LA Anime Film Festival Kicking Off On September 15th!

Los Angeles will be hosting the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival between September 15th and September 17th, celebrating 100 years since ANIME was born in Japan! To mark the centennial celebration LA-AFF will screen one of the first Japanese animated short films created in 1917 by Junichi Kouichi called Namakura Katana during the festival’s opening ceremony on September 15th!

Throughout the festival, there will classic Anime films screened, Q&A sessions with directors, voice actors and film creators.

In addition to classic titles, King Of Prism by PrettyRhythm will be making it’s North American premiere.

To purchase your tickets, make sure to visit: http://la-aff.eventbrite.com

LA-AFF artwork
LA-AFF artwork

Here is the schedule of events:

Opening Gala Screening – Friday, September 15 
No Game No Life Zero, dir. Atsuko Ishizuka, Japan, 2017
*North American Premiere
Namakura Gatana (Special Presentation)

Closing Film – Sunday, September 17
Akira, dir. Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 1988

Festival Lineup
009 Re:Cyborg 3D, dir. Kenji Kamiyama, Japan, 2012
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, dir. Tatsuyuki Nagai, Japan 2013
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, dir. Shinichirō Watanabe, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei, Japan, 2001
Ghost in the Shell, dir. Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 1995
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, dir. Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 2004 (35mm)
Kiki’s Delivery Service, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1989
King of Prism by PrettyRhythm dir. Masakazu Hishida, Japan, 2016
*North American Premiere
Love Live! The School Idol Movie, dir. Takahiko Kyogoku, Japan, 2015
Metropolis, dir. Rintaro, Japan, 2001
Miss Hokusai, dir. Keiichi Hara, Japan, 2015
My Neighbor Totoro, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1988
Paprika, dir. Satoshi Kon, Japan, 2006 (35mm)
Pigtails, dir. Yoshimi Itazu, Japan, 2015
Porco Rosso, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1992
Red Turtle, dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit, France/Belgium/Japan, 2016
Summer Wars, dir. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2009

Below, you can find posters, stills or synopses that were provided for each individual movie:

No Game No Life Zero:

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009 Re: Cyborg 3D:

Synopsis:

Once there were nine cybernetic heroes who had long fought for justice. But as their struggle finally restored peace, they eventually disappeared from the pages of history and from people’s memory. 2013: skyscrapers across the world are hit by suicide bombers with no apparent connection. The nine heroes gather once again after three decades to fight against this faceless menace. They appear untouched by time, but society around them has changed dramatically, as it has the very idea of “justice” they used to believe in… What is their role in the world now? And what is lying behind the rash of skyscraper bombings that is terrorizing all nations across the Earth? The vital clue: the skeleton of an impossible-seeming creature. As cities are consumed in the apocalypse, could it really be an Act of God?

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day:

Anohana Movie poster
Anohana Movie poster

Synopsis:

Friends grow apart after a tragic accident claims one of their number. Years later, the dead girl appears to them to ask for their help in crossing over to the afterlife.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie:

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Ghost In The Shell:

Ghost In The Shell
Ghost In The Shell

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence:

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence
Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence

Synopsis:

Nine years after his hugely influential Ghost in the Shell burst onto the international film scene becoming one of the most successful anime films of all time, acclaimed writer/director Mamoru Oshii returned with the long-awaited sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

In 2032, the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. Detective Batou, an agent for covert anti-terrorist unit Public Safety Section 9, is assigned the case of gynoids -hyper-realistic female robots created for sexual companionship- that have started slaughtering their owners. In the course of the investigation, Batou and his partner Togusa take on violent Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, government bureaucrats, and corporate criminals to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime.

More than a visually stunning futuristic hard-boiled mystery, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the story of a solitary cyborg that desperately wants to hold on to what’s left of his humanity in a world where the value of the human soul has largely been forgotten. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the first -and only to date- Japanese animated feature film to be nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes.

Kiki’s Delivery Service:

will update as soon as possible

King Of Prism By PrettyRhythm:

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie:

Love Live poster
Love Live poster

Metropolis:

will update as soon as possible

Miss Hokusai:

will update as soon as possible

My Neighbor Totoro:

will update as soon as possible

Paprika:

Paprika poster
Paprika poster

Synopsis:

29 year old Dr. Atsuko Chiba is an attractive but modest Japanese research psychotherapist whose work is on the cutting edge of her field. Her alter-ego is a stunning and fearless 18 year old “dream detective,” code named PAPRIKA , who can enter into people’s dreams and synchronize with their unconscious to help uncover the source of their neurosis.

At Atsuko’s lab, a powerful new psychotherapy devise known as the “DC-MINI” has been invented by her brilliant colleague, Dr. Tokita, a nerdy overweight genius. Although this state-of-art device could revolutionize the world of psychotherapy, in the wrong hands the potential misuse of the devise could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate the dreamer’s personality while they are asleep.

When one of the only four existing DC-MINI prototypes is stolen in the final stages of research around the same time that Dr. Tokita’s research assistant Himuro goes missing, Atsuko suspects it’s not a coincidence. If the DC MINI isn’t found, this could lead to the government’s refusal to sanction the use of the machine for psychotherapy treatment.

When several of the remaining researchers at the lab start to go mad, dreaming while in their waking states, haunted by a Japanese doll which featured heavily in the dreams of one of Himuro’s schizophrenic patients, Atsuko knows for sure that whoever is manipulating the machines has a more evil purpose. The DC MINI is being used to destroy people’s minds.

Pigtails:

Pigtails
Pigtails

Synopsis:

The earth shook. The sea roared. And then… There is a small house solitary standing by the seaside. A pigtail-braided girl has been living there alone since that fateful day. Mail is no longer delivered, but even this morning, she’s hanging out the laundry as usual. She’s unaware that all around her, the clothes-pegs are quarreling, the pillow argues with the umbrella about the outside world, and the new toothbrush is unsuccessfully trying to charm the grumpy older ones. A thought-provoking fable of hope and rebirth in a cruel and gentle world after an unnamed disaster.

Porce Rosso:

will update as soon as possible

Red Turtle:

The Red Turtle (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Red Turtle (Sony Pictures Classics)

Synopsis:

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

Summer Wars:

Summer Wars
Summer Wars

Akira:

Synopsis:

Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E

Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of feature-length animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality.  Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that iconic motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the graphic novel became the movie and the movie became a phenomenon and the world took notice. Now, Akira is everywhere. If you can’t see it in the streets – if you can’t feel it crawling around inside your brain – then you have yet to be initiated. What are you waiting for?

 

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