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Late-Night Japanese Film Screenings at HK Theater - 6 Films Include "Terminal Trust"

Late-Night Japanese Film Screenings at HK Theater - 6 Films Include

The 2013 Hong Kong Japanese Film Showcase of special screenings begins on June 11 at The Grand Cinema

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The 2013 Hong Kong Japanese Film Showcase of special screenings begins on June 11 at The Grand Cinema, a cinema complex in a shopping mall outside Kowloon Station. A total of six films -- five released in Japan in 2012 and one more from this past February, "Reunion" -- will be screened as late-night shows during the event.

The theater is Hong Kong's largest, with twelve screens and around 1,600 seats. The special screenings are sponsored by film distributor Panasia Films and The Grand Cinema itself. A spokesperson talked about the showcase's history and significance. "This is the second showcase since 2010. It's important to have an opportunity like this event to promote several Japanese films."

"Reunion," which tells the story of a cast of characters confronting suffering and sadness as they face the unprecedented disaster spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake, qwas shown at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival. "Terminal Trust," directed by Masayuki Suo, whose previous work includes "I Just Didn't Do It," and starring Tamiyo Kusakari and Koji Yakusho, is also making a return to the silver screen in Hong Kong. The film portrays the state of modern care for terminally ill patients.

Other films scheduled to screen during the showcase are "Liar Game Reborn," which features an entirely different cast of stars from the TV series other than lead actor Shota Matsuda; "The Boy Inside," the live action version of the comic of the same name drawn by popular manga artist Naito Yamada and starring Masaki Suda, Tori Matsuzaka and Hiroki Aiba; "Rock'N Roll Housewives," the movie adaptation of "1995's Smoke on the Water," the popular coming-of-age novel by Takahisa Igarashi, and starring Hitomi Kuroki, Miki Maya, Tae Kimura and Shizuyo Yamasaki; and "Beautiful World," another movie adaption, this one of a TV drama series starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi.

The showings are scheduled for weekdays, but on the 12th, a holiday in Hong Kong, "Liar Game Reborn" starts at 7:30 p.m., earlier than the other days of the showcase. Seventy seats are available for each screening. Tickets are on sale at the theater's box office, over the phone, online and through the mobile app Hong Kong Movie. They are HK$80 for adults and HK$60 for children, with the exception of "Terminal Trust," which is HK$90 for adults and HK$70 for children. Other fees may apply for tickets purchased anywhere other than the theater's box office. The Japanese Film Showcase runs until June 26.

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