The Warped Forest

Settle into your chair and be transported to a place both familiar and alien; where a giant shop-girl can barely fit in her store, there’s a weird green pod in every bedroom, and terrifying wood nymphs provide a heartbroken woman with the anatomically correct fruit everyone seems to covet. In the end we are left, like Alice, with the Red King’s conundrum: are we dreaming them or are they dreaming us?

Hello! Junichi

Katsuhito Ishii (“Funky Forest: The First Contact” and “The Taste of Tea”) takes on the story of Junichi–a timid third grader who can’t muster the courage to return an eraser he borrowed from his secret crush–and turns it into a children’s rock ‘n’ roll comedy. Junichi’s world is turned upside down as apprentice teacher Anna-sensei (Hikari Mitsushima) scraps her lesson plan to show the rambunctious students about life as an adult. With Anna’s unorthodox style, Junichi and his friends are able to gain confidence and pursue their goal of putting on a big concert. Co-directed with Kanoko Kawaguchi and Atsushi Yoshioka, “Hello! Junichi” brings out the kid in adults and lets kids be kids. Boasting Ishii’s signature dance numbers and Yoshiyuki Morishita (the “Japanese Steve Buscemi”) as the band’s homeroom teacher, it’s a unique experience built for future and current movie maniacs.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But “The Bride” lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who wronged her, saving Bill for last.