ICAS Event: Film Director Atsushi Ogata: Preview clips and Q&A from new award-winning Comedy "Cast Me If You Can/Wakiyaku Monogatari"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Mita Hall 502/503 (Access)
Atsushi Ogata, Film Director
Robert Dujarric, Director, ICAS
Free. Open to general public.
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Comedy film director Atsushi Ogata will present the first 10 minutes of his new film "Cast Me If You Can/ Wakiyaku Monogatari" (in Japanese with English subtitles), to be released theatrically nation-wide in Japan from October 23rd. Ogata will discuss in detail the content and motivations, reveal the filmmaking process, and answer questions from the audience, all with plenty of wit and humor.

"Cast Me If You Can/ Wakiyaku Monogatari" is a romantic comedy about a perpetual supporting actor who is always marginalized, both at work and in his personal life, until he meets his muse, falls in love and discovers he has to play the lead in his own life. Starring Toru Masuoka, Hiromi Nagasaku, Masahiko Tsugawa and Keiko Matsuzaka, "Cast Me If You Can" has been selected for festivals in Shanghai, Seoul, California, Indiana, New York and India, and has been awarded for its original score and title animation in Los Angeles. Discount advance tickets will be available for purchase after the talk.(http://www.wakiyakuthemovie.com and http://www.facebook.com/wakiyaku)

About the Speaker

Born in Japan, and raised partly in the US, Ogata has worked in Holland, Germany, Japan, and the US as a film director, script-writer, video artist, and actor. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Eternally Your”, Ogata’s latest short film, was selected for the prestigious New Directors/New Films Festival 2007 in New York at the MoMA and the Lincoln Center. It won Film Awards at the Bangkok, Moondance, and Boston International Film Festival, and has been screened at numerous international festivals in Berlin, Sao Paolo, Los Angeles and others. Cast Me If You Can is his feature film debut.

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