Reality & Illusions From VIZ and New People

redline_PosterAccording to their press release, VIZ Cinema is wrapping up 2010 with a December roster of screenings that introduce various ways to look at reality.
Trailers, screening times and tickets are available at VIZ Cinema is located inside NEW PEOPLE at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco’s Japantown.
“December offers more than twenty films, featuring new titles as well as encore presentations of some of the most popular movies to play at the theatre this year.”
Included are the following genre (or borderline) films:
REDLINE: Monday, 12/6 – Thursday 12/9
(Directed by Takeshi Koike, 2010, 100 min, Digital, English Subtitles)
REDLINE is a racing film created by studio Madhouse (Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars). The toughest and the most destructive underground car race in the universe, REDLINE, has just begun! JP is a reckless driver oblivious to speed limits, and Sonoshee, one of his competitors with whom JP is secretly in love with, is a hot girl determined to do whatever it takes to stand on the winner’s podium.
They’re up against the craziest drivers with their heavily armed and awesome road-tearing vehicles. On top of that, during the race, they have to avoid military crackdown by the government because the race is actually prohibited in Roboworld. The only help JP wants is the engine obtained and custom tuned by his long time buddies, Frisbee the mechanic and Mogura Oyaji the junk shop. While cars crash and burn into flames, the race course becomes a merciless hell and JP whips his ride into a dead heat. Who will survive to win in this mass-destruction race?
Tickets are $10.00.
(Directed by Jun-ichi Mori, 2010, 163min, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles)
Don’t miss the special encore screening of mega hit anime movie  THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA  in association with Bandai Entertainment!
Ten days before Christmas, Haruhi came up with another one of her crazy ideas to hold a Christmas party in the club room. The next day, however, Kyon woke up to a world in which Haruhi didn’t exist and no one besides him had any memory of her. How can someone like Haruhi Suzumiya who’s supposed to be the center of the universe just vanish?
Tickets are $10.00.
THE LOWER DEPTHS: Sunday, 12/19 – Monday, 12/27
(1957, 125 minutes, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles)
Mifune and Kurosawa transform Maxim Gorky’s classic proletariat play THE LOWER DEPTHS in their own way firmly situated in the postwar world. Remaining faithful to the original with its focus on the conflict between illusion and reality, their film making styles converge to create unique masterpieces.

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