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    Win More JAPAN CUTS 2014 Tickets!

    See Two Great New Japanese Movies on the Big Screen for Free, Courtesy of Japan Society and SciFi Japan Source: Japan Society Official Site: Special Thanks to Jason Serrano Our friends at Japan Society present their second contest for SciFi Japan readers to win free tickets to see some of the great new films at Japan Cuts: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. This time, we have passes for two murderous movies premiering next weekend... GREATFUL DEAD or KILLERS starring Kazuki Kitamura (GODZILLA: FINAL WARS). Both screenings will take place at Japan Society, located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues in New York City.

    GREATFUL DEAD (Gureitofuru Deddo) Friday, July 18 at 10:45 pm **East Coast Premiere Japan. 2014. 97 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Eiji Uchida. With Kumi Takiuchi, Takashi Sasano, Kkobbi Kim. Wealthy young Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) has found herself a hobby to while away the time between ordering new appliances and fashion accessories -- surveilling the lives of the crazed and lonely, or "Solitarians," as she calls them. Perched atop the city with powerful binoculars, she tracks the descent of the elderly and unemployed into madness and death, gleefully snapping a selfie beside their freshly decaying corpses. When one of her most prized Solitarians (Takashi Sasano) is snatched up by Christian volunteers and becomes hopeful once again, Nami is sent into a murderous rage, pitting young against old in an epic, bloody battle. Eiji Uchida`s genre pleaser is also a cutting critique of Japan`s post post-bubble insularity and consumerism. "Dark, bloody, unflinchingly brutal, yet also laugh-out-loud funny, genuinely touching and with a profound social conscience, Greatful Dead is the real deal." --Twitch Film

    KILLERS (Kirazu) Saturday, July 19 at 11 pm **East Coast Premiere **Introduction by actor Kazuki Kitamura Indonesia/Japan. 2014. 137 min. Blu-ray, in English, Indonesian and Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by The Mo Brothers (Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto). With Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy, Mei Kurokawa, Denden. Kazuki Kitamura`s tour de force performance as an eerily handsome and decadently deranged serial killer centers this remarkable Indonesian-Japanese co-production. Nomura (Kitamura), a wealthy expat returned to Tokyo from the U.S. after the financial crisis, has taken to killing young women and uploading videos of the acts. Bayu Aditya (rapper Oka Antara), an honest Jakarta journalist whose personal life has been destroyed by a corrupt politician, encounters Nomura`s viral snuff films online and his sense of vigilante justice becomes a dangerous bloodthirst. Communicating anonymously online, Nomura encourages the fledgling killer, but when Bayu wants out, Nomura forces him to complete the transformation in a bloody, operatic finale. Executive produced by Gareth Evans of THE RAID, KILLERS channels AMERICAN PSYCHO and Seijun Suzuki`s BRANDED TO KILL via Johnnie To`s FULLTIME KILLER. By turns funny and assaultive, KILLERS is one of the most disturbing and rewarding viewing experiences in years. "One of the most interesting, disturbing, and provocative takes on the world of the serial killer ever made." –Twitch 18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.


    Prize: A. There are two (2) prizes. Each prize consists of two (2) passes to see a selected film at Japan Cuts. B. Passes will be available one (1) hour before the shows at the Japan Society Will Call. The winner must present a photo ID in order to claim their prize. Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 and 7 subway at Grand Central or the E and V subway at Lexington Avenue). For more information, call 212-832-1155 or visit C. In the event that a winner chooses not to (or cannot) accept a prize, he or she forfeits all claim to that prize. D. One entry per person. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prizes allowed. E. These passes are for admission to the screenings only. Japan Society is providing complimentary admission with the condition that no other benefits are implied. Winners understand and acknowledge that they are responsible for all other expenses including transportation, food (you`ll have to buy your own snacks, sorry!), and lodging. Furthermore, winners and their guests understand and acknowledge that Japan Society and SciFi Japan are in no way liable for any injuries or other losses incurred by accepting the passes. Duration of contest: The contest runs from July 11 until 3:00 pm on July 17, 2014. How to enter: A. Answer the following trivia questions (answers should be easy to find with Google) for the films you`d like to attend. Submit the answers along with your name and email address. GREATFUL DEAD Q) Takashi Sasano also appeared in a Miike-directed remake to what 1962 film? A: Harakiri B: Sword of Doom C: Twilight Samurai Q) Which other Eiji Uchida film screened at the 2011 New York Asian Film Festival? A: The Last Days of The World B: Topless C: Black Angels KILLERS Q) Actor Kazuki Kitamura also stars in what other two films on the Japan CUTS line-up? A: Uzumasa Limelight/Man From Reno B: Man From Reno/Neko Samurai C: Neko Samurai/Love`s Whirlpool Q) Actor Kazuki Kitamura appeared in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 as member(s) of which gang? A: The Sakura Seven B: The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad C: Crazy 88 Determination of winners: A. Only contestants who have submitted the requested information will be entered in the random drawing. B. SciFi Japan is not responsible for typographical, electronic or other errors in Internet operation affecting the offering, outcome, administration of the contest or the announcement of prizes. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. C. The decision of Japan Society and SciFi Japan is final. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the SciFi Japan judges, which are final and binding in all respects. D. Following the drawing on July 16, winners will be notified via email. Just email the following information to "Japan Cuts 2014 Contest 2" at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Good luck! Name: Email Address: GREATFUL DEAD Answers: KILLERS Answers:

    About JAPAN CUTS

    Japan Society`s annual JAPAN CUTS festival is an inimitable platform for contemporary Japanese cinema, showing the diversity and vitality of one of the most exciting world cinemas. Since its launch in 2007, the festival has attracted over 34,000 filmgoers and presented over 170 feature films, many never-before seen in the U.S. The first annual JAPAN CUTS was one of the most successful single events in the Society`s 2007-08 centennial celebration. Noted for its "rich and varied selection of recent Japanese films" (The New York Times), JAPAN CUTS has premiered several films that have gone on to garner international acclaim, including: About Her Brother, Buddha, Confessions, Death Note, Fish Story, Gantz, Haru’s Journey, Kamome Diner, Love Exposure, Milocrorze, The Mourning Forest, Ninja Kids!!!, Sawako Decides, Sukiyaki Western Django, Sway, Sketches of Kaitan City, United Red Army, Vacation, and Yasukuni. Every year JAPAN CUTS features a number of panels, post-screening parties, and exclusive Q&As with filmmakers and actors. Past festivals have included appearances by Koji Yakusho, Masami Nagasawa, Kenji Kohashi, Sora Aoi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yoshimasa Ishibashi, Shusuke Kaneko, Naomi Kawase, Masahiro Kobayashi, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Kentaro Moriya, Miwa Nishikawa, Naoko Ogigami, Natsuki Seta, Shota Sometani, Sion Sono, Tomorowo Taguchi, Gen Takahashi, Toshiaki Toyoda, Hitoshi Yazaki, and Isao Yukisada.

    About Japan Society

    The Japan Society Film Program offers a diverse selection of Japanese films, from classics to contemporary independent productions. Its aim is to entertain, educate and support activities in the Society`s arts & culture programs. The Film Program has included retrospectives of great directors, thematic series and many U.S. premieres. Some original film series curated by Japan Society have traveled to other U.S. venues in tours organized by the Film Program. For more, visit Founded in 1907, Japan Society is a multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. An American nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, the Society cultivates a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan. Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 and 7 subway at Grand Central or the E and M subway at Lexington Avenue). For more information, call 212-832-1155 or visit

    For more information on Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema and New York Asian Film Festival, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan:

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