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The Shinsedai Cinema Festival is very proud to announce our 2012 opening night film -- Yu Irie's 2011 irreverent rock comic/ drama Ringing in Their Ears. Directed by award-winning indie phenome Yu Irie (8000 Miles) the film follows real-life rockers Shinsei Kamattechan as they go from indie stardom to a major label commodity. Interwoven into their struggle to stay true to their music are the fictional lives of some of their most unusual fans.

Fumi Nikaido (winner, along with Shota Sometani, of the 2011 Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor and actress at the Venice Film Festival) stars as Michiko, a girl who is torn between becoming a professional shogi (Japanese chess) player and the love of her high school sweetheart, who incidentally introduces her to the music of Shinsei Kamattechan. Then there is single mother Kaori, played by Kurumi Morishita, who can't seem to separate her young son from his laptop. It turns out he is obsessed with Shinsei Kamattechan and its eccentric lead singer Noko, but his love for the band may result in him being expelled, and his mother losing her job as an exotic pole dancer. During all this Shinsei Kamattechan's manager must find a way to navigate the corporate waters of the music industry so that his band can maintain their integrity and their rabid fan base.

Ringing in their Ears will screen at The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Ave.) on Thursday, July 12th at 7:00PM. We are proud to co-present this film with Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies, Celebrating 10th Year of Asian Heritage Month

Tickets and passes for the 2012 Shinsedai Cinema Festival go on sale June 21st.

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