AX Cinema Nights brings passionate fans together for immersive community experiences. Presented by Anime Expo®, the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America, and Iconic Events Releasing, a company specializing in distributing special engagement theatrical events to theatres, AX Cinema Nights is a year-round movie event series celebrating the best new and classic anime films by bringing them to theaters across North America. It provides the passionate fan community with unforgettable experiences beyond the annual Anime Expo.
Anime Expo Cinema Nights invites you to revisit PERFECT BLUE, the groundbreaking and rarely screened first film from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Paranoia Agent), as it returns to theatres for its 25th anniversary. Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go… Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time.
Celebrated films will include a Satoshi Kon Film Festival that will screen 3 of the legendary Director’s most renowned anime feature films as well as special presentations of GHOST IN THE SHELL and COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE. Both subtitled and dubbed screenings are scheduled.
PERFECT BLUE 25th ANNIVERSARY – Presented in partnership with GKIDS
Screens Sept. 6th (sub), Sept. 7th (dub), Sept. 10th (encore of choice)
GHOST IN THE SHELL – (Lionsgate)
Screens Nov. 8th (sub), Nov. 9th (sub), Nov. 12th (encore of choice)
TOKYO GODFATHERS 20th ANNIVERSARY (Sony Pictures)
Screens Dec. 11th (sub), Dec. 12th (sub), Dec. 13th (encore of choice)
PAPRIKA (Sony Pictures Classics)
Screens Jan. 21st (sub), Jan. 22nd (sub), Jan 23rd (encore of choice)
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (Sony Pictures)
Screens in Feb. 7th (sub), Feb. 8th (sub), Feb. 11th (encore of choice)