Liman selected as director honoree for bringing Japanese content to a worldwide audience
Online PR News – 10-August-2014 – Hollywood, California – (Hollywood, CA) August 8th, 2014— Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman will be presented with the Japan Cool Content Contribution (J3C) Award for directing from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles. The 2nd Annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony will be held on September 13, 2014 at the official residence of the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles. The J3C Awards honors Hollywood creators for their use of Japanese content. For the first time, the J3C Awards will be held in conjunction with the LA EigaFest (Japan Film Festival). The 4th Annual LA EigaFest, presented by the Japan Film Society, will be held September 12th - 14th at the Egyptian Theater.
Edge of Tomorrow was adapted from the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Sakurazaka will be a special guest at the award ceremony and LA EigaFest. Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow has been met with critical and commercial success, grossing more than $350 million worldwide. His additional directing credits include Swingers (1996), The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), and Jumper (2008). The recipients of the J3C Producing and Acting Awards will be announced shortly. Last year’s J3C honorees were Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro, Heroes creator Tim Kring, Spirited Away producer John Lasseter, Transformers producer Don Murphy, and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong. Last year’s EigaFest was attended by thousands with notable attendees including Oliver Stone, Ken Wantanabe, and Masi Oka.
The J3C Awards, part of the Japanese Government’s “Cool Japan” initiative, is a perfect opportunity to support the needs of co-production or development of Japanese content in Hollywood. The Japanese Government’s “Cool Japan” initiative seeks to globalize Japan’s creative business exportation and expand the country’s entertainment content opportunities in Hollywood. Prior to the awards ceremony, the organizing sponsors will provide a networking reception opportunity for Japanese entertainment companies who are already aggressively entering the Hollywood market with their American counterparts. Attendees at this year’s award ceremony will include this year’s award honorees, prominent members of Japanese government who are in charge of content policy, Japanese entertainment companies, and U.S. entertainment industry representatives.
JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO’s core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential. While every JETRO office (about 75 offices around the world) focuses on different industries, JETRO Los Angeles has been supporting Japanese film and anime companies for the past 10 years to sell their image products. JETRO Los Angeles also started to support the sale of their content to meet the needs of co-production or development in Hollywood. This new support is based on the “Cool Japan” initiative which Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, installed to increase the globalization of Japan’s creative business exportation. For more info, please go to: www.jetro.go.jp
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry or METI, is a ministry of the Government of Japan. The current Minister is Toshimitsu Motegi. METI has jurisdiction over a broad policy area, including Japanese content policy. For more info, please go to: www.meti.go.jp/english/
About LA EigaFest
LA EigaFest is LA’s premiere Japanese film festival devoted to: showcasing Japanese/Japanese influenced films to an American audience, promoting emerging filmmakers to Hollywood, and enhancing the communication and relationship between US and Japanese film industries. “Eiga” means “film” in Japanese and was included in the festival’s title in the hopes of becoming an iconic Japanese-English term and a symbol of cross-cultural efforts between Japanese and U.S. filmmakers.
About Japan Film Society
The Japan Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote Japanese film and culture in the United States.
It is a network of artists, business people, and film lovers who share an appreciation for the diverse world of Japanese cinema and aspire to showcase the work of Japanese filmmakers and non-Japanese artists inspired by Japanese cinema and culture. Their mission is to help enhance understanding and build relationships between Japan and the United States through film, and to work together with artists, fans, and the public to create positive change in society.