Xavierpop Previews The @Shinsedai_Fest Cinema Festival

Here at XavierPop, we strive to bring you the most in-depth coverage of the best Festivals the city has to offer.  Chris MaGee, co-founder  of  The  Shinsedai  Cinema  Festival  announced that the fourth annual  edition of  the festival  will be presented at The Revue Cinema in Roncesvalles Village, from Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, 2012.  Celebrating  the  new  generation  of  films  from  Japan,  the  festival  has  become  an  avenue  for  young  Japanese filmmakers to have their work screened overseas. It is renowned for presenting: dramas, quirky comedies, hard-hitting documentaries, experimental shorts and more.  The Festival has also commissioned Toronto-based musicians and sound artists to create live scores for numerous classic Japanese silent films which is actually a very neat idea.

This year’s lineup includes:

Ringing in Their EarsOpening Night Gala
Thursday, July 12, 2012
7:00 PM

Yu Irie (8000 Miles 1 & 2) returns with this ambitious flick about an upcoming concert by a reclusive rock group and the managers, obsessed fans, shut-ins, single moms and kindergarten teachers who are affected by it.


Enter the Cosmos: Takashi Makino Special
Thursday, July 12, 2012
9:30 PM

Experimental Japanese filmmaker Takashi Makino has created a unique vision that immerses the audience in layers of light, color, visual dissonance and abstract sound.


The Ghost Cat And The Mysterious Shamisen
Friday July 13, 2012
7:00 PM

A rarely seen 1938 Japanese horror film that uses, but predates most of what modern Japanese horror is known for today. A fiery love triangle and a cat that returns from the grave form the chilling core of the film.


Zero Man vs. The Half Virgin
Friday July 13, 2012
9:00 PM

Sakichi Sato wrote the script for two of Japan’s biggest cult hits: Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer and Gozu. Now he directs his own script of a cop who sees a number on everyone’s forehead. What they mean and why he sees them leads him to an unexpected, and frightening, conclusion.


The Naked Summer
Saturday July 14, 2012
1:30 PM

Each year Akaji Maroand the members of Dairakudakan invite both professional dancers and curious amateurs to participate in an intimate dance retreat where they receive a crash course in the philosophy and practice of this fascinating art form.


From the Great White North: Yubari Fanta Special
Saturday July 14, 2012
4:30 PM

The central Hokkaido town of Yubari hosts the important and storied Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival which has become one of the most important events for young independent Japanese filmmakers. The Shinsedai Cinema Festival is proud to present this programme of short films coordinated directly with Yubari director Yasuhiro Togawa.

End Of The Night
Saturday July 14, 2012
7:00 PM

A Hitman takes a child from a murder scene and raises him as his own, making him the perfect killer. Life, it seems, has other plans for the child. A crime-filled examination of nature versus nurture from first time feature filmmaker Daisuke Miyazaki.


Battle Girls & Bondage: A Pink Film Double Bill
Saturday July 14, 2012
9:30 PM

Pink Film is a style of Japanese soft-core pornographic theatrical film. Due to the nature of censorship in Japan, filmmakers have had to be very creative in how they display what is happening onscreen. 18 and over only for this viewing.


Hiroshima Nagasaki Download
Sunday July 15, 2012
1:30 PM

The hibakusha, or “explosion-affected people”, are the survivors of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Filmmaker Shinpei Takeda and producer Eiji Wakamatsu seek out the surviving hibakusha to tell their tales.


Good For Nothing
SundayJuly 15, 2012
4:00 PM

A stylish piece about three men just out of high school whom are contemplating their future while working for a security firm. First time director Sho Miyake, attempting to make a “film without a frame”, shoots in majestic black & white.


Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits
Sunday July 15, 2012
6:00 PM

An interesting mix of Japanese animation shorts that are not the typical Anime the nation is known for producing.

“Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits, was originally curated by Jasper Sharp for the second annual Zipangu Fest in London and now comes to Toronto to astound audiences. From the psychedelic visual assault of Yoshihiro Haku + Sachiko Hiraoka to the delicate visions of Sayaka Oku Beyond Anime will take adventurous audiences from the well trodden paths of anime to the farthest reaches of Japan’s animation landscape.”


TentsukiClosing Night Film
Sunday July 15, 2012
8:00 PM

Masafumi Yamada’s story of a man running from the yakuza whom ends up hiding out in an unmapped portion of Kyoto. Similar in style to David Lynch or perhaps some of Takashi Miike’s more abstract work.


This list consists of the main features, though there are shorts with almost every film. Tickets and passes for the 4th Annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival are now on sale. Tickets and festival passes can be purchased in person at either Eyesore Cinema (801 Queen Street West, 2nd Flr.) or Things Japanese (128 Harbord Street), but they can also be purchased online through Three options are available, $12 for a single ticket, a 5 film pass for $50 and a Deluxe Pass that gains entry to all shows for $108.