by Chris MaGee
In just a couple days seven cities in The Netherlands will be playing host to the best in Japanese film. The 4th Annual Camera Japan Festival kicks off on September 18th and will run until October 7th in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Arnhem, Breda, Tilburg and Leiden. This year the fest is adopting the theme of "New Playgrounds" as a way "to explore unknown areas" and to show that "Japan has way more to offer than just sushi and samurai." Amen!
To help in this gaol Cmaera Japan's programmers have brought together a really wide range of films, Ryonsuke Hashiguchi's "All Around Us", Toshio Lee's "Detroit Metal City", Kazuhiro Soda's "Mental", and Mamoru Oshii's "Ghost in the Shell 2.0" being just a few highlights. Add to that a Koji Wakamatsu mini-retrospective, and related Japanese cultural activities and all of you in The Netherlands are looking at 20 whole days of cinematic treasures from the East.
For the full line-up of all the happenings taking place during Camera Japan check out its official site here.