RECAP OF THE EVENT:
FLY ME TO THE SAITAMA kicked off season EIGHT attended by a full house of audience! Believe it or not, many of us in Chicago can relate to the “Saitama-ans”. Proud that “globalization of Saitama” started in Chicago! We thank again director Hideki Takeuchi joining us for this very special premiere. And Mark Schilling from Japan Times, Tokyo moderating the Q&A after the screening! Here is the official photo album. (photo-credits: Dan Hannula, Sophia Wong Boccio; video credits: Sistah Soul Productions)
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
Opening Night Film | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
FLY ME TO THE SAITAMA (翔んで埼玉)
Introduction and Q&A with Director Hideki TAKEUCHI
Guest Moderator: Mark SCHILLING
(Flight Angel: JAL)
Japan | 2019 | 107 Minutes | DCP
In Japanese w/English subtitles
Genre: Black comedy
Director: Takeuchi HIDEKI
Starring: Fumi NIKAIDOU, GACKT, Yûsuke ISEYA
Film Source: Pony Canyon Inc., Tokyo
Fly Me to the Saitama is Hideki Takeuchi’s adaptation of a 1980s manga about an alternative-universe rebellion by the natives of the capital’s much mocked suburb. Starring Fumi Nikaido as the cosseted son of the corrupt Tokyo governor and pop star Gackt as a mysterious transfer student at the son’s private academy, the film is packed with in-jokes targeting the titular prefecture. As he did with his 2012 time-travel comedy Thermae Romae, Takeuchi also nimbly crosses cultural barriers, this time with hick-versus-city-slicker comedy that anyone who has ever been either can understand. – Mark Schilling, Japan Times.
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