13th Japan Filmfest Hamburg starts today!

Today marks the beginning of the 13th Japan Filmfest Hamburg with the world premier of Black Dawn, based on the successful Japanese tv-series Gaiji Keisatsu. In the wake of the great 2011 earthquake terrorists are planning an attack on a nuclear reactor and it’s up to this special police force to stop them. The movie will be running in the Metropolis Cinema, which is one of the festival’s 4 venues. All of them are located in convinient distances to one another and considering the weather report for the next days, I’ll definitely bring my bike with me for quick trips from one cinema to the next.

The festival will go on until the 27th and I’m already planning to visit quite a few films in addition to the ones where I’m going to hold the opening speech. So if any of you would like to meet me there, just check my personal timetable below ๐Ÿ™‚

23rd of May:

25th of May:

26th of May:

27th of May:

  • 10.00 Movie breakfast at the Projektor Cinema

I hope to see a lot of you in the movie theaters with me to enjoy the Japanese cinema we’re presenting this year. This year’s selection offers a broad range of different films for everyone, so if you’re interested in Japan or Japanese movies you should definitely find some film to fit your taste. Let’s enjoy the festival! ๐Ÿ™‚

11th Japan Filmfest Hamburg โ€“ The Diary (Day 3)

Howdy! I bring you new stuff from the movie festival and this time, I’ve got photos! ๐Ÿ˜€

After watching Blood of Rebirth yesterday (the trailer is linked in the previous posting), which was kinda freaky and psychedelic, we went to the festival party, to celebrate a bit. We had japanese beer, a liveband and green tea cocktail – and a pretty nicely designed location. It was quite crowded for some time, before it became really late, so it seems, that this party was a success for the festival ๐Ÿ™‚

And today, we organized the movie breakfast, which is a buffet with a mix between western and japanese breakfast before the early movie on 11:00. We had to start the preparations at 8:00, so I was still pretty tired from the last night, but that’s the price for partying, I guess ^^ We prepared Onigiri, Miso-soup, Natto and even more japanese dishes and they were probably really good – because they were gone, before we could eat some as well. Next time, we need to make more food, so the team can have some too xD

Anyway, this evening I’ll watch USB, Robo Geisha and Big Tits Zombie 3D – I’m in for a lot of blood (of course just with the last two movies – which I also have to announce) ๐Ÿ˜€

And here come the pictures:

Cya ๐Ÿ˜‰

11th Japan Filmfest Hamburg โ€“ The Diary (Day 2)

Welcome back again for the second part of my filmfestival diary. As I have told you, I watched the anime Summer Wars yesterday and it was really amazing. Out of the full-lenght anime movies, I’d definitetely put it in my personal Top5, up there with Princess Mononoke, Paprika and the like. A great story, fine drawing, funny jokes, cute charakters – this anime has it all, so I can really recommend it. I think i might buy this one for my DVD-collection ๐Ÿ™‚

The second movie was A Knot, which I had to announce to the audience. As I hadn’t seen the movie before, it was a bit tricky to make a good announcement about the content, but I think I didn’t do too bad after all. It was a really calm and quiet Drama – typical japanese one might say ๐Ÿ˜‰ I even found the trailer, so you might try to get an impression there: Link. I felt reminded to the movie Non-Ko from last years film festival – not because of the story, but the surroundings, arrangements and designs in the movie had some similarities. At least if you ask me.

Today I’ll be watching The Blood Of Rebirth in the evening, which should be an interesting mix between drama, mystic stuff and medieval setting – I’m curious ๐Ÿ™‚ And after that, it’s time for the movie festival party within our funky decorated festival lounge \o/

This time I’ll bring you photos, as I’ve forgotten to make some yesterday :/

11th Japan Filmfest Hamburg – The Diary (Day 1)

Yesterday evening was the beginning of the 11th Japan Filmfest Hamburg, with the german opening night of the japanese blockbuster movie Tajomaru. It took place in our biggest festival cinema, the metropolis, which was nearly completely filled. The free sushi after the showing was gone in not much more than 10 minutes – and there was quite a lot of sushi in the beginning ^^

So for the time of the festival, I’ll write this diary, to keep everyone up to date and recommend some movies for the day. For today, I’ll be seeing Summer Wars at 20.00 and A Knot at 22.30, both will be shown in the Metropolis cinema. I hope to see some of you there ๐Ÿ™‚