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Michel Gondry | Photo courtesy of wv via flickr

Japanophiles unite! This week marks not one, but two free previews of Tokyo!, a new anthology work featuring contributions from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), Bong Joon-ho (monster-masterpiece The Host) & Leos Carax (The Lovers On The Bridge). Opening later this month at the Nuart, use these screenings to get the jump on your otaku buddies & save a few bucks along the way. For the purists, perplexed by the lack of a single Japanese name amidst that trio, take heart in LACMA's premiere of Tokyo Sonata, featuring the writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) as special guest, or any of a number of programs featuring experimental video artist Takahiko Iimura.

There's also a nice amount of Germania to be found across town. The Hammer pairs two of Herzog's more recent works that play off his sly, cynical exploration of nature & chaos. The Silent Movie Theatre sports a fetching presentation of German Expressionist horror The Haunted Castle, and the Goethe-Institut has a number of historical films, including a new documentary on the real-life Valkyrie players. But if that last image just makes you uber-laugh, you can distill the seriousness of it all through the Bronx, a healthy dose of Jewish humor, and pay tribute to writer/director Carl Reiner in his "The One And Only Carl Reiner" series at the Aero.