely opposite individuals. Adapted from a cult short story (also the source for a manga of the same name), and led by two stars of Japanese pop, this dynamic and hilarious picture offers a unique narrative and visual universe stemming from the knowledgeable talent of one of Japan’s most eclectic directors.

9:30 pm – SURVIVE STYLE 5+ (2004)
Director: Gen Sekiguchi
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Vinnie Jones, Sonny Chiba
Distributor: Geneon Entertainment

Five storylines criss-cross one another in this funny, original and infinitely cool cocktail in which evolve, among many, a sharp-tongued English hitman, a man unsuccessfully attempting to rid himself of his wife, a publicist with a strange sense of humour who imagines questionably-tasteful ads and a family that finds itself in a delicate situation following an hypnosis session. It needs to be seen to be believed. SURVIVE STYLE 5+ is archetypical of the overflowing imagination, aesthetic refinement and controlled insanity that emanate from Japanese popular culture. With its rock/electro fusion soundtrack, sumptuous art direction and ambitious creativity palpable in every shot, this unclassifiable picture promises an unequalled sensorial experience. Best Direction Award, L’Écran Fantastique Award, Best Asian Film Audience Award and Most Groundbreaking Film Audience Award winner at Fantasia 2005.

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