Japan Film Festival Of San Francisco Brings Live-action 'Rurouni Kenshin' And More

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We've been following developments about the live-action adaptation of "Rurouni Kenshin" for a while now, and it looks like West Coast audiences get to be ahead of the curve when New People screens the film as part of the July 27 through August 4 film festival. "Rurouni Kenshin" joins the killer teacher movie from Miike "Lesson of the Evil" and the plastic surgery gone bad tale "Helter Skelter" in a 15-film lineup of genre-heavy fare.

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San Francisco, you could do a lot worse than to get out and see the latest from "Sakuran" director Mika Ninagawa, the shojo adaptation "Helter Skelter," another of her films focusing on compelling, possibly damaged women and the horrible, horrible things that happen to them. In this case, it's model Liliko (Erika Sawajiri, "Gantz II") whose numerous plastic surgeries have begun to take a physical and emotional toll on her.

Likewise, if you're looking for big budget CG ridiculousness, "Space Battleship Yamato" is making its west coast premiere, along with the U.S. premiere of "Library Wars"--that last one is on August 3rd and will feature a special appearance by director Shinsuke Sato.

Here's the full lineup:

"Dreams for Sale"

"Himizu"

"Helter Skelter"

"How to Build A Mobile House"

"HUNTER X HUNTER: Phantom Rouge"

"Lesson of the Evil"

"Phantom Wars"

"Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower"

"Platinum Data"

"Resident Evil: Damnation"

"Rurouni Kenshin"

"Space Battleship Yamato"

"TIGER & BUNNY: The Beginning"

"Wolf Children"

The festival is taking place at the New People theater and you can find ticketing details and the location here.