The founders of my two favourite resources for everything and anything about Japanese cinema have birthed a festival love-child, and considering the genes, this baby will be amazing. If you live near Toronto, then I envy you.
Shinsedai (literally “new generation”) promises only the choicest and freshest in current Japanese cinema. A sample from their website to whet the Japanocinemaphile’s appetite:
For four days between July 22nd and July 25th the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will be host to everything from insightful dramas, quirky comedies, hard-hitting documentaries, experimental shorts, and beyond. The Shinsedai Cinema Festival will have something for everyone this summer.
Chris Magee, founder of Toronto J-Film Powwow and Jasper Sharp, co-founder of Midnight Eye are like the twin pillars of 日本映画. I don’t take a step toward getting a new film without consulting them first – and you would be hard pressed to think up a film, actor, or director that they haven’t covered.