The Shinsedai Cinema Festival had its grand opening on Thursday, July 12 featuring Ringing in Their Ears as their opening gala film. Directed by Yu Irie, the film was based on the story of a real rock band in Japan, Shinsei Kamattechan, a group of unique shut-ins who did their performances online and grew an organic fan base via online videos. Yu Irie told us that he was a shut-in himself back in high school too.
Watch the trailer:

Watch our interview with Irie (with english translation):

Sakichi Sato
, the Japanese guy who starred in Kill Bill Vol.1 presented the Canadian Premiere of his film Zero Man vs. The Half Virgin on Friday. The film was about a police officer who saw numbers on foreheads when he masturbated. The ending of the comedy left us puzzled and confused, which was also Sakichi Sato‘s purpose. If you’ve seen the film, here’s a little Q&A of the film:

Daisuke Miyazaki presented the Toronto Premiere of his first feature film End of the Night on Saturday, July 14. The film was about a hit man, Akira, raised by another hit man who killed Akira’s family. The film used neo-noir techniques to show emotions through different lighting and body shapes instead of facial expressions. It was dark with a deep meaning. The Dicertor Miyazaki though, was a really funny guy. We asked him what he liked about Toronto and his answer was the weather, maple syrup, and Blue Jays!

Read our related post on the Shinsedai Cinema Festival: http://www.fashionecstasy.com/the-fourth-annual-shinsedai-cinema-festival/
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