Some trailers and DVD releasing information for anybody interested in Japanese films and anime… especially Berserk
Berserk – Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme King
Release date: January 2012
Running time: N/A
Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka
Starring: Hiroaki Iwanaga (Guts), Takahiro Sakurai (Griffith), Toa Yukinari (Casca), Aki Toyosaki (Charlotte) Kenta Miyake (Nosferatu Zodd), Minako Kotobuki (Rickert), Kazuki Yao (Gaston)
My first taste of Beserk since playing the Dreamcast game. Thanks to a cover-disk on Neo magazine I then watched the first episode and found it dull and I never really got into it. This trailer looks much more exciting.
Due out in Japanese theatres in January 2012 this is the first of a trilogy of movies based on Miura Kentarō’s original Beserk manga covering the Golden Age Arc (vols. 3-13). Animated by Studio 4°C, it has been directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka who has worked as animation director on notable titles like Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Christo), Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and the Working Through Pain Segment of Batman:Gotham Knight.
Interestingly, the trailer features a sample of the film’s main theme, Aria, which was composed by electronic artist Hirsawa Susumu (Paprika, Paranoia Agent) who workedcomposed the soundtracks for the series and videgames as well as the closing theme Utsukushikumono by Ai. This is also another sign of Warner Bros. increased presence in the Japanese film industry where they are distributing or making titles like Paradise Kiss and Higanjima. The CGI doesn’t convince but the rest of the chaos does a this is my chance to get involved in what many consider to be a classic franchise.
The Dinosaurs Before Dark
Release date: 7th January 2012
Running time: N/A
Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori
Starring: Keiko Kitagawa, Mana Ashida
The trailer for the anime adaptation of “The Dinosaurs Before Dark” was premiered at The Tokyo International Film Festival. Why am I interested about this? Well it is directed by Hirsohi Nishikori who is the director two hit shows: Toaru Majutsu no Index and Azumanga Daioh.
The Dinosaurs Before Dark is part of American author Mary Pope Osborne’s series of books named The Magic Tree House started in 1992. The story focuses two siblings: eight-year-old Jack and seven-year-old Rin. The two go on adventures through time thanks to a magic tree house owned by a mysterious woman named Morgan. In this movie they travel back to the Cretaceous Period and it looks like there’s some pirate action. To be honest I have no idea about the books but they are popular in Japan and that is reflected in the anime adaptation’s impressive staff-list with Hiroshi Nishikiori, working off a script by Ichiro Okouchi, writer on shows like Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Azumanga Daioh. Yoshiaki Yanagida (Genshiken, Spirit of Wonder – classics!) designed the characters and supervised the animation process. Jack is voiced by Keiko Kitagawa who starred in the recent live-action Paradise Kiss and Rin is voiced by Mana Ashida, who took on the role of Rin in the recent live-action adaptation of Usagi Drop.
Release date: 14th November 2011 (DVD) 12th June 2010 (Japanese Theatrical)
Running time: 109 mins.
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shiina, Ryo Kase, Renji Ishibashi Takashi Tsukamoto, Eihi Shiina
Takeshi Kitano’s return to the Yakuza picture in Outrage fell a bit flat in Cannes 2010 with some criticising it for lacking in every department except violence which was stylish and brutal. I’m sure that will be enough for genre-fans, the trailer left me cold. Anyway StudioCanal (formerly Optimum) announced details of their DVD/Blu-Ray release set for the 14th of November. It includes a making of documentary, cast and crew interviews, artwork and trailer. You can order pre-order from Amazon.
I mentioned Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water earlier, well that anime classic is getting a re-release in on the Blu-Ray format and the box set has some gorgeous artwork from Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. I want it.