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Win tickets to see HELTER SKELTER this Friday!

HELTER SKELTER
Co-presented by The Toronto Japanese Film Festival
& The Beguiling Books and Art

Screening Friday, June 14th, at 9:15pm
@ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1z5
(Don Mills & Eglinton)
18+ | Buy Tickets Online

The Beguiling is a proud supporter of The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, opening this Thursday at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Please visit their website at: http://jccc.on.ca/torontojff/

The Beguiling will be co-presenting the Friday, June 14th screening of HELTER SKELTER, a live-action paen to beauty, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, and based on the manga by Kyoko Okazaki (岡崎 京子). If you want to win passes to this screening, keep reading!

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WIN ONE OF 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO SEE HELTER SKELTER THIS FRIDAY!

For a chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to this screening, send an e-mail with your name, daytime telephone number, and “OKAZAKI” in the subject line to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Thursday, June 13th, at 12pm (noon). Winners will be drawn and contacted at that time.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “OKAZAKI”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of beguiling dot com. (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Thursday June 13th at 12pm.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per household/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

ABOUT HELTER SKELTER:

Director:Mika Ninagawa
Writer: Kyoko Okazaki(manga), Arisa Kaneko
Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Kaori Momoi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kozue Yoshikawa, Mieko Harada and Shinobu Terajima
Genre: Suspense Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Year of Release: 2012
Film Length: 127 min
Restricted 18

In this wildly over-the-top and unique piece of sensationally visual cinema, dangerously beautiful superstar model LiLiCo has the world at her feet. She also has a secret: she owes her entire ‘perfect’ body to plastic surgery. When a naturally gorgeous new talent arrives on the scene, LiLiCo’s reign is threatened – but this is just a precursor to her startling physical and psychological collapse. Erika Sawajiri’s controversial and terrifying central performance was nominated for a Japanese Academy Award prize.

Based on the popular manga by Kyoko Okazaki and directed by fashion photographer Mika (Sakuran) Ninagawa, Helter Skelter is a crazed, provocative and hallucinogenic tour-du-force. Starring Erika Sawajiri,  Kaori Momoi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kozue Yoshikawa, Mieko Harada and Shinobu Terajima (nominated for best supporting actress).

ABOUT THE TORONTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

tjff-poster-frontThe Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. TorontoJFF acts as a forum to connect Canadian audiences, Japanese filmmakers, industry professionals and supporters. The festival is a bridge between the Japanese film industry and the Canadian/North American film industry and distribution professionals.

For many films, TorontoJFF is the first step to broader recognition and appreciation by North American and Canadian audiences. The second Toronto Japanese Film Festival will be held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre between June 13th and 27th, 2013. Programming will again address popular genres such as historical (samurai) jidaigeki, contemporary dramas and comedies, pop culture manga-based action thrillers, art house fare, children’s and anime films. All films will be Canadian or Toronto premieres with the exception of some special screening events.

At TorontoJFF we choose films that reflect the tastes of Japanese audiences, those celebrated by the Japanese Academy Awards, as well as films recommended by the community as those they would like to share with Canadians. In other words, we believe our film project has been “programmed by Japan.”

More at http://jccc.on.ca/torontojff/

 

FREE SCREENING: PING PONG, based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto – June 6

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The Japan Foundation, The Beguiling, and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival Present

“Ping Pong”
The live action film based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto
Thursday, June 6, 6:30 pm
@ The Japan Foundation, Toronto, 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor of the Colonnade
Admission: Free
Reservation required: http://www.jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php

Film Language: In Japanese with English subtitles

pingpong_postersAs a part of its presentation of “The World of Taiyo Matsumoto” gallery show, The Japan Foundation, The Beguiling, and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are pleased to present an intimate screening of PING PONG, a live-action film based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto.

Join Curator Christopher Butcher as he gives a brief introduction to the film and the manga that it’s based upon, including how the film may have changed the course of Matsumoto’s career!

“The movie has some of the feel of a good graphic novel and offers a lot of Japanese pop pleasures as well. The images are eye-catching and highly colorful, the pacing is fast, and the story and the characters are simple, grabby and archetypal.” -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

This is a really fun movie, and I’m going to try to put together a very cool presentation based on the adaptation of the film. I hope you’ll come out to see it (and hey, RSVP to guarantee a space!).

– Chris @ The Beguiling

 

Friday Film: Peter interviews director Shane Carruth about his new film Upstream Color

Film Friday . . . in which Peter urges you to go see a movie.

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While posts about film adaptations of comics or ticket giveaways may crop up here occasionally, this time I am going to give a straight ahead recommendation to a film opening at the TIFF this week. I have long recommended Shane Carruth’s first film “Primer” (2003). If one wants to classify it as science fiction then it is certainly among my few favourite films of the genre. “Upstream Color” now joins that list.

Continue reading Friday Film: Peter interviews director Shane Carruth about his new film Upstream Color