New People Continues Disaster Recovery Fundraising Efforts with New Film Series

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The cast of "Linda Linda Linda."

SAN FRANCISCO — New People, the nation’s only entertainment complex dedicated to Japanese popular culture, continues to drive Bay Area fundraising efforts for ongoing Japanese disaster relief and reconstruction.

The venue has announced the kick-off off a summer-long series of monthly benefit film screenings that launches on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. with the critically acclaimed teenage rock-and-roll drama “Linda Linda Linda.”

Suggested donation is $10. Tickets and more information are available at http://www.newpeopleworld.com/films. New People is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown at 1746 Post St.

All net proceeds will be donated to Earth Day Tokyo Tower, whose volunteer center began its activities in response to tremendous tsunami and earthquake devastation that ravaged northeastern Japan on March 11. The group sends organized groups of volunteers into devastated areas to assist with clean-up, make food, hold events for children, sets up food courts, and more.

“Linda Linda Linda” was directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita and follows an all-girl high school rock band after an untimely break-up. Only three days before their high school festival, guitarist Kei (Yu Kashii), drummer Kyoto (Aki Maeda of “Battle Royale”), and bassist Nozumi (Shiori Sekine) must recruit a new lead vocalist for their band. They choose Korean exchange student Son (Doona Bae of “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”), even though her comprehension of Japanese is a bit rough.

It’s a race against time as the group struggles to learn three tunes for the festival’s rock concert — including a classic ’80s punk-pop song by the famous Japanese group The Blue Hearts called “Linda Linda.” The film offers a soundtrack by ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and a cameo by punk rock legends The Ramones. It is also available on DVD from New People Entertainment.

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