It's always nice when you mention events before the press release is sent out, as we did with the Japanese Animation: Manga to Miyazaki season at the National Film Theatre.
The films selected are all a real treat, and anime who can get to London are spoilt for choice this August, Satoshi Kon's work is great and almost everyone would have heard about Hayao Miyazaki's superb films.
The Otaku News Crew will be attending a few of the screenings too, so if you see us (and know what we look like ^_-) don't be afraid to come up to us and say hello!
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Makoto Shinkai will be in London on August 12th to attend a screening of Voices of a Distant Star and She and Her cat at the NFT, which will be followed by a talk by the creator himself. VODS was animated, written and directed by Shinkai himself. We highly recommend it. For those who can’t make it the DVD is still available from ADV UK.
More information on the screening can be found on the NFT website . As we previously reported the NFT are screening several other anime as part of an anime season. For more information on the film click read more for the ADV Films UK press release.
UK-Anime.net have spotted that Toonami are airing several Dragon Ball (as opposed to DBZ) movies on their Friday 4pm slot. These are:
5th of August - Sleeping Beauty in Devil Castle
12th of August - Mystical Adventure
19th of August - Four Star Dragon Ball is the Proof of Courage
The following week the 26th of August will repeat the DBZ movie Fight! 10 Billion Power Warriors.
Category > Anime
According to Mainichi Daily News, Seiji Mizushima the director of the animated movie based on the hit Japanese comic "Full Metal Alchemist" urged filmgoers to get their teeth into the flick and make the movie possibly a great hit.Azure
It was inevitable someone would make a big budget Transformers film, especially with the climate for anime inspired films. Rumours have been floating around for some time but Spielberg has finally confirmed the project and released some details. The film will be directed by Michael Bray with Spielberg as executive producer. The official website Transformers Live has a video up of Spielberg talking about his plans for the film, as well as various other film updates.
Souce: Transformers LiveJoe
According to BBC News, the British Film Institute have complied a list of films that every child should have watched by the age of 14.
The list was put together with help from the public and is intended to spark debate about what children should watch.
Unsurprisingly, The Wizard of Oz, ET and Toy Story are listed, but it also seems that BFI (or perhaps the public in general) know what they're talking about by suggesting Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's tale of a girl drawn into a world of magic after her parents pig out on forbidden food.
The BFI selected 50 films and eventually whittled them down to 10.
Souce: BBC NewsJoe
FilmFour have teamed up with Somerset House "to create a night at the movies like no other". They mention the "cutting edge technology and the splendour of the 18th century courtyard" and rightly so.
On Thursday 18th August, 6:30pm they'll be screening Studio Ghibli's superb Spirited Away, the only Japanese anime film to have won an Oscar. Tickets cost £12.50, with all phone and web bookings carrying an £1.75 charge per booking (not per ticket). As of yet it's not clear if the screening will be subbed or dubbed, but we will chase it up and post more details as soon as we find out.
If you haven't seen Spirited Away on a cinema screen yet, the Otaku News Crew highly recommend it.
Souce: Somerset HouseDavie
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Category > Freaky Things
Yahoo News Japan recently stated rumours of Princess Diana's ghost seen in the British movie Creep (also known as 0-34 in Japan). This rumour has been circling around Japan for a few weeks, though fans in the West have yet to say anything (after some site searching). Out of curiousity, I think I'll have to watch the movie over again...
The particular scene, was apparently shot near the location of Princess Diana's funeral in September, 1997.
Souce: Yahoo! News JapanJoe
To remind our readers about the UK 8th July release of Sky Blue (the English name for Korean animation Wonderful Days), we're hosting a little eCard for you to feast your eyes on.Davie
Category > Anime
The new live-action film Initial D opened last weekend in five Asian Markets and was number one in three of them. In Hong Kong it was shown on 99 screens, China-450 screens and Malaysia.
Based on the Japanese manga, Initial D began shooting on the 2nd June 2004 and it was directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, who also co-directed Infernal Affairs. The film was shot in locations in China and Japan and features Edison Chen as Takumi, the delivery boy who becomes a street racing legend.
Initial D was also the top Chinese-Language film in Taiwan and Singapore and was the top opening of the year in all three markets. No word was said yet on the U.S release and its Japanese Release is scheduled for September.
This summer is a great time to see some big name anime at UK film festivals. There’s the Cambridge Film Festival which is showing among others; Howl’s Moving Castle, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Steamboy. The NFT will also be having a Japanese animation season, no details are on the site but it’s rumoured that they are scheduling a number of Ghibli films. Neo Magazine is also running a competition in it’s current issue to win tickets to Sky Blue.
Souce: Otaku NewsDavie
Category > Anime
According to Anime News Network, chinese director Jeff Lau is planning to produce a film based on Leiji Matsumoto’s Galaxy Express 999 manga. The film will be titled "Galaxy Princess" and it will be a loose adaptation of the actual manga. It will star Sammo Hung, Gordon Liu, Yuen Wah, Bruce Leung, Stephen Fung, Gillian Chung and, Charlene Choi. The Live-Action is scheduled to be released early next year and production will start this coming August.
Souce: Anime News NetworkJeremy
Category > Anime
Bad news for anime and action film fans. Anime News Network, on a report from "Hollywood Reporter", has announced that the live action film adaptation of "Battle Angel", to be directed by Hollywood heavy-hitter James Cameron, may be delayed. The only reason being given by Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment at this time is that the story’s script is proving difficult to adapt. Despite rumors to the contrary, there has been no mention of any potential to cancel the project.Davie
Category > Anime
Gonzo has announced that GINIRO NO KAMI NO AGITO (Agito with Silver Hair) will be released New Years 2006.
The wasteland that Agito lives in is 300 years in the future. Failed DNA manipulation experiments have lead to a state of aggression between the "forest" and humans. One day, Agito meets Tula, a girl from the past. It is up to Tula to restore civilization, and to help her, Agito makes a contract with the "forest," obtaining forbidden powers. With his newfound powers, Agito's hair has become silver - where will Tula's "mission" and Agito's forbidden power take the story?
This is the first original full-length feature film by Gonzo and the trailer can be seen on Gonzo’s official website: http://www.gin-iro.jp
Category > Anime
The Highlander is back. And this time, he’s anime. Anime News Network announced that a 43-second trailer for a new anime film based on the cult sci-fi classic is available at Highlander-official.com. The 80-minute film, entitled "Highlander: Vengeance", is animated by Madhouse and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It is expected to come out in spring of 2006.Davie
Category > Anime
According to Anime News Service, the second Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta film "Lovers", will be released in theatres across Japan on Saturday October 29th. Advance tickets have already began selling and the number of theaters selling such tickets has increased after the proven success of the first movie.
Souce: Anime News ServiceAzure
The British Film Institute will be showing Kung Fu Hustle and The Cat Returns. Kung Fu Hustle is showing on the 7th of June, whilst Cat Returns is showing on the 25th and 26th of June.
Naussicaa.net have posted a new interview with Cindy and Don Hewitt discussing their part in the studio Ghibli dubs. It’s an interesting read and explains decissions the couple have made such as adding extra lines to the end of Spirited Away. It also contains news of previously unreleased films such as Pompoko. The article is insightful and infuriating in equal measure.
Toonami will be premiering five of the Dragon Ball Z movies half term week (30th May-Friday 3rd June) on Toonami. A new movie will show each day at 11am and 6pm. However looking at the titles I have my suspicions that some of them may be the same dubs are were released in UK and not the Ocean/FUNimation casts from the US DVDs.Joe
We've just received some very exciting news about Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, which will be previewing Howl's Moving Castle. It's the long awaited latest movie from Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, who is also responsible for Spirited Away (the first anime film to have won an Oscar).
They'll also be showing anime musical Interstella 5555, with music from Daft Punk, it's directed by Leiji Matsumoto & Kazuhisa Takenôchi, and has the distinctive Matsumoto character designs, even if they are blue aliens instead of humans! The convention are even screening Appleseed, a CGI movie based on the popular manga by Masamune Shirow (who is best known for Ghost In The Shell).
It appears that the event coordinator David 'Dragon' Cotterill has been a busy man, not only has he helped to secure the film screenings, but he has also managed to get leading anime experts like Jonathan Clements (co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia and the Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama since 1953), to step onboard to run panels and discussions.
The Otaku News Crew are pleased to report that this makes the convention worth while for anime fans, since the film line up is interesting, and being the first to see Howl's Moving Castle in the UK makes it worth the visit alone! It's also refreshing to see that they've got established and experienced anime experts who actually know what they are talking about, more recently we've noticed that there are quite self declared experts appearing at smaller events who have only really got into anime because it's "cool", in reality such people jumping on the bandwagon know little and often turn events into disasters. We've seen Jonathan at previous events and found him to be entertaining and informative.
Category > Anime
A new Rock Musical based on the popular Anime Series Bleach by Taito Kubo will be launched later this summer. Takuya Hiramitsu known for directing the Hunter x Hunter series and Morning Museme Musicals will take care of directing this project.Davie
Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated film Howl's Moving Castle, is set to debut in the US on June 10th in L.A, New York and San Francisco and is set to expand to 60 cities by June 17th. Howl's Moving Castle was released nearly a year ago in Japan, bringing in $100 million at the box office.Azure
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Sky Blue aka Wonderful days is showing as part of the Raindance: East film festival, and will be screened on Friday 22nd April at the UGC West India Quay and Wednesday 27th April at Genesis Mile End. Also showing which may interest fans of Asian film is 'Red trousers' which stars Mortal Kombat’s Robin Shou, and ‘THREE...EXTREMES’ (24th April) which features films by Takashi Miike,Fruit Chan & Park Chan-Wook. Films can be booked independently or a pass can be bought for £25
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The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, London UK, have teamed up with Hope and Homes for Children, to screen Tokyo Godfathers. Considering the movie is about three homeless people finding an abandonded baby, it could not be a more appropirate choice for the charity! This Sataoshi Kon film is a superb comedy, with great animation and one you must see at least once on the big screen.
They'll be screening the Japanese version of the film with English subtitles on Sunday April 24th, at 11am. Tickets will be £7 and £5 for concessions. The film is rated 12. If you can get to East Finchley to see it then give the box office a ring on 020 8444 6789 and mention you heard about the screening on Otaku News too! ^_-
Souce: Hope and Homes for ChildrenJoe
Otaku News have been sent details from Optimum Releasing for the UK release of The Cat Returns. The Ghibli film will have a theatrical run in June. The exact release date and details are still to be confirmed. They will also be releasing Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle in UK cinemas later this year with several more Ghibli titles on DVD.
Otaku News will keep you updated with further information when we have it!
Souce: Optimum ReleasingJoe
Nausicaa.net have discovered from "sources close to Disney" that Nausicaa will receive a small scale US theatrical release this summer. Ghibli films always look great on the big screen and we highly recommend that our US readers catch this move when it does get released!
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Here at Otaku News we love working with people to provide you with free stuff. We've teamed up with the people organising the London Australian Film Festival to give our London readers a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see the first Japanese Road Movie in Australia - Bondi Nami.Joe
For our lucky UK readers we've got a pair of tickets for each leg of the Sci-Fi-London Anime On Tour event around the country. They'll be showing an anime all nighter, which includes Parasite Dolls and RahXephon. Read the rest of this article for full details.Joe
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Following on from the successful Sci-Fi-London Festival at the beginning of this month, the UK's only international sci-fi and fantasy film festival will be on tour throughout February and March.
Lucky otaku in Edinburgh, Liverpool, York and Exeter will get a chance to see the anime all nighter which includes Parasite Dolls and the RahXephon Movie.
Variety is reporting that Disney is aiming to make a live action version of ‘Kiki’s delivery service’ to be directed by Jeff Stockwell. It’s unclear if the film will be a remake of the classic Miyazaki animation, or will be more closely related to the books by Eiko Kadano that they were based on.
It’s a move which makes financial sense for Disney, both Harry Potter and anime are popular at the moment. They obviously hope to cash in on both trends. What remains to be seen is if Disney can live up to the name.
Souce: Aint it Cool NewsAzure
Optimum Releasing has released further information on the UK theatrical releases of the Ghibli films " The Cat Returns" and "Howl’s moving Castle". The Cat Returns will be released in May as both dub and sub. Six other films will then be released culminating with the latest Ghibli film Howl’s Moving Castle in autumn. These films were designed to be big screen, so we recommended you take the chance to catch a few if you can!
Souce: Neo MagazineJoe
Following our previous story about Ghost In The Shell 2 being eligible for an Oscar, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the three nominees for animated feature film, which are The Incredibles, Shark Tale and Shrek 2, so Ghost In The Shell 2 : Innocence is not in the running. Dreamsworks also released Shrek 2 and Sharks Tale along with Ghost In The Shell 2, so they've got their fair share of nominations! The Otaku News Crew wonder if the lack of a dubbed version put board members off the only anime film eligible this year.
London tickets sales for Steamboy at the Curzon Cinema on February 5th have sold out already! So the organisers have arranged for an extra screening on Thursday 3rd February at 11pm. Steamboy is being screened as part of the Sci-Fi-London Festival. The Otaku News crew hope that more screenings of the film will be scheduled for London soon, lots of people really want to see Steamboy and since the film is set in London it deserves a bigger screening in it's home city.
Lucky otaku who can get to London in the first weekend of February are in for a real treat. The Sci-Fi-London event will be running an anime all nighter with support from Redbull and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (make mine Chocolate Fudge Brownie) and with free Tea and Coffee everyone's sure to stay awake from the midnight starting time until 9:30 am the next day!
They'll be screening:
- Lady Death
- Parasite Dolls
- Sky Blue (a Korean animation also known as Wonderful Days)
- RahXephon The Movie.
We suggest that hardcore otaku go to the London Anime Club afterwards for a total weekend of anime!
The New Yorker have just put up an interesting Q and A article where Margaret Talbot speaks about meeting Hayao Miyazaki, the famed founder and main director at Studio Ghibli responsible for some of the most popular and loved anime including Totoro and Spirited Away. The article highlights Miyazaki's reputation as a workaholic -
"Yasuo Ohtsuka, an animator who has worked with him on several projects, said that he always figured that Miyazaki thought he would die if he stopped working."
It also goes on to talk about the Ghibli Museum and other details about Miyazaki.
Souce: The New YorkerAzure
Category > Art
Skwigly magazine have an interesting article about C.H.A.S.E, the group behind the IMAF festival. It details a little more about the group's ambitious aims in the international anime industry, as well as talking to Dr Andre Singer the Creative Director of Chase.
The folks at Geneon have sent us the details of their Theatrical release of the new Appleseed Movie. Based on the manga by Shirow Masamune (Ghost In the Shell, Dominon Tank Police to name a few). They're marketing it as "3D Live Anime", an usual title for a CG movie. It's certainlly in the anime style, but many fans are divided and a few think it looks like a long cut scene from a PlayStation 2 game, others think it's superb. The Otaku News Crew can't comment yet, since we haven't seen it.
US fans can catch it from January 14th a full list of cinemas screening the movie can be found on the Offical Appleseed Movie Website.
Category > Fandom
The end of 2004 marked the end of another year, and it also marked another landmark for anime fandom, the most accurate and complete dedicated unofficial resource for Studio Ghibli fans - The Miyazaki Web celebrates it's 10th Birthday on December 31st 2004.
The site is really better known as a part of Nausicaa.net and has often been mistaken as the Official Studio Ghibli Website, because of it's professional finish and level of detail. Many have used it for research on Studio Ghibli and it's founder Oscar winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The Miyazaki web is more than a website it also has it's own mailing list, the Miyazaki Mailing List, which has grown steadily each year for the last 13 years, the majority of it's subscribers are American, but for a first time the UK is now the second most subscribed country, beating Japan to third place.
Here's wishing the Miyazaki Web a Happy Birthday, and good luck with the next 10 years!
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We at Otaku News are offering our readers in L.A. (in the USA of course ^_-) a chance to attend the Sky Blue Screenings. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away!
OK, we know it's Korean animation and not Japanese anime, but Koreans have been doing inbetweening and other outsourcing for the Japanese animation industry for years now.
The keen eyed people at Anime-Europe have noticed that Sci-Fi-London will be screening Katsuhiro Otomo's latest anime film Steamboy. The festival will run in February 2005 and has screened anime with great success in previous years.
The folks over at Anime UK News have also discovered that the latest issue (December 2004) of Impact Magazine has a Steamboy Cover, along with features on Steamboy and Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence.
Every otaku should already know Katsuhiro Otomo wrote the classic manga Akira and directed the huge smash hit anime version. Steamboy is a steampunk movie set in London just before the First World Expo in 1851.
Apart from being very high quality anime, it is noted for having authentic looking locations around London, with British bobbies on the beat and other landmarks, which makes a change from seeing Tokyo landmarks all the time in anime! ^_-
We've just heard from Go Fish Pictures that Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence has grossed an estimated $1,011,000 USD to date. According to Go Fish, this makes it the top grossing anime movie ever on a limited release with less than 100 screens, and the number 7 anime film in history.Azure
Yet more Howl news as a UK release is announced . Optimum Releasing have confirmed they have the rights to distribute Howl in the UK. An exact date has yet to be confirmed, as they have to wait for the English soundtrack to be finished.Azure
Howl's Moving Castle is setting records after making 1.5 billion yen in it's opening two days. That's approximately 1.1. million admissions. It's distributor in Japan Toho, is expecting 40 million people in total to see it; that's one third of the population of Japan.Joe
The Daily Yomiuri On-line have posted an excellent interview in English with Toshio Suzuki, previously the editor of Animage and has been working with Studio Ghibli since 1984 and produced every Studio Ghibli film after 1989. He has also produced Production I.G's Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence. Mr Suzuki (an incredibly nice guy) gives insight in to what it's like working at Studio Ghibli and some of Hayao Miyazaki's creative ideas.
Souce: Daily Yomiuri On-LineJoe
According to the Yomiuri On-line Newspaper Studio Ghibli have announced that their latest film Howl's Moving Castle will be released in Korea on December 24th and then in France, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It will be released in about 50 countries. Regarding the US release, Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki says that he has heard Howl is likely to recive a wider cinema release than Spirited Away did.
Posters on the Miyazaki Mailing List suggest that you don't get your hopes up too high until US details are confirmed.
Souce: Yomiuri On-lineJoe
Ever since the domain name BattleAngelAlita.com was registered in March 2000 and pointed to Foxmovies.com rumours of a live action Hollywood version of Battle Angel Alita (or Gunnm which translates as Gun Dream) started to fly. James Cameron (one of Hollywood's most sought-after directors thanks to films like Aliens Terminator, Terminator 2 and Titanic) was one of the names that was suggested to direct the movie and now according to Ain't it Cool News he has confirmed that it is indeed his next movie.
Apparently Gally/Alita will be a Computer Generated character, and the film will be shot in 3-D.
Souce: Ain\'t it Cool NewsJoe
The folks over at Go Fish Pictures have just sent us the press release for Casshern, a live action movie inspired by the 1973 anime Robot Hunter Casshan.Joe
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that eleven animated films are eligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards.
The BBC have published an article about all the features that are running. Anime News Network also have more details.
This year Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the only anime eligible, the eleven films will compete for a maximum of three nominations, to be announced in January. One of the three nominations will then win the Oscar.
This is the forth year for the best animated feature Oscar, which was first awarded to Shrek in 2001. Then anime history was made with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away winning in 2002, making it the first anime title to ever win an Academy award. Finding Nemo won in 2003.
Souce: BBC NewsAzure
The UK Sci-Fi channel is having a Japanese horror weekend 6-7th November to celebrate the release of 'The Grudge' a remake of cult Japanese horror film Ju-on. Fans of the Ring series of horror films will be pleased to know that three of the Japanese Ring films are to be screened one after the other.Joe
Having been busy working for and interviewing Production I.G. Staff, Justin Leach has put up a fascinating Production Journal about his work on Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. It has all sorts of interesting titbits such as Oshii's skill at drawing storyboards, how Justin's knowledge or weaponry has increased (pretty scary if you ask me) and things you never really consider like the amount of effort that goes to putting a small doll on a car rear view mirror!
Souce: VFX World