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Upcoming Japanese Films

For those film buffs out there, there are a number of Japanese movies coming up in the Bay Area you might be interested in:

Seven Samurai, Kurosawa’s masterpiece – Sakura Sakura, a recent love story from Toru Ichikawa (see below for more info) – Hospitalite, a black comedy from writer/director Koji Fukada – 13 Assassins, Takashi Miike homage to the glory days of Japanese swordplay movies – Outrage, a new Takeshi Kitano yakuza movie –

SAKURA SAKURA — The Life of a Samurai Chemist, Jokichi Takamine Presented and Sponsored by: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Executive Committee, The Hokkoku Shimbun, The Toyama Shimbun, Ishikawa Art and Culture Association

SAKURA SAKURA is the story of a love between two people that bridged Japan and the US. This is a story about the father of modern biotechnology, Jokichi Takamine, and his American wife Carolyn. Over a century ago, an international marriage was far from being easy and they faced many trials and tribulations. But the two of them over came many obstacles and made miracles happen. Jokichi succeeded in the crystallization of adrenaline and also discovered the digestive enzyme taka-amylase, both being vital discoveries that still remain relevant in today’s medical field.

–    Place: VIZ Cinema (NEW PEOPLE, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115)

–    Date: April 8th ~ 14th, 2011 (4/9 Sat & 10 Sun: Cherry Blossom Festival) 4/8 Fri: 4:30pm, 7:15pm 4/9 Sat: 10:45am, 1:15pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm 4/10 Sun: 10:45am, 1:15pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm 4/11 Mon: 4:30pm, 7:15pm 4/12 Tue: 4:30pm, 7:15pm 4/13 Wed: 4:30pm, 7:15pm 4/14 Thu: 4:30pm, 7:15pm

–    Admissions : $10 Tickets are now available at

–    About Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival 2011, visit

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