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ImaginAsian Center Makes Its Main Street Debut

By Ed Fuentes and Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, December 02, 2007, at 09:21AM
Ribbon Cutting Ed Fuentes

Last night brought the ImaginAsian Center's Main street debut as a nearly full house turned out for the venue's introduction and ribbon-cutting. Elected officials and their representatives congratulated ImaginAsian President J. Edward Lee and Cinema Properties' President Sue Ann Kirst on bringing a modern movie house to the heart of Downtown.

In a very real way the ImaginAsian Center is a throwback to Hollywood days of old, when the studios controlled all three phases of moviemaking. Downtown was home to the United Artists theater on Broadway and the Warner theater on Hill, both opened to play content produced by their respective production arms. When asked if this was coincidence or strategy, ImaginAsian's Lee replied that these consolidated operations are the direction of today's market.

Though the venue doesn't hold its official opening until Friday's presentation of Midnight Eagle, Downtowners can get inside starting today, with the kickoff of the Fuji Television Movie Series. Shows run tonight through Thursday, and all are free to the public.

Photos by Ed Fuentes. More shots can be found in this set from the event.

Film listings for the Fuji Television Movie Series:

Shows begin at 7:00pm (doors at 6:30pm). All films have English subtitles. All descriptions from a flyer handed out last night.

Dec 2 - "Antarctica"

Tells the story of 15 dogs left behind by a scientific expedition in severe weather conditions for nearly one year in Antarctica. One of the dog handlers returns to bury his beloved dogs, only to be greeted, on his arrival, by two dogs, Taro and Jiro, so somehow managed to survive such an unpredictable climate.

Dec 3 - "Suite Dreams

The plot involves numerous characters, the different problems or situations they face in the run-up to midnight, and the ways that these different storylines interact and are resolved.

Dec 4 - "Umizaru2 Limit of Love"

Search and rescue diver Daisuke Sanzaki finds himself in a life-or-death rescue situation that not only tests his will and physical limits, but forces him to come to terms with personal issues of love, trust and redemption.

Dec 5 - "Waterboys"

A beautiful new swimming teacher starts work at a rural high school. Dozens of boys decide to join the swimming team, but when they realize that she teaches synchronized swimming all but five of them drop out. The teacher soon leaves work on maternity leave. However, when Suzuki watches a dolphin show he decides to ask the dolphin trainer to be their coach.

Dec 6 - "Bayside Shakedown 2"

Wangan Police Station now has its hands full with all manner of tourist related issues when a string of murders of company execs begins taking place. Will Aoshima be able to fight through the red tape of police bureaucracy in time to stop the killer before he strikes again?

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