LA EigaFest 2015 opens with Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Sept. 25.
The Japan Film Society presents the LA EigaFest, beginning on Sept. 25 and running through Sept. 27 at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. The festival, which is in its fifth year, begins with the premiere of the third and final film in the Kenshin trilogy, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. This sword-fighting epic finds its hero, Kenshin, battling an army that attempts to take over Japan.
The festival continues the next day with Kakekomi, which concerns a Buddhist convent known as a ‘divorce temple’ that operated under the Shogunate. Moving to modern times, Maestro! tells a tale of a mysterious conductor who attempts to bring together a failed orchestra. Solomon’s Perjury I: Suspicion is about the aftermath of a child’s suicide that leads to discoveries of bullying in a small town, while the second part of the film Judgment, focuses on the trial that proceeds after the discovery.
The one animated film of the festival, The Case of Hana & Alice, also premieres on Sept. 26. The film is a mystery concerning the smallest murder-mystery in the world. Flying Colors tells the story of an academically-inept student who sets on the once-unthinkable goal of attaining entrance to a prestigious university. The Mourner is an adaptation of a prize-winning novel about a man who attempts to connect love ones with the souls of the dead. Prophecy is a film about cyber-crime, vigilante justice and terror that looks to have substantial similarities to Mr. Robot. That’s It also deals with societal outsiders, this time joining a punk and a prostitute who must escape from the local yakuza.
The films on Sept. 27 include Princess Jellyfish, a modern-day tale of a geeky girl who forms an unlikely relationship with a stunning crossdresser. Deadman Inferno is an action tale that includes revenge, yakuza and zombies. Tag is a surreal tale of a young woman who finds herself trapped in fantastic situations involving death and marriage to a real-life pig. Initiation Love is a love story about a long-distance relationship told from the perspective of both lovers. Forget Me Not tells a supernatural tale of a woman who finds that everyone who meets her forgets her only a few hours later.
The festival closes on Sept. 27 with Ryozu and the Seven Henchmen, which tells the story of several retired yakuza who attempt to return from retirement to form a yakuza hall of fame. All of the films are Japanese language, but include subtitles for English-speaking audiences.
For more information, visit laeigafest.com.