Friday, September 11, 2009

Japanese genre paradise at Sitges 2009

by Chris MaGee

If you're a fan of Japanese genre films, and I know there are more than one or two of you out there, then it seems like the place to be in October will be Sitges, Spain for its 42nd Annual International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Sitges has become one of the best known fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and genre film festivals in the world, and they also programme a healthy dose of Japanese films, but this year they have totally outdone themselves. Just check out this extensive list of what Japanese film fans will be able to check out in Spain next month:

Mizuno Nishikubo' "Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai", Takashi Miike's "Yatterman" and "Crows 2", "Shinya Tsukamoto's" "Tetsuo The Bulletman", Mamoru Hosada's "Summer Wars", Hitoshi Matsumoto's "Symbol", Chapters 2 and 3 of Yukihiko Tsutsumi's "20th Century Boys", Kazuaki Kiriya's "Goemon", Kazuya Tsurumaki's "Evangelion 2.0", Studio 4C's "First Squad" and "Genius Party Beyond", Kazuyoshi Katayama's "King of Thorn", Shinsuke Sato's "Oblivion Island", Rintaro's "Yona Yona Penguin", Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro", Takanori Tsujimoto's "Hard Revenge Milly" and "Hard Revenge Milly: Bloody Battle", Kengo Kaji's "Samurai Princess", Yoshihiro Nishimura's "Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl", and Naoto Takenaka's "Yamagata Scream".

Whew! My fingers got tired just typing all those up! So if you're a Japanese genre film fan and have the airfare to Sitges burning a whole in your wallet then get your tickets booked! And for genre film fans in general check out more on this year's Sitges line-up here.

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