Rurouni Kenshin was a manga and anime series (with a few video games thrown into the mix). The film was a summer hit in Japan. The director, Keishi Otomo, will attend the premiere and opening red carpet ceremony. In addition to Rurouni Kenshin, the 2012 line up features a selection of recent films out of Japan including The Floating Castle, Thermae Romae, Helter Skelter, Kirishima Thing, Rakugo Eiga and Wolf Children. Finally, a screening of four selected short films will be presented in collaboration with the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. The LA EigaFest 2012 will be held in conjunction with the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from Friday December 14th through Sunday December 16th 2012.
“Eiga” which means “Film” in Japanese, was chosen to be included in the name of the film festival in hope that this would become an iconic Japanese-English term and a symbol of the world of Japanese cinema.