This year’s festival was truly legendary. The advanced screening took place on Sept. 28th at NYU Cantor, and spread over two weeks, located at Tribeca Cinemas and Anthology Film Archives, the NYTFGP2008 Festival Part One kicked off without a hitch. New Yorkers, interested by the wide spectrum of genres, talent, and creativity came to enjoy the spectacular showcase of Japanese cinema. For now, take a look at the jump and relive some of the experiences, and otherwise keep your eyes and ears tuned for Part Two coming later this year!By NYT. For CORAZON DE MELON, the lead actor’s big US fan community voted and brought it to the NYTFGP2008. It proved that as long as there is demand in the US, Japan will supply.For ASYL: PARK AND LOVE HOTEL, Director Kumasaka’s guest appearance attracted many press and industry at our festival downtown, while the prestigious NY Film Festival was happening uptown.Prior to THE CHASING WORLD premiere, we organized our own GAME TAG fitting with the movie’s theme. This idea even attracted the NY Times, and participants from the game came to the screening, filling the theater with younger audiences.DEATH OF DOMOMATA, quoted as “a film by the craziest Japanese director” by Oku himself, was premiered with his video message. Afterwards, the film left a “want to learn more” impression.GENIUS PARTY showed wide popularity in anime, making the theater on Sunday afternoon full. A creator heavy audience came, including several figures of US Anime history such as ANN founder.The documentary film 77BOADRUM, publicized most heavily, made two screenings, with the presence of Director Kawaguchi and 33 out of 77 drummers. The screening was followed by a party.The BLOODY SNAKE UNDER THE SUN premiere featured lead actor Shogen and Producer Yamashita. Despite the sensitive issue which the film has, the screening and cocktail reception was warm.The finale of the Festival appropriately ended with a heartwarming KAMACHOP, with appearance by Director Matsumoto and the actors who stayed in NY for 10 days, promoting the film themselves.Thank you all very much for coming and supporting the NYTFGP2008 Festival Part One!