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A TRIBUTE TO DIRECTOR RYUHEI KITAMURA IN-PERSON

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Thursday, July 28th @ 9:30pm


A TRIBUTE TO DIRECTOR RYUHEI KITAMURA IN-PERSON

Since he emerged in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with incredibly kinetic, manga-style action films including VERSUS, ALIVE and AZUMI, Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura has established himself as one of the most talented and distinctive genre filmmakers in the world. More recently he helmed GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, the last installment in the long-running Godzilla series, and the acclaimed Clive Barker adaptation THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN.

Please join us for an In-Person Tribute to Kitamura, featuring the Los Angeles Premiere of his long-unseen film:

LOVEDEATH
(2006, Bogeydom Licensing, 158 min.)

On the wish-list of most hardcore Japanese genre buffs, LOVEDEATH finally makes its L.A. debut at the Crest Theater. Kitamura’s gloriously romantic and deliriously over-the-top, 2-1/2 hour yakuza epic revolves around the explosive, Bonnie-and-Clyde style love affair between the moody Sai (Shinji Takeda) and the impossibly gorgeous Sheila (NorA) – who just happens to be the ex-girlfriend of a bad-tempered yakuza boss. With nods to pop-culture crime epics like PULP FICTION and TRUE ROMANCE, LOVEDEATH has a unique, almost-indescribable comic book style all its own, mixing intense romanticism, ultra-violent action and even broad slapstick comedy. Look for mixed martial arts superstar Masakatsu Funaki and pop singer Izam in supporting roles.

“Here we combine a very simple love story, with mayhem – a fact of life for most of us.” – Ryuhei Kitamura. (In Japanese with English subtitles.)

Discussion before screening with director Ryuhei Kitamura, moderated by Japanese film scholar Steve Ryfle.




 

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Foreign Films