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PR: Mamoru Osii's Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters USA premiere

January 25, 2007

Mamoru Oshii’s “Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters”
(original title: Tachiguishi Retsuden) will receive its USA premiere at
Film Comment Selects 2007, the film series organized by the Film Society
of Lincoln Center from February 14 to 27, 2007 in New York City.

Screening schedule:
Date: February 23, 2007 (Fri)
Time: 08:30 pm
Place: The Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Upper level

Date: February 25, 2007 (Sun)
Time: 01:00 pm
Place: The Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Upper level

(Screening dates may changes. Please refer to
Film Comment Selects 2007 official website: www.filmlinc.com)

Film Comment Selects presents films championed by the writers and
editors of Film Comment magazine, published by The Film Society of
Lincoln Center. The eighth edition of Film Comment magazine’s ever
eclectic and adventurous showcase offers a wide assortment of previews,
discoveries and rediscoveries, many of them New York, if not U.S.
premieres. Considered USA’s most respected cinematic journal, Film
Comment magazine features the best writing around on new international
and American cinema.

On “Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters,” Film
Comment’s European editor Olaf Moller wrote: “It fits no category…
Absurdly funny, at times tragic, and continuously eye-popping, it’s an
epic, voiceover-loaded social history of postwar Japan told through the
eyes of a criminal clan.Honest-to-God masterpiece of mad invention.”

Also known for two world-class film events, the New York Film Festival
and New Directors/New Films, The Film Society of Lincoln Center was
founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to
recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness,
accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse
film going audience.

The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of
the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic
trends and discoveries.

“Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters” retells Japan’s
history from 1945 to our days through the feats of self-proclaimed dine
and dash professionals ?the Fast Food Grifters. They are phantoms that
rise and fall with Japan’s shifting diet-styles, dissenting heroes who
carved their names on the dark side of dietary culture with their glare.
And now their legend revives, strong than ever!

The movie, in a mockumentary style, has received particular attention
for the revolutionary visual technique adopted, called “superlivemation,”
in which real people still photos are first digitalized and then
computer-animated. The extraordinary cast includes Toshio Suzuki (Studio
Ghibli’s producer), Kenji Kamiyama (“Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone
Complex” director), Shoji Kawamori (“Macross” and “Aquarion” director),
and Shinji Higuchi (“Lorelei” and “Sinking of Japan” director). The
music score is written by Oshii’s most trusted composer, Kenji Kawai
(“Ghost in the Shell”, “Innocence”), who is also playing a role in the
movie.

Mamoru Oshii (Tokyo on August 8, 1951) is one of the most remarkable
personalities in modern Japanese filmmaking. He introduced introspective
philosophical speculation into the world of animation, while influencing
Hollywood creators with his visionary style. His main works are the
epoch-making “Ghost in the Shell” (1995, N. 1 in Billboard Top Video
Sales Chart), “Innocence” (2004, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the
Festival de Cannes) and the live-action “Avalon” (2001). His latest
directorial effort, “Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food
Grifters” (2006), based on his own novel, had its international premiere
at the 63rd Venice Film Festival.

Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Production I.G is one of the
world’s leading animation studios. With its cutting-edge works, such as
“Ghost in the Shell” (1995), “Jin-Roh” (2000), “Blood: The Last Vampire”
(2000), “Kill Bill: Vol. 1″ (animation segment, 2003) and “Innocence”
(2004), I.G has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring
Hollywood creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the
Wachowski brothers. Official Website: http://www.production-ig.com

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