Hotel Chelsea (film)

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Hotel Chelsea
Directed by Jorge Valdés-Iga
Produced by Hiro Masuda
Tokuji Iuchi
Yoishi Kobayashi
Written by Hiro Masuda
Starring Nao Nagasawa
Justin Morck
Hiro Masuda
Sawa Suzuki
Anthony Laurent
Music by Kazushi Miyakoda
Cinematography Corey Eisenstein
Edited by Alphonse du Fleur
Distributed by Ichigo Ichie Films
Ace Deuce Entertainment
Release date
  • May 8, 2009 (2009-05-08)
Running time
74 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Hotel Chelsea is a thriller of 2009. The production traveled to New York for filming at the classic Hotel Chelsea, a place regularly visited by celebrities, after which the film was named.


A newlywed Japanese couple travel to the Hotel Chelsea in New York City to enjoy their honeymoon. One night, the wife finds the lifeless body of her husband and a video containing footage of the brutal murder. A police detective arrives at the scene and tries to reconstruct the events surrounding the mysterious crime.[1]


• Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival (Nov 2, 2009)
Queens International Film Festival (Nov 15, 2009)
• Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (Dec 4, 2009)
- Best Foreign Picture
- Best Actress
• Indie Spirit Film Festival (Apr 23, 2010)[2]
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (Jun 9, 2010)
• Okanagan International Film Festival (Jul 23, 2010)
Rhode Island International Film Festival (Aug 14, 2010)[3]
• Eerie Horror Film Festival (Oct 10, 2010)
• Japan Film Fest Hamburg (May 29, 2011)


Early reviews for Hotel Chelsea at the 2009 Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival drew applause at its premiere. Hotel Chelsea official premiered in Tokyo on May 8, 2009 to critical acclaim and commercial success.[4] In July 2010 was released on DVD.[5] Since March 2011, Hotel Chelsea has been available online for free and it established a long term earthquake and tsunami relief fund for Japan.[6]


  1. ^ "Hotel Chelsea". 12° Japan Film Fest Hamburg. May 22, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2010 Film Schedule". Indie Spirit Film Festival. Apr 23, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Grid Format Schedule" (PDF). Rhode Island International Film Festival. Aug 3, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scratch is Red-Hot in Mexico City for "Hotel Chelsea"". Digital Producer Magazine. Feb 22, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hotel Chelsea - DVD". Amazon. Jul 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ichigo Ichie Films (Mar 4, 2011). "Free Hotel Chelsea Movie for Japan Relief". YouTube. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 

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