Newport Beach Film Festival - Japanese Spotlight April 30th

We've sponsored the Japanese Spotlight for years and this years event is coming up on Monday April 30th. All of the info is below! 


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 Festival to Present US Premiere of ‘3 Ft. Ball and Souls’

Followed by Pacific Rim Gala Celebration


Newport Beach, Calif. (April 2018) – On Monday, April 30th 2018, the 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales will present its Japanese Spotlight, an evening celebration of Japanese cinema and culture. The event will feature the US Premiere of the award winning film, 3 Ft. Ball and Souls (Sanjakudama), followed by a festive Pacific Rim Gala.

The dark comedy 3 Ft. Ball and Souls (Sanjakudama)  follows four members of an internet suicide room called Life Club who plan to end their lives using explosives. Their plans are foiled when they become stuck in a time loop that sets them back after each attempt, and the group must figure out how to break the system and engage with life. 3 Ft. Ball and Souls (Sanjakudama) is directed by Yoshio Kato and stars Honoka Murakami, Minehiro Kinomoto, Shinobu Tsuji, and Kanji Tsuda.

            “The Festival continues a proud tradition of presenting the very best in Japanese Cinema. 3 Ft. Ball and Souls (Sanjakudama) is a captivating film.” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The Japanese Spotlight film will screen on Monday, April 30th 2018 at 8:00pm at The Triangle Starlight Cinemas  (1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627). Following the screening, the Festival will host its annual Pacific Rim Gala at Time Nightclub (1875 Newport Blvd. B245 Costa Mesa, CA 92627) starting at 9:30pm. The evening will feature hosted bars by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, signature tastings by top Orange County restaurants, multiple DJs and live entertainment. Admission to the Japanese Spotlight Film and Pacific Rim Gala is $45. Admission to Pacific Rim Gala Only is $25 / Film screening Only is $20. The minimum age for attendees is 21 years old.

The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Japanese Spotlight is supported by Japan Film Society, Cultural News, Japan Daily Sun, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Japanese American Citizens League, Giant Robot Media, Kore - Asian Media, Asian Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

            In celebration of Japanese culinary traditions, the Festival will host the Orange County premiere of Ramen Heads (directed by Koki Shigeno). The documentary follows Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen as he takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. Presented as part of the NBFF’s new Culinary Film Series, Ramen Heads will screen on Monday, April 30 at 5:15pm at The Triangle. Admission to Ramen Heads is $15.


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About The Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 26 - May 3  and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world. The Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales, is sponsored in part by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Karma Automotive, Fashion Island, Compass Real Estate and the City of Newport Beach.



Festival Contact

Cory Ransom

Quartararo & Associates (Q&A)


(818) 497-7750


Japanese Spotlight Event Contact:

Name: Breanna Lanning  


Phone: (760) 484-2368