One of the big events coming up for us in November is a trip to two cities in Australia for Sushi Typhoon-related events organized by our Oz licensor, the fabulous Monster Pictures. Even though most of the Sushi Typhoon films have been sold to Australia (and Monster also owns the rights to their films in the UK), we rarely participate in events there, simply because it’s so far from both Japan and the U.S., places where we’re based as a company.
That’s all changed, due to the tireless efforts of Monster‘s manager Neil Foley. And so, on November 3rd, HELLDRIVER director Yoshihiro Nishimura and Sushi Typhoon USA rep Marc Walkow will travel first to to the beautiful port city of Brisbane, where they’ll participate in both the Brisbane International Film Festival (which will screen HELLDRIVER on November 4th) and the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, a gigantic comic and fan convention where Nishimura will appear as a guest.
Then, Nishimura and Marc will travel south to Melbourne, where a terrific film festival is being organized by Monster and other partners. It’s the Fantastic Asia Film Festival, running from Nov. 10th – 13th, and they’ll be screening the best in transgressive, over-the-top and just plain crazy cinema from all over Asia. Fantastic Asia will host Nishimura and HELLDRIVER as their Opening Night Film, followed by what promises to be an insane party, and continues through the weekend with screenings of Sushi Typhoon’s DEADBALL, KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR and YAKUZA WEAPON, as well as films featuring Sushi talent like actress Asami, who gets an afternoon devoted just to her with shows of EROTIBOT and YAKUZA HUNTERS. Asami also appears in Noboru Iguchi’s ZOMBIE ASS, screening at FAFF, and Iguchi is further represented with TOMIE: UNLIMITED. Sushi Typhoon director Sion Sono’s GUILTY OF ROMANCE will screen, as well as Korean films, HK and Chinese films and more! It’s an amazing event and we’re happy to be a part of it, on what marks the first trip to Australia for all of us involved. We can’t wait to get there, and hope to see some of you Down Under.